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Scott D. Williams-Former LPL / Raymond James Broker- Discloses Termination For Discretionary Trading & Customer Suit for Churning- Franklin, TN

March 2019 – Franklin, TN

The FINRA records of Scott Douglas Williams, who is not currently registered as a broker,  disclose  a pending 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 a customer of LPL Financial filed FINRA case 19-0481 alleging that Williams churned their account and made unsuitable investment recommendations from March 2017-March 2018 , made for the purpose of generating excessive commissions.

Williams was employed by LPL Financial from 2/2017-8/2018. Prior to that Williams was employed by Raymond James from 1/2011-2/2017. In July 2018,  Williams  was discharged from LPL Financial.  In connection with the termination,LPL Financial alleged that Williams “violated the firm policy regarding discretion”.

Discretionary Trading is when a broker makes the trades in a customer’s account without first consulting with the customer. Generally a firm requires that a written agreement be in place in which the customer agrees to permit the broker to trade without consulting with the customer first.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Scott Douglas Williams , 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

 

Regan A. Rohl-Wells Fargo Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Over Oil & Gas Investments-Fargo, N. Dakota

January 2019- Fargo, N. Dakota

The FINRA records of Regan A. Rohl  , a stock broker who is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network , disclose  2 pending customer disputes and 13 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.

The  FINRA arbitrations that are currently pending include:

  • FINRA Case 19-9987 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleges that Rohl made unauthorized trades and that he over concentrated their accounts in oil and gas related investments. The customer is seeking damages of $1million.
  • FINRA Case 18-3050 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleges that Rohl engaged in authorized trading and made unsuitable investments to purchase master limited partnerships beginning in 2011 and is seeking damages of  $3 million.

Customer disputes that have been previously resolved include:

  • FINRA Case 18-562 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleged that Rohl made unsuitable investments in direct investments and limited partnerships. The customer was paid a settlement of $375,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1013 in which a customer of Wells Fargo and his former employer Morgan Stanley alleged that Rohl misrepresented the risks associated with concentrated investments in energy stocks. The was paid a settlement of $15,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1914 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleged that Rohl made unsuitable recommendations to invest in limited partnerships and direct investments. The customer received a settlement of $55,000
  • FINRA Case 17-1577-a Wells Fargo customer alleged that between 4/2011 and 12/2016 Rohl made unsuitable recommendations to buy and concentrate their portfolio of four accounts into oil and gas sector master limited partnerships and closed end funds. They also allege that Rohl recommended they utilize a line of credit secured by their Wells Fargo account to refinance existing loans and that they paid exorbitant interest as a result. A settlement of $475,000 was paid to the customer.
  • FINRA Case 17-782 in which a Wells Fargo client alleged that Rohl purchased unsuitable master limited partnership in their accounts between 2011-2015 and that they were moved into a discretionary trading account without authority. The case was settled for $68,500.

Regan Rohl   has been employed by Wells Fargo since 3/2011 and has a business affiliation with Rohl Arabians, a company that raises Arabian horses.

DUTY TO MAKE SUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS-Brokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable, taking into account the age, health, level of financial sophistication, risk tolerance and investment objectives of the customer.

DUTY TO OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION TO TRADE-Unless a customer has granted permission, in writing, to trade an account, the broker is required to obtain the customer’s permission prior to executing any purchases or sales in the account.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Regan Rohl, call 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

Charles Lawrence-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Subject of Regulatory Investigation- Palm Harbor, FL

May 2018-Palm Harbor, Florida

The FINRA records of  Charles J. Lawrence,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by  R. F. Lafferty & Co.  disclose a pending regulatory investigation and a recent employment separation after allegations.

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 March 2016, Lawrence was discharged from Morgan Stanley who made the following allegations on his FINRA record: “Allegations involving adherence to industry rules and/or firm policy regarding use of trading discretion.”

In January 2018 Lawrence was sent a Wells Notice indicating that FINRA has made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against him alleging potential violations of NASD Rules 2510 (Discretionary Accounts)  and 2310 (Recommendations to Customers) and FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles).

Lawrence  was registered with Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-4/2016. He has been registered with R.F. Lafferty since 4/2016.

What is Discretionary Authority ?

 In this context, it means that the broker makes trades in the customer’s account without first consulting the customer. It means that the broker can decide how much of a security to buy or sell, and at what price, without customer input. Generally discretionary trading in an investor account is only allowed if the investor has authorized the broker to do so in writing and the brokerage firm has approved the account for discretionary trading.

If a broker makes trades in an account without having discretionary authority and without first consulting with the customer, that is generally considered to be an unauthorized trade and the customer may be entitled to damages for any losses.

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

Dennis Hayes-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Suits-Charlotte, N. Carolina

March 2019- Charlotte, N. Carolina

According to FINRA records,  Dennis Allen Hayes  a stock broker who  is not currently registered and who formerly worked for Newbridge Securities Corp. , discloses a pending regulatory investigaton, 2 pending and 4 prior final 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 1/2019 FINRA initiated a regulatory investigation in which the regulator alleges that Hayes recommended that customers of Newbridge Securities purchase securities from privately held companies without notice to his firm. The complaint alleges that the principal of the companies was a friend of Hayes’ family and that Hayes received a payment of $130,000.

In recently resolved FINRA Case 17-3125, a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged that they were sold unsuitable securities. That case was settled in 10/2018 for $760,000.

In FINRA Case 16-02002, a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged that they were sold unregistered securities. That case was settled in 8/2017 for $120,000.

In FINRA Case 16-0899 a customer of Newbridge Securities alleged fraud, misrepresentation and violations of the N. Carolina Securities Act. The case was settled in 7/2016 for $12,500.

The pending cases include:

  • FINRA Case 17-2853. A Newbridge Securities customer seeks damages of $650,000 and alleges that Hayes recommended unsuitable investments in promissory notes and private placements. The customer also alleges that Hayes engaged in unauthorized transactions.
  • A pending customer complaint involving a promissory note which seeks damages of $66,246.

Hayes was employed by Newbridge Securities from 2/2010-9/2016. In 9/2016  he was “permitted to resign” from Newbridge who made the following allegation on Hayes’ FINRA record: “He was permitted to resign based on two issues, first the firm has an open internal review regarding a customer complaint that evolved into an arbitration for possible selling away and private securities transactions. Second, had little or no production in the last 12 months.”

Hayes discloses business affiliations with Dennis A Hayes, CPA, and Dennis A. Hayes Financial Services in Charlotte. He was employed briefly by Salomon Whitney Financial during 4/2017.

If you have questions about losses  an account handled  by Dennis A. Hayes , call 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

Stacy Cheney-Jamison-Former CUNA Brokerage Services Broker-Subject of $350K Unauthorized Trading Claim-Boca Raton, FL / Georgia

April 2018 -Boca Raton, FL-Atlanta, GA

According to FINRA records, Stacy Cheney-Jamison ,  a currently unregistered  stockbroker who formerly was employed by CUNA Brokerage Services, disclose  a pending customer dispute.

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 pending FINRA arbitration #18-0332, a former customer of CUNA Brokerage Services, residing in Georgia, alleges that Cheney-Jamison violated Georgia securities laws, made unauthorized trades in their brokerage account and breached her fiduciary duty. Damages of $350,000 are alleged.

Stacy Elizabeth Cheney-Jamison was employed by CUNA Brokerage Services from 9/2016-8/2017. Prior employments include IFS Securities and First American Securities.

Stacy Elizabeth Cheney-Jamison is also known as:

  • Stacy Elizabeth Cheney
  • Stacy Edwards
  • Stacy Kuczynski
  • Stacy Sang

If you have losses  in an account handled by Stacy Elizabeth Cheney-Jamison or believe that your account has been mishandled contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870