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William Merriam IV – Former Merrill Lynch Broker- Barred from Securities Industry- Jacksonville, FL

October 2017 – Jacksonville, FL

According to publicly available records William  H. Merriam IV, (CRD#5222110) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Merrill Lynch , disclose  a prior regulatory event and a termination for conduct involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents.

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 August of 2017 Merriam was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he refused to appear for on the record testimony during a FINRA investigation in allegations that he resigned after Merrill Lynch commenced an internal review into allegations of forgery.

Merriam was allowed to voluntarily resign from Merrill Lynch in  December 2016 after allegations involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents. He began working for Merrill Lynch in June 2014.

If you have questions about an account handled by William H. Merriam, IV,  contact us 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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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William F. Garbarino-Former Lincoln Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Danbury, CT

September 2017 – Danbury, CT

According to publicly available records  William F. Garbarino (CRD#730278) , a former stockbroker  who was most recently employed by Lincoln Financial Advisors , disclose a termination from employment and a regulatory event that resulted in his bar from the securities industry, a customer dispute and an outstanding judgment/lien.

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.

Garbarino was employed by Lincoln Financial Advisors from 5/2009-4/2017. He was discharged in 4/2017 by Lincoln Financial who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “FINRA made a preliminary determination to pursue disciplinary action against the representative in connection with FINRA’s allegation that he provided false testimony under oath”

Without admitting or denying the findings, Garbarino consented to a permanent bar from the securities industry and to the entry of findings that he falsely testified during a FINRA arbitration that his office staff did not photocopy and reuse customer signatures to create annuity company change of broker forms, and each of the customer signatures contained a sample of those form were authentic and non identical. During a hearing Garbarino testified that customer signatures were authentic and not photocopies of the originals.

The findings also state that at the time of his testimony his son, who worked at his office, obtained from certain customers executed but partially blank, signature pages for such forms, which he photocopied and used to create falsified new forms containing non authentic signatures which were submitted to several annuity companies as originals.

If you have questions about an account handled by William F. Garbarino, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Jean Walsh-Josephson -Former Thrivent Investment Management Broker & Husband Die In Murder-Suicide

February 2017-Oshkosh, Wisconsin

According to US News, the sheriff of Winnebago County reports that former Thrivent Investment Management stock broker Jean A. Walsh-Josephson and her husband, Dewey Josephson,  were found shot to death in a murder-suicide. The couple was in the middle of a two week trial for allegedly stealing money from elderly clients.

The couple was found in their home in Town of Utica after they failed to show up for trial Monday morning, February  27, 2017.

Public records disclose that Walsh-Josephson worked for Thrivent Investment Management from 7/1996-9/2015 when she was discharged following being criminally charged for forgery and theft. She was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA in 1/2016.

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Kevin Hudak-Former Foothill Securities Broker-Barred From Securities Industry

November 2016-Albuquerque, NM

The FINRA records of  Kevin Hudak,  a  former stockbroker last employed in the industry by Foothill Securities , was permanently barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public.

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.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Hudak consented to entry of findings that he submitted non-solicitation forms to his firm that had non-authentic customer signatures. Hudak falsified the non-solicitation forms by having customers sign blank forms, which he then photocopied and reused for transactions in low priced securities.

The findings also state that Hudak provided false and misleading testimony to FINRA in connection with their investigation into the matter.

Hudak was registered with Foothill Securities from 6/2014-10/2015. Prior to that he was employed by Cetera Advisor Networks.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Kevin Hudak  contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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