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Ahmad Wares- Former Salomon Whitney Financial Broker- Discloses Customer Suits and Termination- Melville, NY

June 2019 – Melville, NY

According to publicly available records, Ahmad Wares,  a financial advisor previously with Laidlaw & Company discloses 1 pending and 9 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  FINRA Case 13-00649, a customer of Wares’ prior employer EKN Financial Services, Inc.  was paid $46,984.84  to resolve allegations of unauthorized trading, unauthorized use of margin, excessive and improper trading and churning.

From April 2001 to November 2015, Wares had 7 customer complaints alleging unauthorized trading, failure to follow instructions, churning, unsuitability,  common law fraud, fraud in violation of federal securities laws, negligence, negligent supervision, liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

These cases were brought by customers of his previous employers – First Midwest Securities, Inc., GBI Capital Partners, Inc.,  EKN Financial Services and  Laidlaw & Company (UK). The monetary settlements were nearly $400,000 of which $155,350 was paid by Wares personally.

In currently pending FINRA case 18-01055 ,  a Salomon Whitney Financial customer alleges churning, negligence, unsuitability, unauthorized trading and breach of contract and is seeking damages of $195,132 .

In 2009, Wares was discharged from First Midwest Securities, Inc., after allegations that he failed to respond to client complaint and left the firm owing money due to a  negative balance of $112,415 in a client account.

Wares has been employed by Worden Capital Management since April of 2017,  He was employed with Salomon Whitney Financial  from December 2015 until March 2017. Prior to that he was with  Laidlaw & Company and  EKN Financial Services, Inc.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Ahmad Wares  contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal options for recovery of damages.

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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Thomas J. Tedeschi-Former Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension

October 2016-Farmingdale, NY

The FINRA records of  Thomas J. Tedeschi,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Salomon Whitney Financial  disclose 5 prior customer disputes that are final and one recently resolved regulatory matter.

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.

The prior customer disputes include a complaint filed in 2015 by a customer of Tedeschi’s prior employer Aegis Capital Corp. who alleged damages of $117,102 for unauthorized purchases between 10/2013-12/2013. That case was settled for $60,000.

In September 2016, FINRA suspended Tedeschi for six days to resolve allegations that Tedeschi failed to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance. FINRA Case# 15-0563. 

Tedeschi has been registered with Salomon Whitney Financial since 8/2016. Prior to that he was registered with Joseph Stone Capital from 8/2014-8/2016.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Thomas J. Tedeschi , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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

Douglas A. Leone-Former Newport Coast Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Investigation for Churning

July 2016-Farmingdale, NY

The FINRA records of Douglas A. Leone  , a stock broker currently employed by  Salomon Whitney Financial  disclose a pending regulatory event and 7 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.

Leone’s FINRA disclosure reports that he is named in a FINRA complaint alleging that he, with his then member firm Newport Coast Securities and other firm representatives excessively traded and churned customer accounts. FINRA alleges that Leone engaged in a deceptive and manipulative scheme by churning the accounts of customers and acted with the intent to defraud customer’s interests by seeking to maximize his own remuneration. FINRA Case# 2012030564701.

Five of the prior customer disputes were settled with payments of monetary compensation, including FINRA Case 12-0995 in which a Newport Coast Securities customer alleged damages of $145,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract. The case was settled for $70,000.

Leone has been employed by Salomon Whitney Financial since 3/2013. He was employed by Newport Coast Securities  from 10/2008-3/2013.

Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Douglas A. Leonemay be entitled 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jeffrey Offen-Salomon Whitney Broker-Discloses Outstanding Judgments on FINRA Records

See this for February 2019 update. Jeffrey Lance Offen left Salomon Whitney Financial in 5/2016 and worked for Craft Capital Management from 10/2016-9/2017. He is not currently registered as a broker.

April 2016- Farmingdale, New York

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.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Jeffrey L. Offen  disclose that he has 6 unsatisfied and outstanding judgments or liens against him, including 3 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Two setted customer disputes are reported.

Offen has been registered with Salomon Whitney Financial  since 12/2015.  He was previously registered with Network 1 Financial Securities from 5/2015-12/2015. Prior to that he was registered with Laidlaw & Company from 11/2012-5/2015 and before that he was registered with Obsidian Financial Group.

If you have losses in an account handled by Jeffrey L. Offen , and believe that your account was mishandled, 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

Wayne Ford-Former Salomon Whitney Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute & Liens

Farmingdale, New York

JANUARY 2017 UPDATE-In January 2017, Wayne F. Ford was suspended by FINRA for failing to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.

AUGUST 2016 UPDATE-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.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Wayne F. Ford  disclose a currently  pending customer dispute,  5 prior final customer disputes, and 13 currently outstanding judgment/liens.

In currently pending FINRA Case 16-0687-a customer of Salomon Whitney Financial  alleges unsuitability, breach of contract, negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Louisiana Securities Act.  Damages are alleged to be $50,000.

Ford’s prior customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case 14-02534- a customer of Salomon Whitney Financial  alleged unauthorized trading, churning, unsuitability and failure to supervise and damages of  $244,125. That case was settled for $125,000.

Ford’s disclosures regarding judgements and liens includes:

  • Internal Revenue Service tax lien in the amount of $68,010.
  • New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance tax lien in the amount of $15,945.

Ford was registered with Salomon Whitney Financial from  11/2011-11/2016.  He was previously registered with Rockwell Global Capital from 1/2011-12/2011. Prior to that he was registered with Brookstone Securities.

If you have losses in an account handled by Wayne F. Ford , and believe that your account was mishandled, 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