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Texas Regulators Revoke Gus Marwieh’s Securities Registration-Austin, TX

October 2019 – Austin, Texas 

Texas Securities Commissioner, Travis Iles, revoked the registration of  Gus Marwieh  for fraud related to the sale of pension investments, according to a news release from the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB). 

According to the release Marwieh, who was president of Marwieh Advisory Services in Austin, fraudulently sold over $5 million in investments without disclosing excessive commissions, misuse of client funds and conflicts of interest.

The TSSB inspection of Marwieh’s books and records revealed that Marwieh primarily recommended investments in either Future Income Payments (FIP) supposedly based on payouts from pensions, and promissory notes from real estate developers which were supposed to pay 18% annually.

The TSSB found that Marwieh collected commissions on sales of these two products in excess $300,000 and violated his fiduciary duty by not disclosing conflicts of interest to his customers and by using escrowed funds to pay personal expenses.

Link to TSSB Disciplinary Order. 

About the TSSB, from their website:

The State Securities Board is responsible for administering and enforcing the Texas Securities Act. The agency is overseen by five Board members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for six-year overlapping terms. The Board adopts and periodically updates rules to ensure that investors are adequately protected and that unreasonable burdens on legitimate capital-raising activities are avoided. The Board appoints a Securities Commissioner who serves at its pleasure and serves as the agency’s chief administrative officer and supervises the day-to-day activities of the staff.

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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Alan New-Former NY Life Broker-Subject of Multiple Suits Over Woodbridge Investments-Fort Wayne, IN

Updated January 2019- Fort Wayne, Indiana

The FINRA records of  Alan Harold New ,  a  former stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by NYLife Securities  disclose a pending civil matter brought by the SEC and  13 pending customer disputes involving the allegedly fraudulent Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds and Future Income Payments (FIP).

Total damages sought by these customers exceed $3 million.

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.

Allegations by the customers include false representations by New  that the investments were safe, secure and low risk.

In 12/2018 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil suit alleging that New served as an unregistered brokers on behalf of the Woodbridge Group of Companies. According to the SEC investors were told that the Woodbridge securities were safe and secure. The SEC seeks penalties, fines, disgorgement and an injunction.

Woodbridge-A $1.2 billion Ponzi According to SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and an asset freeze against a group of unregistered funds and their owner who allegedly bilked thousands of retail investors, many of them seniors, in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

According to the SEC’s complaint, unsealed in federal court in Miami, Florida, Robert H. Shapiro and a group of unregistered investment companies called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, formerly headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, defrauded more than 8,400 investors in unregistered Woodbridge funds.

“We allege that through aggressive tactics, Woodbridge and Shapiro swindled seniors into a business model built on lies, which the SEC’s Miami Regional Office staff moved to halt,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

“Our complaint alleges that Woodbridge’s business model was a sham,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “The only way Woodbridge was able to pay investors their dividends and interest payments was through the constant infusion of new investor money.”

“Our complaint further alleges that Shapiro used a web of layered companies to conceal his ownership interest in the purported third-party borrowers,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office.  “Shapiro used the scheme to line his pockets with millions of investor dollars.”

New was employed by NYLife Securities  from 6/2004-8/2016 and discloses an affiliation with Synergy Financial Group and Synergy Investment Services, both of which are located in Fort Wayne.

If you have losses in an account handled by Alan New call for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of damages from NYLife Securities.

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

How to Recover Losses on Future Income Payments Losses

July 2018 UPDATE

Investors in Future Income Payments LLC (FIP) who made their investment upon the recommendation of a registered stockbroker, a registered investment advisor, accountant  or a licensed insurance agent may be able to recover damages for their losses.

While FIP touted itself as “the industry leader and an innovator in buying and selling secondary market pension cash flows….’  numerous officials from various states have alleged that FIP is actually issuing loans which are disguised as sales and charging exorbitant and sometime usurious rates on interest on the loans.

Securities regulators in a number of states (including California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington) have issued cease and desist orders curtailing FIP’s practices in those states.

New York regulators shut FIP down in that state and required them to pay back any interest charged plus a $500,000 fine for operating illegally and charging interest at rates as high as 130%.

In May 2018 The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities announced reaching an agreement with FIP (formerly Pensions, Annuities and Settlements, LLC) and owner Scott A. Kohn to provide restitution and relief to over 300 Pennsylvania resident victims. Link to the agency press release. 

Regulatory investigations and actions are pending in another 15 states.

Veterans Targeted -$60K for a $20K Advance

According to recent press, Mr. Wright, a Vietnam Veteran found FIP’s website online and applied for an advance of $20,000 on his military pension. He signed the paper work from FIP, received the advance and months later did he realize that he had agreed to pay FIP $500 a month from his construction pension for ten years. He would be paying $60,000 back for the $20,000 advance.

“This company preys upon vulnerable people who are desperate for money”, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. “For a few thousand dollars in cash upfront, you’re forced to sign over tens of thousands of dollars from your future pension income. That’s what we call predatory lending. ” 

Regulators are also targeting an affiliate , Pensions  Annuities and Settlements, which is owned by Scott Kohn, the owner of FIP .

Investors in FIP have reported that monthly distributions have been reduced and in most cases, completely suspended.

If you have questions about an investment you made in Future Income Payments LLC, call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney to learn how you may be able to recover your 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