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James T. Flynn-Former VOYA Financial Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Involving REITs-Greenville, SC

March 2019-Greer , SC

Our law firm recently filed several FINRA arbitrations against former VOYA Financial Advisors broker James T. Flynn. The claims by his former customers allege that Flynn made unsuitable recommendations and over concentrated the customers’ accounts in real estate investment trusts and other alternative, non liquid investments.

Flynn’s FINRA records  currently disclose  a recent regulatory suspension, 7 pending customer dispute, 18 prior customer disputes, 2 terminations from employment, a chapter 13 bankruptcy filing in 2013 and 3 outstanding judgment/liens.

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 September  2018, Flynn was permanently barred from the industry by FINRA for failing to respond to FINRA’s request for information in connection with a FINRA investigation.

Settlements with Flynn customers include:

In 12/2018 a customer of VOYA Financial was paid $50,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn made unsuitable investment recommendations beginning in 2014.

In 11/2018 a customer of VOYA Financial was paid $90,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn transferred assets from a 401K account into illiquid and unsuitable investments in violation of securities statutes.

In June 2018 a Voya Financial customer was paid $75,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn recommended unsuitable  alternative investments for the clients IRA and joint account.

In February 2018 a customer of Voya Financial Advisors was paid $32,912 to resolve allegations that a real estate investment trust (REIT) purchased in June 2015 was not suitable and that the customer was not aware of the risks involved or that the REIT wasn’t actively traded.

In September 2017 a customer of Voya Financial Advisors sought damages of $115,000, alleging that he questioned the suitability of real estate investment trusts (REITs) purchased in 2014 and 2015 and the replacement of a variable annuity policy. Voya paid the customer $167,673 to resolve the case in 9/2017.

In another recently resolved matter,  a customer of Voya Financial and Brookstone Securities alleged damages in connection with a $575,000 investment in annuities and real estate investment trusts (REITs). The customer alleged that they should not have been allowed to invest all of their retirement funds in unsuitable investments. In 8/2017, Voya paid the customer $196,788 to resolve the matter.

In February 2017  Flynn was discharged from Voya Financial Advisors who made the following allegation in connection therewith: “The representative provided misleading information to the Firm during a complaint investigation” related to a variable annuity.

Most recently, in 2/2018, Flynn was discharged from IFS Securities. The firm made the following allegation in connection with Flynn’s discharge: “Client alleges trading ahead of authorization.”.

Flynn discloses outstanding Federal Tax Liens of $256,165 and $18,837 and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in 2013.

Jim Flynn, who is not currently registered, was employed by  IFS Securities from 2/2017-2/2018. . He was registered with Voya Financial Advisors 5/2013-2/2017, Capital Investment Group in Greer, SC, 7/2011-6/2013 and Brookstone Securities 9/2006-7/2011. Flynn discloses a business affiliation with Flynn Insurance Group and Flynn Wealth Management in Greenville, South Carolina.

If you have losses or questions about an account  handled by James  (Jim) T. Flynn , contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. If you have information you believe would be helpful to our ongoing investigation of Jim Flynn, we would appreciate hearing from you.

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 Customer of H. Beck Broker Rick Poston-Brings $500K Suit For Unsuitable Investments-Plano, TX

May 2018-Plano, TX 

The FINRA records of  Richard  (“Rick”) E. Poston ,  a  stockbroker who last worked for H. Beck in Plano, TX, discloses a pending customer dispute, 4 prior 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.

In March 2016 a customer of H. Beck filed FINRA Case # 16-0766 seeking $200,000 in damages and alleging that he was sold an unsuitable concentration of illiquid investments in non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) between 10/2007-9/2015. In July 2016 the case was settled for $185,000.

IN 7/2017 a customer of H. Beck filed FINRA Case 17-1789 alleging that Poston over concentrated their account with high risk, illiquid REITs and business development companies (BDCs) and is seeking damages of $500,000.

Poston was employed by H. Beck from 3/2010 until he was discharged in 12/2015 for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation. Prior to that he worked for a number of other brokerage firms in the Plano area, including LPL Financial.

Unfortunately Mr. Poston passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in March of 2016.

Investors with losses in accounts that were handled by Rick Poston may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a method of dispute resolution that is typically much shorter in duration and far less costly that court litigation. We typically accept these cases on a contingent fee basis. 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

Dennis Hayes-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Suits-Charlotte, N. Carolina

March 2019- Charlotte, N. Carolina

According to FINRA records,  Dennis Allen Hayes  a stock broker who  is not currently registered and who formerly worked for Newbridge Securities Corp. , discloses a pending regulatory investigaton, 2 pending and 4 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.

In 1/2019 FINRA initiated a regulatory investigation in which the regulator alleges that Hayes recommended that customers of Newbridge Securities purchase securities from privately held companies without notice to his firm. The complaint alleges that the principal of the companies was a friend of Hayes’ family and that Hayes received a payment of $130,000.

In recently resolved FINRA Case 17-3125, a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged that they were sold unsuitable securities. That case was settled in 10/2018 for $760,000.

In FINRA Case 16-02002, a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged that they were sold unregistered securities. That case was settled in 8/2017 for $120,000.

In FINRA Case 16-0899 a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged fraud, misrepresentation and violations of the N. Carolina Securities Act. The case was settled in 7/2016 for $12,500.

The pending cases include:

  • FINRA Case 17-2853. A Newbridge Securities customer seeks damages of $650,000 and alleges that Hayes recommended unsuitable investments in promissory notes and private placements. The customer also alleges that Hayes engaged in unauthorized transactions.
  • A pending customer complaint involving a promissory note which seeks damages of $66,246.

Hayes was employed by Newbridge Securities from 2/2010-9/2016. In 9/2016  he was “permitted to resign” from Newbridge who made the following allegation on Hayes’ FINRA record: “He was permitted to resign based on two issues, first the firm has an open internal review regarding a customer complaint that evolved into an arbitration for possible selling away and private securities transactions. Second, had little or no production in the last 12 months.”

Hayes discloses business affiliations with Dennis A Hayes, CPA, and Dennis A. Hayes Financial Services in Charlotte. He was employed briefly by Salomon Whitney Financial during 4/2017.

If you have questions about losses  an account handled  by Dennis A. Hayes , 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

Tom Till-Former ProEquities Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute Involving Alternative Investments-Friendswood, TX

May 2018- Friendswood, TX

According to FINRA records,  Thomas  “Tom” A. Till  a stock broker who  is not currently registered and who last was employed in the industry by ProEquities Inc. , discloses the settlement of  FINRA arbitration 13-0021 in which a customer of ProEquities alleged various claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentations in regard to his investment in three real estate investment trusts (REITs):

  • Inland Western
  • Behringer Harvard
  • Inland American

That case was settled for $30,000.

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.

Till was employed by ProEquities from 10/2000-7/2017, and discloses a business affiliations with APPS Financial Group and Compass Tax Solutions in Friendswood, TX.

Illiquid alternative investments such as REITs are often sold with the promise of a steady and dependable stream of income and the opportunity for a ‘liquidation event’ in 5-7 years. Many investors purchase alternative investments with the mistaken belief that they are similar to a bond investment.

If you have questions about losses  an account handled  by Tom Till , call for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

ProEquities Inc. , headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, has been a FINRA member since 1985. They have over 1200 brokers in over 600 branch offices nationwide. ProEquities’ FINRA records disclose 60 prior regulatory events.

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

Losses on an Investment in The Parking REIT ?

March 2018

The Parking REIT, Inc. , a Maryland real estate investment trust announced suspension of cash distributions and stock dividends on March 23, 2018.

According to a press release issued by the company, the board is focused on preserving capital in order to maintain sufficient liquidity to continue to operate the business and maintain ability to service debt.

The Parking REIT (formerly MVP REIT II) is an unlisted, publicly traded REIT that invests primarily in parking lots and garages in the U.S. Assets include 44 parking facilities in 15 states.

Unlisted REITs are not traded on a national exchange and therefore are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to sell should an investor need liquidity.

Many investors were sold REITs with the promise of a steady and dependable income stream and now are faced with a reduction of income. For retirees on fixed income, this can present serious financial issues.

If the broker who recommended an investment in The Parking REIT misrepresented the risks associated with it or if the broker did not have reasonable basis to make such a recommendation, losses may be recoverable from the firm employing the broker. 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