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Richard Shotz-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Suspended by Regulator for Sale of UITs-Daytona Beach, FL

March 2018- Daytona Beach, Florida

The FINRA records of  Richard Alan Shotz  ,  a  stockbroker who was last employed by  Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley disclose a recent regulatory matter resulting in his 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.

In January 2018, to resolve allegations that while he was employed by Morgan Stanley he engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs) in customer accounts,  Richard Shotz was suspended for four months (2/20/2018-6/19/2018 and fined $7,500. FINRA Case 2015048039501.

The FINRA findings stated that in connection with 486 accounts Shotz repeatedly recommended that the customers purchase UITs then sell the products before their maturity dates. Most of the UITs he recommended had maturity dates of 24 months but were only held an average of 143 days. Shotz recommendations caused the customers to incur unnecessary sales charges and were unsuitable in light of the frequency and cost of the transactions.

In March 2018 Maryland securities regulators revoked Shotz’s registration.

Shotz has been employed by Wells Fargo since 10/2015. Prior to that he was with Morgan Stanley.

If you have losses in UITs purchased upon the recommendation or other questions about an account  handled by Richard Shotz 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Timothy T. Gibbons-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Ordered to Pay Former Customers $749K-New Orleans,LA

November 2017-New Orleans, LA

According to FINRA records,   without admitting or denying the findings, Timothy T. Gibbons a former Morgan Stanley broker,  entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to five elderly customers ranging in age from 72 to 90.

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.

According to FINRA Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047910601, Gibbons over concentrated the accounts of these elderly clients in a single energy related investment. The concentration level in the customer’s accounts ranged from 65% to 79%.

The recommendation to invest in such a manner was unsuitable based on the customer’s age, risk tolerance, investment objectives and financial circumstances. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires stockbrokers to have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy is suitable for the customer taking those and other factors such as tax status, investment experience time horizon and liquidity needs, into account.

Gibbons, who was employed by Morgan Stanley from 2009-2015,  was suspended from association with any FINRA member for 18 months, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay partial restitution to the customers of $716,750.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Timothy Gibbons or if you believe your broker over concentrated your portfolio in energy stocks or made other unsuitable recommendations, 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

Patrick D. Combs-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute and Suspension by FINRA-Southlake, TX

May 2017-Southlake, TX

The FINRA records of  Patrick D. Combs  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently suspended by FINRA and who was last registered with IMS Securities disclose a pending customer dispute, a final regulatory event 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.

Combs discloses case 048-283087-16 pending in Tarrant County District Court alleging unspecified damages related to a 2012 non-broker affiliated investment.

IN 3/2017 Combs was suspended by FINRA for 7 months and fined $7,500 to resolve allegations that he participated in a private securities transaction without providing written notice to Morgan Stanley. The customer invested $500,000 in a promissory note in a privately held sports drink company. FINRA findings state that Combs submitted false answers concerning the private securities transaction in annual compliance questionnaires.

Combs  was employed by Morgan Stanley  from 6/2009-3/2016He was terminated by Morgan Stanley who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Allegations regarding employee’s conduct regarding the use of personal email to facilitate a private securities investment for a firm client.”

Combs was then employed briefly 3/2016-4/2016 by Houston-based IMS Securities.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Patrick D. Combs , 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Ari M. Baum-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Discharge & Pending Customer Dispute

New York

According to FINRA records,  Ari M. Baum  a stockbroker  who currently works  for Prospera Financial Services , discloses  a termination from employment and a currently 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.

Baum discloses  that in 9/2014 he was discharged from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. The company made the following allegation on Baum’s FINRA record: “Financial advisor altered the contents of an email sent internally related to a delayed banking transaction”.

In currently pending FINRA Case #16-0938, a customer of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney alleges damages of $1,285,000 for unsuitable transactions made in the account from 2013-2014.

Baum has been employed by  Prospera Financial Services since 10/2014. He was employed by Morgan Stanley from 11/2009-10/2014.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Ari M. Baum, 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