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Christopher Orlando- Worden Capital Management Broker- Discloses Pending Customer Dispute-New York, NY

July 2019- New York, NY

The FINRA records of  Christopher G. Orlando ,  a  financial advisor employed by  Worden Capital Management disclose a pending customer dispute and an outstanding tax lien.

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 February of 2019, FINRA case #19-00369 was filed by a customer of Worden Capital Management alleging excessive trading, churning and unsuitable transactions.    Alleged damages are $70,766 and the case is pending.

Orlando  discloses a New York State tax lien in the amount of $17,156, filed in Richmond, NY.

Christopher Orlando has been registered with Worden Capital Management since November of 2016 . His prior employment in the financial industry includes Legend Securities, Inc. , National Securities Corporation and Joseph Gunnar & Co. 

If you have losses in an account  handled by Christopher Orlando , contact us 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

Michael Stanton-Worden Capital Management Broker- Discloses $15M Pending Customer Dispute- NYC

July 2019-New York, NY

The FINRA records of  Michael Salvatore Stanton,  a  financial advisor employed by  Worden Capital Management disclose 2 regulatory events,  3 prior customer disputes, 1 pending customer dispute, a pending bankruptcy and  7 outstanding judgments.

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 # 2015048048801 filed in 11/2016 -FINRA alleged that Stanton and his firm < legend Securities, failed to establish, maintain and enforce a reasonable supervisory system, and failed to prevent a registered representative from churning and excessively trading a customer’s brokerage accounts.   The complaint alleges that Stanton and the firm failed to adequately investigate or simply ignored that the registered representative engaged in aggressive “in and out” trading, repeatedly purchasing securities and then selling them after relatively short holding periods to purchase other securities, for no apparent reason.   Such in and out trading is the hallmark of excessive trading and churning.  Stanton was suspended from FINRA for a period of seven months and was fined $5000.

In March 2017,   a Legend Securities,Inc. customer filed FINRA case #16-03695  alleging failure to supervise representative’s excessive trading and unsuitable recommendations.    The case was settled for $20,000.

In October 2005, a Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. customer alleged inappropriate conduct and coercion concerning payments for margin calls.    The case settled for $15,000.

Pending  FINRA case #18-04040 alleges that while Stanton was employed by Legend Securities he failed to supervise a broker and alleges common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract.    The damages  sought are $15,000,000 .

Stanton discloses the filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in June 2018, which is currently pending.

Stanton  discloses outstanding 7 currently outstanding lines/judgments, 5 of which are Federal & State Tax Liens.

Michael Stanton has been registered with Worden Capital Management  since December of 2016.  . His prior employment in the financial industry includes Legend Securities, Inc., Obsidian Financial Group and National Securities Corporation.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Michael Salvatore Stanton , contact us 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

Summit Brokerage Services Sanctioned for Churning Accounts-Boca Raton, FL

July 2019-Boca Raton, FL

Summit Brokerage Services, an independent broker dealer headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, announced that it will close it doors and roll its business up into an affiliated broker dealer, Cetera Advisor Network.

Summit Brokerage reports having 450 advisors and $17.5 billion in client assets.

According to FINRA records, Summit Brokerage discloses 15 prior regulatory matters. Most recently in July 2019, Summit Brokerage was censured by FINRA, fined $325,000 and ordered to pay restitution to customers of $558,296, plus interest, to resolve various allegations related to supervision of the firm’s brokers. The supervisory deficiencies include a broker who excessively traded customer accounts which generated over $650,000 in commissions.

If you have losses in an account at Summit Brokerage Services, 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

Texas Securities Regulators Require Metals.Com to Refund $10M

July 2019-Austin, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) issued a news release announcing that Metals.Com, has agreed to offer a full refund to some 84 Texas investors.

According to the release Metals.Com cold called Texas residents, mostly individuals age 65 to 90,  and told them that their money was not safe with conventional registered brokers in order to get them to move their funds into precious metals. The total amount to be refunded may exceed $10 million.

An 80 year old Dallas was convinced to move $850,000 of retirement assets from an IRA into precious metals sold by Metals.Com, according to the TSSB.

The order issued by TSSB requires Metals.Com to repay the full amount invested by the Texas victims.

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

William Neil “Doc” Gallagher Charged with Operating Ponzi Scheme-Dallas, TX

March 2019-Dallas, TX

Neil ‘Doc” Gallagher, who calls himself the “Money Doctor” on Dallas area radio stations was was charged with operating a Ponzi Scheme by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to the SEC Complaint Gallagher and his companies, Gallagher Financial Group and W. Neil Gallagher, raised nearly $20 million from mostly retired Christian investors by making frequent religious references on his radio shows.

The SEC alleges that Gallagher falsely claimed to be a licensed investment adviser who promised investors risk free returns of 5%-8% annually in phony investments he called a Diversified Growth and Income Strategy Account.

Very little of the investor’s money was actually invested but rather used to make payments to other investors to create the impression that he was operating a legitimate business and the rest was spent on his personal expenses.

Gallagher has also been indicted and arrested on criminal charges.

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