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Richard Wesselt-Former O.N. Equity Sales/Sterne Agee Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Disputes-Collegeville, PA

April 2019 – Collegeville, PA

According to publicly available records  Richard Wesselt  (CRD# 2195569) ,  a   registered stockbroker currently employed by Fortune Financial Services, Inc. disclose 5 pending customer disputes , 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 3/2019 a customer of Sterne Agee Financial Services filed FINRA Case 19-0728 alleging that Wesselt made unsuitable investments causing damages of $350,000.

In 2/2019 a customer of Sterne Agee Financial Services filed FINRA Case 19-0475 alleging that Wesselt made unsuitable investment recommendations and implemented an usuitable strategy causing damages of $220,000.

In December 2018, a customer of  O.N. Equity Sales Company, where Wesselt was previously employed,  alleged Mr Wesselt engaged in unsuitable sales practices relating to sale of insurance and annuities.    The alleged damages are $750,000 and the case is still pending.

In September 2018,  a Sterne Agee Financial Services customer, where Wesselt was previously employed,  filed FINRA case #18-03363 alleging unsuitable investment recommendations, deceptive and unfair trade practices in annuity variable insurance products.    The alleged damages are $300,000.

In June 2018, another Sterne Agee Financial Services customer filed FINRA case #18-02233 alleging unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations and/or omissions of material information siting damages of $150,000.   This case is also pending.

Wesselt was employed by Sterne Agee Financial Services, Inc. from May 2002 until March 2014.   He was then employed with O.N. Equity Sales Company until September 2017.   He has been employed with Fortune Financial Services, Inc. since 9/2017.

Wesselt discloses a business affiliation with Wesselt Capital Group.

If you have losses in an account handled by Richard Wesselt, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may 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.

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Former NEXT Financial Broker in Virginia Charged with Defrauding Texas Citizens

March 2, 2015

A Criminal Information was filed by the United States of America vs. Joshua Ray  Abernathy, of Norfolk Virginia, charging him with mail fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and seeking criminal forfeiture. USA v. Abernathy, US District Court For the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, Criminal No. 2:15cr 21.

According to the complaint, Abernathy, a licensed securities broker and financial advisor operated his fraud through his company Omega Investment Group , from September 2008 through October 2014, he solicited funds from clients and investors for investment in stock options and unlawfully misappropriated those funds for personal use.

The victims, according to the Criminal Information, include:

  • A 75 year old widow from Texas who entrusted her retirement funds to Abernathy who concealed his fraud by providing fraudulent statements
  • A single mother from Texas who cashed in her retirement funds with the U.S. Postal Service and invested with Omega. Abernathy concealed his fraud by providing fraudulent statements
  • An individual from Texas who met Abernathy at church who transferred his retirement funds to Omega believing he was investing in a strategic investment fund. Abernathy concealed his fraud by providing fraudulent statements

The Criminal Information lists numerous other victims from Texas and Virginia with similar circumstances and in all cases the victims were provided with fraudulent statements. Losses are estimated to be about $1.3 million.

FINRA records indicate that Abernathy has been permanently barred from the industry. He was previously registered with the following broker-dealers:

  • The O.N. Equity Sales Company          2/2013-8/2014
  • NEXT Financial Group                               3/2007-8/2012
  • MML Investors Services                            2/2005-4/2007

If you had an account with Abernathy that suffered damages, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover all or a part of those losses from the broker-dealer Abernathy worked for at the time.

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