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Barry Kiront-Former Woodstock Financial Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits-Garden City, NY

APRIL 2018- Garden City, NY –The FINRA records of  Barry M. Kiront,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Craft Capital Management  disclose 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.

In March 2015, Kiront disclosed that a customer of his former employer Woodstock Financial Group brought a complaint alleging damages of $196,323 for churning , unsuitability and possibly fraud. That case was settled for $30,000.

In recently resolved FINRA Case 15-0458, a customer of Kiront while he was employed by Woodstock Financial Group alleges damages of $118,375 for churning, excessive commissions, unsuitable trading, violations of Mississippi securities laws and other claims. This case was resolved in July/2017 for $49,500.

Kiront has been registered with Craft Capital Management since 3/2015. He was registered with Woodstock Financial Group from 3/1998-3/2015.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Barry M. Kiront , contact us for a no charge consultation 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

William Bruckner-Former Woodstock Financial Broker-Has Regulatory Disclosures-West Palm Beach, FL

February 2018-West Palm Beach, FL

The FINRA records of  William Bruckner ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Woodstock Financial Group disclose a regulatory event 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 3/2017 Bruckner was fined $5,000 and suspended for 15 days by FINRA to resolve allegations that while employed by Merrill Lynch, he mismarked 20 order tickets as unsolicited when, in fact, he had solicited the underlying trades to his customers. FINRA Case 2016050195201

In 5/2016 Bruckner was discharged from Merrill Lynch who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Conduct including solicitation of no opinion securities, mismarking trades as unsolicited and failure to be forthcoming in discussions with the Firm”.

Bruckner was employed by Woodstock Financial Group from 5/2016-2/2018 and Merrill Lynch from 7/2012-6/2016. Prior to that he was employed by Sanford C. Bernstein 2/2010-7/2012. He discloses a business affiliation with Banyan Private Wealth in West Palm Beach, FL.

If you have questions about an account handled by William Bruckner , call to speak with an experienced securities attorney to discuss your options.

Solicited vs Unsolicited Trade

A solicited trade is a transaction where the broker contacts the customer to commence the transaction, generally meaning that it is the idea of the broker to buy or sell a particular investment. An unsolicited trade is one in which the customer initiates the trade; ie, the customer tells the broker he would like to buy or sell a particular investment.

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

Zachary Berkey-Former Four Points Capital Broker-Named in SEC Complaint-Melville, NY

January 2018-Melville, New York / Texas

Zachary S. Berkey , a currently unregistered stockbroker who last worked for Four Points Capital Partners, a Texas LLC, (Four Points) was named in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2017, which alleges that Berkey and another Four Points broker, Daniel T. Fischer, recommended a high cost, in and out trading strategy without reasonable basis to believe it was suitable for the customers.

The SEC alleges that Berkey and Fischer:

  •  were reckless in making such a recommendation which was not suitable given the customers’ financial needs, investment objectives and circumstances.
  • made material misrepresentations and omissions to customers

and that Fischer engaged in unauthorized trading.

Link to SEC complaint.

According to the SEC complaint, the ten customers accounts involved suffered losses of $573,867 while Berkey earned $106,000 and Fischer earned $175,000 in commissions.

According to FINRA records Berkey was employed by Four Points Capital Partners from 4/2013-1/2015. Prior to that he was employed by National Securities Corp. and before that Woodstock Financial Group.

Berkey discloses 4 prior customer disputes including a case settled in 2005 for $231,000 in which a customer alleged misrepresentation and churning.

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.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Zachary S. Berkey or if you have an account with Four Points Capital Partners that you think has been mishandled, contact us 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Blake Kiernan-Former Woodstock Financial Broker Discloses Customer Disputes-Chicago, IL

May 2017 – Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Blake H. Kiernan  (CRD#4477243) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but was previously registered with  Woodstock Financial Group, Inc.,  and Four Points Capital Partners,  discloses three 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 case #15-00736 a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleged churning, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of contract and misrepresentation  seeking damages $197,656.98.   The case was settled for $71,500 in 8/2016.

In pending FINRA case #17-00630  a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleges fraud, excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, Iowa consumer fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, breach of contract, and negligent unjust enrichment and seeks damages of $200,000.

FINRA case #15-03356, filed by a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, alleges unsuitability, failure to supervise, and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $108,825.   This case is pending.

Kiernan was employed  by Woodstock Financial Group from September /2008 to May /2013.  He was then employed with Four Points Capital Partners until June of 2014. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Blake H. Kiernan  contact us 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

Craig S. Forster-Former Oppenheimer Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Hawthorne, NY

May 2017-Hawthorne, NY

The FINRA records of  Craig S. Forster  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  registered with Woodstock Financial Group  disclose 9 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 prior customer disputes include:

  • In 11/2016 a customer of his prior employers Andrew Garrett and Oppenheimer was paid $165,000 to resolve allegations that Forster made unsuitable investments and breached his fiduciary duty.
  • In 11/2016 a customer of Oppenheimer was paid $250,000 to resolve allegations that Forster engaged in unsuitable and unauthorized transactions in order to generate commissions and that he was no licensed in the state where the customer resides. Subject investments include oil & gas, real estate securities, mutual funds and debt-municipal.
  • In 9/2015 a customer of Oppenheimer was paid $160,000 to resolve allegations that Forster made unsuitable recommendations and made excessive trades in her account from 11/2011-11/2014.

Craig S. Forster  has been employed by Woodstock Financial Group since 7/2016. He was employed by Andrew Garrett  from 4/2015-8/2016, Clark Dodge & Co. from 1/2015-4/2015 and Oppenheimer 10/2011-2/2015.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Craig S. Forster  , contact us 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