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James Booth-Former LPL Financial Broker-Barred from Industry-Subject of Multiple Theft Claims-Norwalk, CT

June 2020- Norwalk, CT

According to publicly available records, former LPL Financial financial advisor James T. Booth,  has been barred from the securities industry by FINRA. He  discloses 3 regulatory events, a pending criminal charge,  a pending civil event, 21 settled and 15 pending 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  2019 FINRA (FINRA case 2019062787101) and United States Securities and Exchange Commission (case #3-19596) permanently barred Booth from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he converted funds, totaling at least approximately $1,000,000 that multiple customers of his gave him to invest on their behalf, he however, deposited the funds into an account he controlled and used them for his own personal use.

In February 2020 the State of Connecticut filed case #CDFR-20-8535 alleging that Booth had violated the anti-fraud provisions of the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act and engaged in dishonest or unethical practices.    More specifically, Booth allegedly used investor funds for his personal expenses and that he fabricated client account statements to reflect investments that were, in fact, never made.   Booth allegedly misappropriated approximately $5 million in investor funds.

In September 2019 formal charges were brought against Booth in Federal Court in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York  of 1 felony count of securities fraud, one felony count of investment advisor fraud and one felony count of wire fraud.   Booth pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud.   The criminal case is still pending.

In September 2019 the United States Securities and Exchange commission filed civil charges in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Booth conducted a multi- year scheme that defrauded approximately 40 investors of nearly $4 million.   Many of Booth’s clients and customers were unsophisticated investors, including seniors who utilized Booth’s services for their retirement savings.   In furtherance of the scheme, Booth fabricated elaborate account statements, which were provided to the investors.   The fabricated account statements reflected various ownership positions, transactions and earnings, all to create the false appearance that the investors’ money had been invested as promised; some statements even included fictitious securities and values.   When investors requested withdrawals, Booth routinely used assets fraudulently acquired from other investors to cover those withdrawals.   Relief sought in this case are civil and administrative penalties and fines, disgorgement, injunction and monetary penalties and other fines.  This case is pending.

In 2019, 10 of Booth’s customers of LPL Financial and Invest Financial Corporation settled customer disputes in the collective amount of over $2,266,000.

From July 2019 until December 2019 there were 22 customer disputes filed alleging among other things that Booth misappropriated funds by depositing customers funds into an account for an entity which he controlled, that Booth converted their funds to support a Ponzi scheme using multiple shell companies and misconduct.    Many of these cases are all still pending.

Booth  was employed by LPL Financial  from February 2018  until June 2019  when he was discharged.   Before that Booth was employed with Invest Financial Corporation  and with Cadaret, Grant & Co..

If you have losses in an account handled by James Booth call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Ramon Arturo Herrera-Former Wells Fargo Broker-Discloses Customer DIsputes Alleging Theft-Jersey City, NJ

February 2020-Jersey City, NJ

According to publicly available records of Ramon Arturo Herrera (CRD#6021170) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Wells Fargo Clearing Services,  discloses 2 regulatory events and and 3 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.

In 10/2019 New Jersey securities regulators revoked Herrera’s registration  after FINRA  permanently barred him  from the securities industry in 7/2018 to resolve allegations that he failed to respond to FINRA request for information in connection with a regulatory investigation.

Herrera’s official FINRA record also discloses 3 prior customer disputes by Wells Fargo Advisors customers.      Allegations included unauthorized withdrawal from brokerage accounts and excessive trading.   The total settlements paid in these three cases was  over $215,000.

Herrera was employed by Wells Fargo  from 12/2009 until 1/2018.

If you had an account with Ramon Arturo Herrera 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

Bradley Mascho-Former Western International Securities Broker- Charged with Securities Fraud- Frederick, MD

November 2019 – Frederick, MD

The FINRA records of Bradley Mascho  , a currently unregistered stockbroker who was last employed by  Western International Securities, discloses 2 regulatory events , a criminal event, a civil event, 9 pending customer disputes, 5 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 1/2018, FINRA  permanently barred Mascho after he refused to appear for a FINRA-requested on- the -record testimony during an investigation into his potential serious violations, including fraud, undisclosed outside business activities, and private securities transactions.

In 12/2017, United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed case 8:17cv2453 alleging violations of Section 5(a) and (c), Section 17(a) of Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) and 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.   Sanctions sought are Civil and Administrative Penalties/Fines, Disgorgement, monetary penalty other than fines and injunction.   This case is pending.

In 11/2017 Mascho was charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, one felony count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of Securities Fraud; aiding and abetting,   Charges are currently pending in the US DIstrict Court of Maryland.

In 12/2017 the SEC charged Mascho and his company DJB Holdings with fraud in connection with raising over $20 million through the sale of convertible and promissory notes in the company.

From 3/2015 until  4/2019, 5 customer disputes were filed by customers of Western International Securities, Inc.,  alleging unsuitable recommendations, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.  These cases were settled in the cumulative amount of nearly $500,000

The following cases , filed by customers of Western International, are still pending.

  1. Case #19-00748 alleging damages of $427,538.
  2. Case #19-00977 alleging  damages of $100,000.
  3. Case #19-00517 alleging damages of $2,444,388.
  4. Case #18-03902 alleging damages of $500,000.
  5. Case #18-03888 alleging damages of $200,000.
  6. Case #18-03080 alleging damages of $353,000.
  7. Case #18-03958 alleging damages of $150,000.
  8. Case #18-03941 alleging damages of $250,000.
  9. Case #18-00968 alleging damages of $5,000.

Mascho worked for Western International Securities  from 10/2009-12/2017.

Prior to that Mascho was employed by Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., Legg Mason Wood Walker, and  American Express Financial Advisors.  

If you have questions about an account  handled by Bradley Mascho  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

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