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Gary Haack-Former Corecap Investments Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-San Antonio, TX

April 2018- San Antonio, Texas

According to publicly available records Gary C. Haack  (CRD#2796834) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Corecap Investments  discloses  2 prior customer disputes.

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 FINRA arbitration 15-0836, a customer of one of his prior employers, WFG Investments,  sought damages of $115,000 and alleged unsuitable investments in speculative products in connection with an investment in a private placement offering of medical and research firms. The case was settled for $70,000 in 6/2016.

Gary C. Haack  was employed by Corecap Investments from 6/2016-12/2017. His prior employment includes FSC Securities, WFG Investments and NEXT Financial Group.

If you have questions about an account handled by Gary C. Haack  contact us 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Joseph L. Cotter-Former NEXT Financial Group Broker-Discloses Fine/Suspension/Termination-Charlotte, N.Carolina

March 2018- Charlotte, N. Carolina

The FINRA records of  Joseph L. Cotter  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently not registered and who was last employed by  Petersen Investments disclose a recent regulatory matter resulting in his suspension, 2 prior customer disputes, a pending investigation and 2 terminations 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 November 2017, to resolve allegations that he engaged in excessive trading and  unsuitable trading in a customer account, Cotter was suspended for 9 months (11/6/2017-8/5/2018) , ordered to pay disgorgement of $100,549 and assessed a fine of $15,000.

FINRA found that Cotter exercised de facto control over the account an unsophisticated lady client and used this control to excessively trade the account in a manner that was inconsistent with the her investment objectives, financial situation and needs. As a result the customer’s account lost nearly $400,000 and generated commissions of over $100,000. FINRA Case 220166049316301. 

Cotter’s FINRA record discloses that in April 2017 FINRA advised that they are forwarding examination 20160493163 to FINRA Enforcement.

In 1/2017, a customer of Cotter’s prior employer, NEXT Financial Group, was paid $328,646 to resolve allegations that Cotter mismanaged her account from 2013-2016.

Joseph L. Cotter  was discharged by NEXT Financial Group on 3/18/2016 for excessively trading a customer account. Cotter was employed by NEXT Financial 6/2008-3/2016.

NEXT FInancial Group made the  following allegation  on Cotter’s official FINRA record:“The firm conducted an internal review of the trading activity in a customer’s accounts and found the level of trading activity to be excessive in light of the customer’s profile and the character of the account.”

In May 2017 Cotter was allowed to “voluntarily resign” from   Petersen Investments who made the following allegation on his FINRA record:“On April 2017, FINRA notified Mr. Cotter that examination 20160493163 was being referred to its Enforcement Division for further review.”

If you have losses in an account handled by Joseph Cotter, contact us  for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his prior employer.

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

Matt S. Neas Investigation-Former Newbridge Securities Broker Subject of Numerous Customer Suits-Austin, TX

April 2018-Austin, TX

According to publicly available records Matt S. Neas  , (CRD# 2863660) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Newbridge Securities Corp. was recently permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA.

The FINRA record of Matt Neas discloses two currently pending customer disputes, 8 prior customer disputes, a termination from employment and 4 outstanding judgment/liens. A recent press release indicates that an Austin couple has filed a FINRA arbitration claim against his employer Newbridge Securities alleging that a large part of their life savings has been lost as a result of a recommendation to invest  in risky exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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 2/2018 a customer of Newbridge Securities brought a claim against Newbridge alleging that Matt Neas made unsuitable investment recommendations and charged excessive commissions. In this currently pending dispute, the customers are seeking damages of $700,000.

FINRA arbitration 18-0542 was filed against Newbridge Securities in 2/2018. The customer alleges that Neas made unsuitable recommendations to invest in risky ETFs and breached his fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $180,000.

The prior customer disputes that have been settled include:

  • FINRA Case 11-0767-a customer of his prior employer Merrill Lynch was paid $75,000 to resolve allegations that Neas made unsuitable investment recommendations , traded the account without permission and made excessive trades.
  • FINRA Case 8-3095- a customer of his prior employers UBS Financial Services and Merrill Lynch was paid $180,000 to resolve allegations that Neas unsuitably invested and churned his account.

Neas was employed by Merrill Lynch from 11/2005-8/2008. He was discharged by Merrill Lynch 7/2008 after the firm concluded that he exercised discretion in client accounts without written authorization.

Neas was then employed by NEXT Financial Group from 9/2008-2/2011 and then with Newbridge Securities Corp. from 2/2011-3/2017. Neas discloses an affiliation with Neas Financial Group in Austin, TX.

Neas discloses currently outstanding liens/judgements to the IRS of $155,388 and to Merrill Lynch of $1,083,357.

If you have losses in an  investment account handled by Matt S. Neas , call 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Former NEXT Financial Group Broker Heidi Wivolin Pleads Guilty to Wire/Tax Fraud-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

MARCH 2018 UPDATEShawn O’Sullivan a former registered broker who once shared office space with Heidi Wivolin in the former NEXT Financial Group offices that were located in Manalapan, FL, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy  to commit mail fraud. He will be sentenced in the coming months.

February 2018-Ft. Lauderdale , Florida

Former NEXT Financial Group broker Heidi Wivolin has agreed to plead  guilty to an Information filed by US Attorney’s Office to the following:

  • One count of Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud
  • One count of Willfully Filing a False Income Tax Return for 2010, and
  • One count of Tax Evasion for 2011

In the Factual Agreement entered into with the government, Wivolin agrees that had the case proceeded to trial the government would have proven certain facts, beyond a reasonable doubt, including:

  • Wivolin marketed securities and investment services to Finnish clients
  • Between July 2008 through January 2014 Wivolin and co-defendant Shawn O’Sullivan devised a scheme to defraud a customer by purporting to sell a bond and promising a 7% rate of return
  • Wivolin never invested any of the money in a bond or other investment vehicle
  • Wivolin and  O’Sullivan took the customer’s money and used it for their personal and business expenses
  • Wivolin continued to perpetuate the illusion that the customer’s money had been invested by verbal assurances and by sending false and fraudulent statements.

Statutory maximum sentences are 20 years for mail fraud, 3 years for filing a false tax return and up to five years for tax evasion. Sentencing is set for May 2, 2018.

Wivolin has agreed to pay restitution to a person referred to as “M.W.” in court pleadings in the amount of $190,280.51 and restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $140,069. Wivolin also agrees to make restitution to a person referred to as “P.M.” in the plea agreement in the amount of $2,567,585 for wire fraud against P.M. in year 2012 and 2013. USA vs Heidi Wivolin, Case 9:18-cr-80023-WPD, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Wivolin was a stockbroker registered with NEXT Financial Group from 2009-2014.

Pasi Martin, et al vs. NEXT Financial Group–    As we have previously reported, Dickenson Murphy Rex & Sloan and co-counsel Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas & Weiss represent a group of Finnish individuals and companies who allege that millions were stolen from them by Wivolin while she was employed at the NEXT Financial Group office that was previously located in Manalapan, FL.

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

Erryn Barkett-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-The Woodlands, TX/Fincastle, VA

February 2018-The Woodlands, TX -Fincastle, VA

According to publicly available records Erryn Michael Barkett , (CRD# 4102279) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who was last employed by LPL Financial, disclose a recent regulatory sanction, 2 pending customer disputes, 3 prior customer disputes and 6 financial disclosures.

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 2/2016, Barkett was sanctioned by the Virginia State Corporation Commission who alleged the sale of  unsuitable and unregistered securities and the omission of  material information in the sale of those securities causing investors to lose $330,000. Barkett was ordered to pay restitution of $15,000 by the Virginia regulators.

Public records disclose that  Barkett’s prior employer  NEXT Financial Group paid over $310,000 to settle the claims of four customers who alleged that Barkett sold them fraudulent unregistered products involving structured military pension investments in Voyager Financial Group.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0132  customers of NEXT Financial Group are seeking damages of $310,000 and allege that between 2009 and 2013 Barkett recommended that they invest in various fraudulent companies and recommended nearly $650,000 in illiquid and poor performing alternative investments, REITs and annuities.

In a case pending in Botetourt County Circuit Court in Fincastle, VA, a customer of NEXT Financial Group has filed an action seeking damages of $78,000 alleging that Barkett sold unregistered securities in a military pension product that were not suitable.

Barkett was employed by NEXT Financial Group 3/2008-1/2013 and with LPL Financial 1/2013-8/2017.

If you have questions about an account handled by Erryn Michael Barkett, contact us to learn how damages may be recoverable 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