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Dennis Van Patter-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Over REITs-Plano, Texas

March  2018-Plano, Texas

According to public records former VSR Financial Services broker Dennis Van Patter discloses a prior final regulatory event, 7 prior customer disputes that are final and 3 pending customer disputes.

Five of the prior customer disputes were brought by Van Patter’s customers while he was employed by VSR Financial Services and allege damages related to investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas, equipment leasing and promissory notes (alternative investments). Settlements paid by VSR Financial in those five  cases are $40,000, $215,000, $11,250, $50,000 and $15,000.

The three pending cases against Van Patter are by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the two of the pending cases are not stated. Damages sought in the third case are $1,074,858.

In November of 2015 FINRA suspended Van Patter for 45 days and fined him $10,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, Van Patter consented to the entry of findings that his recommendation that a retired customer invest in alternative investments was not suitable in light of the customer’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. The findings stated that Van Patter recommended that the customer invest $1.6 million in alternative investments such as REITs, note programs, oil and gas drilling partnerships and other private placements. As a result of Van Patter’s recommendations, the customer had approximately 52% of his liquid net worth concentrated in high risk alternative investments. FINRA Case 2013036647401. 

See this for prior posts on Dennis Van Patter. 

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers. During the summer of 2016, VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring accounts and brokers to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

Van Patter was employed by VSR FInancial  Services from 10/1997-7/2016. He is not currently registered with any broker dealer.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Dennis Van Patter or  another VSR Financial Services broker, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Jesse Griffin – Former VSR Financial Services Broker- Discloses Numerous Customer Disputes – Palm City, FL

February 2018 – Palm City, FL

The FINRA records of  Jesse Julian Griffin, Jr. ,  a  stockbroker who was formerly  employed by  VSR Financial Services  discloses settlement of 5 customer disputes involving alternative investments.

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 2015, a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged  that investments  in  direct investment programs,  limited partnership interests, oil and gas investments  , real estate securities and promissory notes were unsuitable. That case was settled for $52,000 .

In August of 2014, a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged investments that direct investments , limited partnership interests , investments in oil and gas programs and real estate securities were unsuitable given their age.  The case was settled for $7,000.

In April of 2014, another customer of VSR Financial Services alleged receiving poor advice  resulting in an unsuitable recommendation.   In FINRA Case #14-1322 they alleged fraud, break of fiduciary duty, and negligence  from May of 2007 to September 2008.  The investments at issue were direct investments, promissory note and limited partnership interests in oil and gas and real estate securities.  This case was settled for $92,500 .

In April of 2013, a VSR Financial Services customer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, negligence, violation of Arizona securities laws and breach of contract for account activities from November 2006 to May of 2009.   The investments at issue were direct investments and limited partnership interests in oil and gas and real estate securities.   This case settled for $77,500 with the broker responsible for $10,000 of the settlement.

In FINRA Case 11-00894, a VSR Financial Services customer alleged violation of Maine Uniform Securities Act, common law fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence and breach of industry rules.    The investments at issue were direct investments and limited partnership interests in oil and gas and real estate securities, promissory note and security futures.  The case was settled for $250,000.

Griffin was employed by VSR Financial Services from October 2006-July 2016. He is currently employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation in Palm City, FL.  

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Jesse Griffin or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

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

Jay A. Wallinger-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Suit Over Equipment Leasing Investment-Stuart, Nebraska

February 2018-Stuart, NE

The FINRA records of  Jay Alan Wallinger ,  a  stockbroker who was formerly  employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose the recent settlement of a customer dispute involving an alleged overconcentration of unsuitable investments.

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 FINRA Case 16-03696, a customer of VSR Financial Services brought a claim over equipment leasing investments. The amount of damages sought was not stated but the customer alleged that the concentration level of this type of investment was too high and unsuitable, given the customer’s investment objectives and risk tolerance.

FINRA records indicate that the customer was paid $330,000 to resolve the case in January 2018.

Wallinger was employed by VSR FInancial Services from 9/1993-9/2016. He is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services and discloses a business affiliation with Wallinger Financial Services LLC.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, equipment leasing investments, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, non-transparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

Non liquid investments are generally not suitable for retirees who are seeking steady and dependable income.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Jay A. Wallinger or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Parks Brown, Jr. Investigation-Update-Marietta, GA

OCTOBER 2017- Marietta, Georgia

We continue our investigation of former VSR Financial Services broker Parks H. Brown, Jr. who operated  IM Portfolios, Inc.  in Marietta, Georgia,.

Our investigation relates to the sale of various investments which our clients allege were unsuitable. The investments include the following securities:

  • Exco Resources
  • Linn Energy
  • Rock Creek Pharma Inc.
  • Star Scientific, Inc. 

According to FINRA records Brown was registered with VSR Financial Services from 10/2005 until 7/2016.  As of October 26, 2017, Parks Brown is not currently registered with any brokerage firm.

Parks Brown was named in a FINRA arbitration in 2014 (#14-1744) by a VSR Financial Services customer who alleged unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trades and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled in 9/2015 for $71,500.

In 2001, Parks Brown, who at the time was working for A.G. Edwards,  was named in another arbitration ( NASD 01-1817) by a customer alleging unauthorized transactions, churning excessive concentration and violations of securities laws. A FINRA arbitration panel awarded  $229,839 to the customer.

VSR Financial’s Recent Regulatory Woes

NOVEMBER 2016-FINRA Censured and fined VSR Financial $400,000, required VSR pay restitution of $4.5 million and required that the firm conduct undertakings for supervisory failures related to the sale of annuity products.

MAY 2013- VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have information you think may be helpful to our investigation, we would like to hear from you.

If you have losses in an account handled by Parks Brown or losses in a VSR Financial Services account handled by another VSR broker , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Timothy Hawkins- Former VSR Financial Services Broker – Discloses Customer Dispute-Ankeny, IA

April 2017- Ankeny, IA

The FINRA records  of  Timothy J. Hawkins,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Broker Dealer Financial Services, Inc.  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose 2 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 FINRA arbitration 13-01960 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $300,000 for breach of contract, unsuitable investments and negligence, from 2005 to 2008 in connection with Direct Investments and limited partnerships in  Oil and Gas and Real Estate Securities.     That case was settled for $55,000.

Hawkins has been employed by Broker Dealer Financial Services, Inc.  since 8/2016.   Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 1/2000 until 8/2016. Hawkins discloses  business affiliations with Lexaurum Advisors in Overland Park, KS, and The Masters Group located in Ankeny, IA.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticized VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Timothy J. Hawkins 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870