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Texas Regulators Revoke Gus Marwieh’s Securities Registration-Austin, TX

October 2019 – Austin, Texas 

Texas Securities Commissioner, Travis Iles, revoked the registration of  Gus Marwieh  for fraud related to the sale of pension investments, according to a news release from the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB). 

According to the release Marwieh, who was president of Marwieh Advisory Services in Austin, fraudulently sold over $5 million in investments without disclosing excessive commissions, misuse of client funds and conflicts of interest.

The TSSB inspection of Marwieh’s books and records revealed that Marwieh primarily recommended investments in either Future Income Payments (FIP) supposedly based on payouts from pensions, and promissory notes from real estate developers which were supposed to pay 18% annually.

The TSSB found that Marwieh collected commissions on sales of these two products in excess $300,000 and violated his fiduciary duty by not disclosing conflicts of interest to his customers and by using escrowed funds to pay personal expenses.

Link to TSSB Disciplinary Order. 

About the TSSB, from their website:

The State Securities Board is responsible for administering and enforcing the Texas Securities Act. The agency is overseen by five Board members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for six-year overlapping terms. The Board adopts and periodically updates rules to ensure that investors are adequately protected and that unreasonable burdens on legitimate capital-raising activities are avoided. The Board appoints a Securities Commissioner who serves at its pleasure and serves as the agency’s chief administrative officer and supervises the day-to-day activities of the staff.

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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Trevor Carney-Ascendant Alternative Strategies Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event-Austin, TX

January 2019 – Austin, TX

According to publicly available records Trevor Martin Carney  (CRD#5657735) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Ascendant Alternative Strategies  disclose a Regulatory Event and two currently 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 June of 2017,  the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) assessed Carney with an administrative fine $7,500 for failure to disclose changes of information in item 14M of regulatory form U4. Item 14M asks whether a broker has any outstanding judgments or liens.

According to the public information on Carney’s FINRA records he has outstanding liens to the Internal Revenue Service of $128,733 and $101,675.

Carney has been employed with Ascendant Alternative Strategies since March 2017.   He was previously employed with Axiom Capital Management from May 2014 to March 2017.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Trevor Carney, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Cryptocurrency Promoters Shut Down by Texas Regulator-Austin, TX

May 2018-Austin, TX

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered emergency orders against the following unregistered promoters who are fraudulently offering high-return investments in cryptocurrencies:

  • Bitcoin Trading & Cloud Mining, Ltd. -also known as BRCRUSH-also named in the Cease and Desist Order are Jaylon Cross, Bruce Rodgerson, and Robin Lozinski, all of  London, UK, and Thomas A. Johnson of Panama City, Panama.
  • Forex EA & Bitcoin Investment LLC.-also named in the Cease and Desist Order are James Butcher and Richard Dunn of New York City.

According to the TSSB these companies are violating the Texas Securities Act by failing to disclose any material information about their principals, strategies, finances, and the extensive technical and regulatory risks of cryptocurrency-related offerings.

The TSSB issued an Investor Alert warning of the dangers of fraud found in cryptocurrency offerings. Link to the April 10, 2018 alert. 

Losses on cryptocurrency investments recommended by your registered stockbroker? 

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Cryptocurrency Offerings Targeted by Texas Securities Regulators

April 2018- Austin, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) found widespread fraud in cryptocurrency offerings that were tied to virtual currencies and has issued a 14 page report which can be found here: Enforcement Report:Widespread Fraud Found in Cryptocurrency Offerings. 

Since September 1, 2017, the TSSB Enforcement Division has opened over 60 investigations related to cryptocurrency investments.

If you are considering such an investment, you would be wise to read the TSSB report.

A few highlights from the report:

  • Investigators found that most promoters of cryptocurrencies were not providing investors with their physical address. If you invest in a mystery company, particularly one located overseas, you’re at great risk of never recouping your money if the investment is a scam.
  • None of the 32 promoters being investigated by the TSSB were registered to sell securities in Texas.
  • Instead of relying on registered professionals to sell the investments, some promoters recruit investors to pitch the investment to friends and family by offering a finders fee. This is a multi-level marketing scheme exposing the recruits to civil and criminal enforcement actions.

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

Texas Securities Board Appoints New Commissioner-Austin, TX

August 2017-Austin, Texas

Travis J. Lies was appointed Securities Commissioner of the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) effective September 1, 2017. Lies has worked for the TSSB for 16 years and has been serving as Deputy Commissioner for the past year. He will succeed current Commissioner John Morgan who will retire August 31 after 33 years with TSSB.

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