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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

Garland Wayne Benton, Former Reef Securities Broker- Investigation

November 25, 2015- Richardson, Texas 

Rex Securities Law is investigating Garland Wayne Benton, Jr.  who was  a stock broker with Reef Securities, Inc.  from June 2002 until April 2015  when he was terminated from Reef Securities, Inc. , who permitted him to resign.

On his official FINRA record, Reef Securities makes the following allegations related  to Benton’s termination:

SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY EFFECTIVE MARCH 25, 2015 FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW FIRM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND ALLEGATIONS OF SELLING AWAY – PRIVATE SECURITIES TRANSACTION FROM 2008.

RESIGNED ON APRIL 2, 2015 DURING ONGOING COMPANY INVESTIGATION. NO EVIDENCE WAS PROVIDED TO PROVE MR. BENTON’S PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS WAS HACKED. THUS THE FIRM CONCLUDED THAT MR. BENTON SOLD AWAY TO MR. PAUL. MR. BENTON POSSIBLY VIOLATED FIRM POLICY AND FINRA RULES. 3270 – OUTSIDE BUSINESS, 3040 – PRIVATE SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS, 2010-STANDARDS OF COMMERCIAL HONOR AND TRADE

Benton’s FINRA record indicates that he has been named in 3 customer complaints. The most recent, a FINRA arbitration filed by a California investor in 2014 seeks damages of nearly $1 million on oil and gas investments. The aggrieved investor makes the following allegations in the action that is currently pending:

  • failure to supervise
  • failure to conduct adequate due diligence
  • failure to adequately disclose risk
  • solicitation violations
  • breach of contract

Reef Securities, Inc. has been registered with FINRA since 1993 and has about 15 financial advisors operating from their office in Richardson, Texas. 

Reef Securities, along with various other broker dealers, has sold to investors numerous oil and gas investments sponsored by the Reef Oil and Gas Companies, including the following:

  • 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

If you have losses in an account handled by Wayne Benton you may be entitled to recover damages from his former employer. 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