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How to Recover Losses on Reef Oil and Gas Fund Investments

April 2018-Richardson, TX

Reef Securities Inc. and its owner and president Frank Mauceli were sanctioned by FINRA on April 11, 2018, for failing to timely notify investors in an Oil and Gas Drilling and Income Fund L.P. , sold in 2014, of revisions to an offering prospectus and of the investors’ rights to rescind his or her investment.

In addition Reef was sanctioned for advertising violations in another Reef offering. According to the FINRA sanction the subject advertising communications:

“failed to provide a balanced presentation or a sound basis for evaluating the investments being promoted, contained misleading and unwarranted claims, and, in addition, made prohibited profit projections.”

FINRA noted the following as being inconsistent and unwarranted statements in the subject advertising materials:

  • a 3 year profit range of 45%-75% in one communication vs a 35-45% range in another communication
  • a divest period of 24-36 months in one communication vs. 3-5 years in another communication
  • prohibited investor performance projections such as “Total Anticipated Profit 45%-75%”

Reef Securities was censured and fined $40,000. Mauceli was fined $5,000 and suspended 4 months from association from any FINRA member firm in all principal capacities. FINRA AWC2015043469001

Reef Oil and Gas, an affiliate of Reef Securities, engages in the developing, exploiting and producing oil and natural gas.

A partial list of recent Reef oil and gas offerings we have been investigating:

  • Reef 2015 Oil & Gas Opportunity Fund
  • Reef 2015 Income Fund
  • Reef Bakken Bear Cat Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2012-A Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2011 Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2010 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2009 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2007-2009 Drilling Program
  • Reef Oil & Gas Drilling & Income Fund
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund III
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund IV

Reef Oil and Gas investments were sold by many brokerage firms, including Reef Securities. These investments can be unsuitable for certain individuals, including the elderly and retired. If you have losses on an investment in one of the Reef Oil and Gas offerings, 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

Couple Awarded $550,000 For Losses on Breitburn Energy Investments-St. Louis

September 2017-St. Louis, MO

A FINRA arbitration panel ordered J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons to pay a couple $450,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in punitive damages and costs of over $18,000. The couple alleged that the firm and broker sold all of their blue chip stocks and invested all of the funds in a highly speculative oil and gas company, Breitburn Energy Partners Limited.

The couple contended that the lack of diversification exposed them to massive risk which was contrary to their conservative investment objectives and risk tolerance. Benitone, et al vs. J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC, FINRA Case 16-01819. 

Stockbrokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable in light of your age, health and level of financial sophistication. Brokers are required to make recommendations that comply with your stated investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Many investors have suffered significant losses in oil and gas and other energy related investments over recent years. If you have questions about losses on energy investments, call for a no charge consultation.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Douglas Hardwick-Former Texas Securities Broker-Sanctioned for Sale of Oil & Gas Investments

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Douglas R. Hardwick  (CRD#4522610) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but who was previously registered with  Texas Securities, Inc.,  discloses a pending regulatory matter.

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 December 2016 Alabama securities regulators issued a cease and desist order naming Hardwick and others for the solicitation and selling of working interests in oil and gas ventures to Alabama residents without being properly registered as an agent. Admin Order CD 2016-0011. 

 

Hardwick  has not been registered as a securities broker since he left Texas Securities in 8/2009.

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

Tom (Gil) Parks, Jr.-Former Ameriprise Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Disputes Over Oil & Gas & Annuity Investments-Stephenville, TX

See this for JULY 2018 UPDATE

JULY 2017-Stephenville, TX 

According to publicly available records Tom Gilliam Parks, Jr. , (CRD#1558909) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered and who last was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services  discloses 9 pending customer disputes, 14 prior final 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.

The customer disputes include:

  • FINRA arbitration 17-0563 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $113,486 for unsuitable investments, including investments in annuities
  • FINRA arbitration 17-0026 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $335,000 for unsuitable investments in mutual funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships
  • FINRA arbitration 16-03649 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $180,000 for unsuitable investments in  oil & gas master limited partnerships
  • FINRA arbitration 16-03125 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $101,000 for unsuitable investments in  oil & gas master limited partnerships, a closed end mutual fund and a business development company (BDC)

Six of the prior final customer disputes have been resolved by cash settlements, including:

  • FINRA Case 16-03529 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $95,000 for unsuitable investments in oil & gas master limited partnerships, and a  RiverSource variable universal life policy. That case was settled for $50,000.
  • FINRA Case 16-01069 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $244,000 for unsuitable investments in equities, funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships. That case was settled for $175,000.
  • FINRA Case 16-0653 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $148,000 for unsuitable investments in an annuity, an exchange traded fund (ETF) mutual funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships. That case was settled for $70,000.

Tom Parks was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services from 12/1993-4/2016. In 4/2016 Parks was ‘permitted to resign’ from Ameriprise who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Registered representative resigned while on heightened supervision for violations of company policy related to suitability, client disclosure and outgoing correspondence.”

If you have losses in an account handled by Tom (Gil)  Parks, Jr. you may be able to recover damages from his former employer 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

Warren J Thomas-Former Sandlapper Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute

February 2017-Pasadena, CA

According to publicly available records Warren Jesse Thomas , (CRD# 2299254) ,  a   stockbroker who is currently employed by Lighthouse Capital Group, discloses a pending customer dispute.

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.

Thomas discloses that a customer of his former employer Sandlapper Securities has filed FINRA arbitration 15-03217 alleging damages of $200,000 for losses on an oil and gas investment in Coachman Energy-Bakken Drilling Fund III. The customer alleges breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud and breach of contract.

Thomas has been employed by Lighthouse Capital Group  since 6/2014. His prior employments include Sandlapper Securities, Nelsonreid Inc. and Steven L. Falk & Assoc. 

If you have losses on one of the Coachman Energy Funds or in an account handled by Warren J. Thomas, call 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