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Anthony Sica-Joseph Gunnar Broker-Sanctioned Over Sale of Speculative Securities to Elderly Client-New York

June 2018- New York

The FINRA records of Anthony Sica  , a stock broker who is employed by Joseph Gunnar & Co. , disclose  3 regulatory sanctions, a pending customer dispute and  8 prior customer disputes.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

Maryland Sanction for Abusing Account of Elderly Lady

In December 2017, the Maryland Securities Commissioner alleged that Sica repeatedly recommended that an elderly customer, living on fixed income,  purchase high-risk, speculative securities that were inconsistent with her investment profile and which were unsuitable. Sica’s recommendations often resulted in an undue concentration of the her liquid assets in speculative securities resulting in losses of over $150,000. The regulator also found that Sica made unauthorized trades in the IRA account of a customer Sica knew was deceased causing losses. Sica was suspended for three months, fined $20,000 , ordered to pay restitution and to complete continuing education concerning how to deal with senior customers.

Prior customer disputes by customers of Sica include:

  • FINRA Case 14-1574- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged unsuitable recommendations, frequent trading, unauthorized trading and sought damages of $479,000. The case was settled for $302,500.
  • FINRA Case 10-969- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged that Sica mismanaged his account and made unsuitable recommendations and sought damages of $356,773. The case was settled for $157,500.

In currently pending FINRA Case 17-02160 a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleges unsuitable investments and breach of fiduciary duty from August 2011-March 2015, and is seeking damages of $49,181.

Anthony Sica has been employed by Joseph Gunnar since 10/2003.

Brokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable, taking into account the age, health, level of financial sophistication, risk tolerance and investment objectives of the customer.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Anthony Sica, call for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

AARP S. Dakota Elder Abuse Event-June 14, 2018

June 13-Sioux Falls, S.D.

Erik Nelson, director of advocacy for AARP South Dakota recently stated that many seniors who are taken advantage of react with hurt or disbelief and hesitate to tell someone. “There is definitely a sense of shame, if your will, if someone does succumb to a fraud or a scam” Nelson said in a recent article in the Public News Service.

AARP South Dakota Elder Abuse Event

June 14, 2018– AARP South Dakota is holding a telephone town hall event to discuss elder abuse and financial exploitation, ahead of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is Friday June 15, 2018. Questions will be answered live by a panel which will include representatives from the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office and the South Dakota Departments of Health, Human Services, and Social Services.

To register for the free event go to the website, here. 

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your investment account has been handled, or if you think you are a victim of abuse by your financial advisor, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Glenn Lattz-Former Gradient Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-Bonita Springs, FL

June 2018-Bonita Springs, Florida

The FINRA records of  Glenn Patrick Lattz ,   a  stockbroker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by  Gradient Securities disclose 2 prior regulatory events, 2 pending customer disputes, 3 prior customer disputes and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In 2015 the Florida Department of Financial Services placed Mr. Lattz on one year probation and assessed a fine of $3,500 to resolve allegations that Mr. Lattz made misrepresentations on an annuity application, misrepresented the terms and conditions of an annuity, and advertised an agency location that was not licensed or registered with the Department. Case #169403-15-AG.

In pending FINRA arbitration 18-01227, a customer of Gradient Securities alleges that from 12/2017-2/2018  Mr. Lattz liquidated the customer’s annuities subjecting them to penalties and losses. Damages of $150,000 are sought.

In a state court case 14-CA-9767, pending in Hillsborough County, FL, a customer of Mr. Lattz former employer, Legacy Financial Services, alleges elder abuse, negligence, misappropriation of funds and other claims in connection with the purchase of an insurance policy. Damages of $240,000 are being sought in that matter.

Glenn Lattz was employed by Gradient Securities from 12/2009-6/2018. Lattz discloses business affiliations with Premier Financial Resources and Premier Financial Solutions in Bonita Springs and Lady Lake,FL.

In 3/2007 Lattz was ‘permitted to resign’ from Legacy Financial Solutions for holding a securities seminar without firm approval.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Glenn Lattz, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney, at no cost to you.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Sonya Camarco-Former LPL Financial Broker-Charged With Securities Fraud/Theft-Colorado Springs, CO

May 2018-Colorado Springs, CO

The FINRA records of  Sonya D. Camarco ,   a   former LPL FInancial broker was recently permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to respond to a FINRA Notice of Suspension.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

Camarco has been charged with 25 counts of securities fraud and theft in a criminal proceeding pending in Douglas County, Colorado. According to the regulator statement on her FINRA disclosure report she withdrew funds from client accounts at LPL Financial  using third party check requests that were payable to C Investments and mailed to a post office box in Parker, Colorado. The checks were retrieved by Camarco who used the funds for her personal benefit.

There are several currently pending customer arbitrations on behalf of Carmarco’s victims.

Sonya Camarco was employed by LPL Financial from 2/2004 until 8/2017 when the theft was discovered and she was discharged.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Sonya Camarco, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you can recover damages.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney, at no cost to you.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Utah Regulators Move to Fine Cetera, LPL an CUSO Financial Services Over Credit Union Operations

May 2018-Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Division of Securities filed actions against Cetera Advisor Network, Paul W. Neuenswander and Financial Network FID West LLC, d/b/a Peak Financial Network Solutions over credit union violations. Link to the Utah pleading here. 

Neuenswander is a licensed stockbroker who is employed by Cetera.  Peak Financial Network is the DBA for Financial Network FID West LLC and is a registered branch of Cetera.

The Utah regulator conducted examinations of Cetera’s business operations being conducted in the following credit unions:

  • Jordan Credit Union
  • Granite Credit Union
  • Deseret First Credit Union 
  • Utah Community Credit Union

The regulator found that Cetera failed to comply with regulatory requirements governing networking arrangements between broker-dealers and credit unions, approved the use of misleading sales and advertising materials provided to the public and failed to supervise the business being conducted from their operations within the credit unions. As a result customers were not adequately informed that investments were being provided by Cetera and not the financial institution.

The Utah Division of Securities has filed similar proceedings for similar violations against LPL Financial and CUSO Financial Services.

If you have suffered losses as a result of investments you made with Cetera, LPL or CUSO Financial Services at a credit union, you may be able to recover damages. Call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870