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Herbert “Elias” Hafen-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Pleads Guilty to Fraud- New York, NY

November  2019- New York, NY

The FINRA records of  Herbert “Elias” Hafen ,  a  financial advisor previously employed by  Morgan Stanley, disclose a prior regulatory event,  a pending criminal matter, a pending civil matter, a prior customer dispute 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 2/2019  Hafen failed to respond to FINRA request for information in connection with a FINRA investigation and was permanently barred from the securities industry.

In September 2019 Hafen pled guilty to investment adviser fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for January 2020.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Hafen in 9/2019 alleging that from July 2011-April 2018 Hafen defrauded clients of the financial institutions he worked for at that time. VIctims were promised 6% interest in an investment that had little risk. In reality there was no investment and Hafen used the money for personal expenses. Of the $1.6 million he raised from victims only about $650,000 was returned.

In 5/2019, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer was paid $430,000 to resolve allegations that Hafen  misappropriated funds.

In 8/2018 Hafen was discharged from Wells Fargo Clearing Services  after he admitted to entering into financial arrangements with clients that were not approved by the firm.

Hafen was registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services  from March to September of 2018.  Prior to that he was employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from 6/2009-4/2018.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Herbert “Elias” Hafen , 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

Yvonne L. Silguero-LPL Financial Broker-Subject of $500K Customer Suit-McAllen, TX

October 2019-McAllen & Brownsville,  TX 

According to publicly available records Yvonne L. Silguero (CRD#4895654) ,  a  stockbroker  who works for LPL FInancial discloses 2 pending 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 8/2019 a customer of LPL Financial filed FINRA case 19-2204 alleging negligence, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to supervise for the period of time 7/2014-10/2018. The customer is seeking damages of $500,000.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0904 a customer of LPL Financial alleges that Silguero and LPL sold him unsuitable products for which he was not eligible and is seeking unspecified damages.

Silguero has been employed by LPL FInancial since 3/2008.

If you had an account with Yvonne Silguero that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior 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

Erik Pica-Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & FINRA Investigation- New York, NY

October 2019 – New York, New York

The FINRA records of Erik Patrick Pica  , a  stockbroker who is employed by Joseph Stone Capital disclose 3 pending customer dispute, 4 prior customer disputes and a currently pending FINRA investigation.

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 May of 2018,  a customer Global Arena Capital Corp. was paid $30,000 to resolve allegations of negligent supervision, over-concentration and suitability in  FINRA Case 18-01555.

In December of 2011, a customer of First Midwest Securities, Inc.  was paid $4,999 to resolve allegations that Pica owned the ETF he was recommending the customer to purchase.

In pending FINRA case 18-01506 a customer of Joseph Stone Capital alleges that Pica made unauthorized trades in the account with alleged damages of $7,600.

In pending customer dispute filed by a Joseph Stone Capital customer, alleges unsuitable securities, highly speculative recommendations, churning and negligent supervision and seeks damages of $500,000.

Pending FINRA case 17-01681, filed by a Joseph Stone Capital customer, alleges failure to treat claimant in a a just and equitable manner; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of contract; negligence and negligent misrepresentation and seeks damages of $120,000.

In July 2019, FINRA initiated Investigation Matter #20190619475 alleging that Pica made various violations of FINRA rules, including wrongfully taking customer funds and providing false and misleading information to his firm as well as FINRA staff. The matter is currently pending.

Pica is currently employed with Joseph Stone Capital.   From January of 2012 until April of 2015, he was employed by Global Arena Capital Corp.,  before that he was employed with First Midwest Securities, Inc., Chicago Investment Group and Eastbrook Capital Group, all in New York City.

If you have problems in an account  handled by Erik Patrick Pica  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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Michael Patman Subject of TX Securities Regulators Investigation Over Woodland Resources-Fort Worth, TX

September 2019 -Fort Worth, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) announced that unregistered investment promoter Jeremy “JB” Yowell is cooperating with the Enforcement Division of the State Securities Board in its investigation of Woodland Resources LLC and its director Michael E. Patman.

According to the TSSB release, earlier this year Yowell promoted an investment offering by Woodland Resources, soliciting Texas residents to purchase working interests in oil wells in Seminole County, Oklahoma.

A TSSB emergency order alleges that Patman is violating the Texas Securities Act by failing to disclose that he previously headed two companies that went into bankruptcy and that he owed over $13 million to investors who successfully sued him for fraud.

Yowell was previously sanctioned by Michigan regulators for acting as an unregistered agent selling investments for a commission of up to 20% of the value of the securities sold.

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

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