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Herbert “Elias” Hafen-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Pleads Guilty to Fraud- New York, NY

November  2019- New York, NY

The FINRA records of  Herbert “Elias” Hafen ,  a  financial advisor previously employed by  Morgan Stanley, disclose a prior regulatory event,  a pending criminal matter, a pending civil matter, a prior customer dispute 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 2/2019  Hafen failed to respond to FINRA request for information in connection with a FINRA investigation and was permanently barred from the securities industry.

In September 2019 Hafen pled guilty to investment adviser fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for January 2020.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Hafen in 9/2019 alleging that from July 2011-April 2018 Hafen defrauded clients of the financial institutions he worked for at that time. VIctims were promised 6% interest in an investment that had little risk. In reality there was no investment and Hafen used the money for personal expenses. Of the $1.6 million he raised from victims only about $650,000 was returned.

In 5/2019, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer was paid $430,000 to resolve allegations that Hafen  misappropriated funds.

In 8/2018 Hafen was discharged from Wells Fargo Clearing Services  after he admitted to entering into financial arrangements with clients that were not approved by the firm.

Hafen was registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services  from March to September of 2018.  Prior to that he was employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from 6/2009-4/2018.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Herbert “Elias” Hafen , contact us 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Michael Christians-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Regulatory Investigation-Plano, TX

June 2018- Plano, TX

The FINRA records of Michael S. Christians  , a stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Morgan Stanley , disclose a currently pending regulatory event, 2 prior customer disputes, a pending investigation 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 February 2018 FINRA initiated a regulatory investigation after a customer of Morgan Stanley alleged that Christians falsely signed her name to firm documents.

Christians  was employed by Morgan Stanley  since 6/2009 until 1/2018 when he was discharged after the firm learned of the false signing of a client on firm documents.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Michael S. Christians , 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Tom Brolle Investigation-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Newton, PA

May 2018-Newton, PA

According to FINRA records, Bruce Thomas Brolle ,  a stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealerdiscloses 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.

In May 2018 a customer of Morgan Stanley filed FINRA case 18-01665 alleging unsuitability with respect to investments made from June 2007-December 2016. The pending claim seeks damages of $562,086.

We are investigating  Brolle  on behalf of a retired couple who allege that they have suffered losses as a result of  unsuitable investments in energy, biotech and precious metals, including but not limited to:

  • Breitburn Energy Partners, L.P.
  • Seadrill, Ltd.
  • NRG Yield
  • Vanguard Natural Resources
  • Goldman Sachs MLP Energy Terraform Global
  • Crescent Point Energy
  • Celldex Therapeutics 
  • First Trust Precious Metals unit investment trusts

Thomas Brolle  was employed by Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-11/2016. From 11/2016-12/2017 he was employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments. He operates Brolle Wealth Management in Newton, PA.

If you have questions about an account handled by Bruce Thomas “Tom” Brolle, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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

Steven Yellen-Former Ameriprise Broker-Suspended by Securities Regulator-El Paso, Texas

November 2019 – El Paso, Texas

According to publicly available records Steven T. Yellen , (CRD# 1281663) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently suspended and who was last employed by Ameriprise Financial Services disclose a recent regulatory event, a prior customer dispute and a termination of 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 10/2019, FINRA suspended Yellen for one year and assessed a fine of $25,000 to resolve various allegations including trading an account without permission and making unauthorized transfers of customer funds.

Yellen was the subject of a customer dispute while employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In 11/2015 Morgan Stanley paid a customer $5,000 to resolve allegations that Yellen did not follow instructions to transfer stocks to their children.

In January 2018 Ameriprise discharged Yellen and made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Registered representative was discharged for violations of company policy related to outside business activities and options trading.”

Yellen was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services from 3/2016-1/2018. Prior to that he was employed by Morgan Stanley.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Steven Yellen , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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