Alan Mark Mason of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with WestPark Capital Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Mason made the unsuitable investment recommendations in GWG Class L Bonds during the time that he was…

Charles William Wodrich (also known as Chip Wodrich), of Goodyear, Arizona, a stockbroker registered with Hornor Townsend Kent LLC, is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Wodrich based upon allegations that Wodrich failed to provide documents and information and failed…

Ali Barry Mahlooji, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with National Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $280,765.51 in damages based upon allegations that Mahlooji was negligent and made unsuitable investment recommendations during the time…

Anthony Ghiglieri, of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 18, 2023, in which the customer requested $31,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Ghiglieri provided unsuitable investment advice to the customer when Ghiglieri was associated with Ameriprise…

Billy James Aycock of Nashville, Tennessee, a stockbroker formerly registered with Center Street Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Aycock breached a contract, failed to supervise certain representatives, was negligent,…

Bobby Ray Payne Jr. (also known as Bobby Payne), of Manassas, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on September 7, 2022, for $34,856.79 in damages based upon allegations that Payne made unsuitable recommendations in variable annuities when Payne was…

Brandon Jerome Larsen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Thrivent Investment Management Inc., has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on January 8, 2024, based upon allegations that Larsen violated firm policies regarding unauthorized trading, failure to disclose outside business activities, and conducting communications outside the firm’s auspices. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

Brian C. Pfeifler (also known as Bman Pfeifler), of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Pfeifler made unsuitable investment recommendations when Pfeifler was…

Christopher Michael Lazos of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Lazos helped an individual create a misleading valuation for a private placement that was held by the…

Clarence Ronald Patton Jr. (also known as Ron Patton), of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Alexander Capital L.P., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim which was settled for $225,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Patton violated Florida Securities and Investor…

Daniel Philip Raupp of Setauket, New York, a stockbroker registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 6, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Raupp made omissions of material fact in connection with the sale of direct investments…

David Jon Zupek of Racine, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $68,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Zupek violated FINRA rules, breached his fiduciary duties, committed fraud, breached a contract,…

Gary Alan Kieper of Antigo, Wisconsin, a stockbroker previously registered with Thrivent Investment Management Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Kieper failed to appear for testimony in an investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2024081689201 (May 21, 2024). FINRA’s action stems…

Jeffrey Stephen McHale (also known as Jeff McHale), of Hingham, Massachusetts, a stockbroker registered with Coburn Meredith Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $30,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that McHale engaged in unsuitable trading in over-the-counter equities when…

Joel Randy Freedman of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, has been permitted to resign on March 14, 2024, based upon allegations that Freedman engaged in discretionary trading in a customer account and failed to internally report a customer’s complaint. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals that on March…

Jonna Doris Keller (also known as Jonna Doris Edelmayer and Jonna Doris Hansen), of Sarasota, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Sigma Financial Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Keller was negligent…

Mark David Wolpert of Plymouth, Minnesota, a stockbroker registered with MSI Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Wolpert made unsuitable investment recommendations and made misrepresentations of material fact about…

Mary Joanne Petretto (also known as MJ Petretto), of Guilford, Connecticut, a stockbroker registered with Innovation Partners LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on April 17, 2024, for $22,799.78 in damages based upon allegations that Petretto made misrepresentations of material fact in connection with the sale of…

Michaela Rauscher (also known as Michaela Tarapenyans and Michaela Tarpenyans), of Westlake Village, California, a stockbroker registered with Western International Securities Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $11,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rauscher made misrepresentations of material…

Patrick Tantoco (also known as Hermogenes Gil Patrick Tantoco), of Honolulu, Hawaii, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Tantoco made the unsuitable investment recommendation…

Phillip Todd Cartwright of Appleton, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $15,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Cartwright overconcentrated the customer’s portfolio in direct investments, made unsuitable recommendations, and omitted…

Richard Whitfield Brown of Fort Myers, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Summit Brokerage Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $368,803.00 in damages based upon allegations that Brown made the unsuitable investment recommendation of in real estate securities…

Ronald Harland Berg, of Anaheim California, a stockbroker registered with Innovation Partners LLC, has been permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Berg failed to comply with FINRA’s requests during an investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023077022401 (May 31, 2024). According to the…

Shaun B. Floresca, of Chicago, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Floresca made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate securities when Floresca was associated…

Yong Soo Kim (also known as Yong Kim) of Los Angeles, California, a securities principal registered with Kayan Securities Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity because Kim failed to supervise certain representatives who engaged in excessive trading…

Arive Capital Markets, based in Staten Island, New York, has been censured and fined $300,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failure to supervise suitability and telemarketing. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2018056483905 (May 14, 2024). According to the AWC, from August 2016 to June 2020, Arive Capital Markets did not maintain…

Michael Harris Sears of Englewood, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Questar Capital Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 6, 2022, in which the customer requested $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Sears made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate securities when Sears was associated with…

Ariel A. Rivero of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Jefferies LLC, has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Rivero borrowed money from a customer without firm approval and attempted to settle a customer complaint without firm knowledge. Letter…

Christopher Nelson Kirkland of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Avantax Investment Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on January 17, 2024, for $284,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kirkland made the unsuitable investment recommendation of structured notes during the time that Kirkland was associated…

David Wei Wong of Los Angeles, California, the owner and CEO of Integrity Brokerage LLC, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a complaint alleging that Wong misused and converted customer funds. Department of Enforcement v. David Wong, Complaint No. 2021069373001 (May 7, 2024). FINRA Department of Enforcement alleged…

Donna Louise Klink Payne, of Summerland, California, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim. The customer requested damages based upon allegations that Payne made unsuitable recommendations in real estate securities when Payne was associated with Centaurus Financial Inc….

Gary Francis Harpe of Farmington Hills, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with PFS Investments Inc., is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Harpe based upon allegations that Harpe failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in an investigation. Department…

Herbert C. White of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that White made omissions of material fact and the unsuitable investment recommendation…

Hugh Daniel Dunn Jr. (also known as Danny Dunn), of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker registered with The Rockwell Financial Group Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $21,000.00 in compensatory damages because Dunn or The Rockwell Financial Group Inc. was…

James Harry MacKellar of Newbury Park, California, a stockbroker registered with SagePoint Financial Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because MacKellar refused to provide information or documents requested by FINRA. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078203401 (May 1, 2024). On June 7,…

Janet T. Doherty of Staten Island, New York, a stockbroker registered with Osaic Wealth Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on January 11, 2024, in which the customer compensatory damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that Doherty effected an unauthorized transfer of funds from fixed to variable…

Jonathan Micheal Gervaise of Radnor, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker associated with Lincoln Financial Distributors Inc., has been barred permanently from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Gervaise failed to respond to FINRA requests for information. FINRA Case No. 2023037892501 (May 2, 2024). FINRA initiated an investigation into Gervaise’s activities…

John Joseph Cahill of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, has been barred on March 1, 2021, by New Jersey Bureau of Securities. Cahill violated the procedures and policies of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC by failing to disclose a power-of-attorney (POA) relationship. The Bureau found that Cahill’s actions…

Joseph William Moyer of Columbus, Ohio, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on March 29, 2021, in which the customer requested $189,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Moyer made misrepresentations of material fact and made the unsuitable investment recommendation of variable life…

Joshua Leon Jenkins of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on March 7, 2024, in which the customer requested $30,153.00 in damages based upon allegations that Jenkins made the unsuitable recommendation of life insurance products when Jenkins was associated…

Karen Irene Schmidt (also known as Karen Irene Dry, Karen Irene Moore, and Karen Irene Scher), of Woodland Hills, California, a stockbroker registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $400,000.00 in damages based…

Leslie Ann Lauer of Columbus, Ohio, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on February 22, 2024, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Lauer did not act in the trustee’s best interest by making misleading or false statements…

Max Joseph Birkinbine of North Oaks, Minnesota, a stockbroker registered with Ausdal Financial Partners Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $120,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Birkinbine violated Minnesota Uniform Securities Act and breached his fiduciary duties…

Michael Gerard Gravelyn (also known as Mike Gravelyn), of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Gravelyn failed to provide information and documents requested by FINRA. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078749801…

Nicole Lynn Bolton (also known as Nicole Lynn Pageler), of Boise, Idaho, a stockbroker registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Bolton failed to comply with FINRA’s request during an investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

Peter Hargitt Foley Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 28, 2023, in which the customer requested damages estimated to be in excess of $5,000.00 based upon allegations that Foley engaged in excessive trading in…

Peter Scott Izzo of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on December 16, 2020, for $45,000.00 in damages based on allegations that Izzo made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer when Izzo was associated…

Richard Benn McFarland Jr. of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with NPB Financial Group LLC and Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,521,706.00 in damages based upon allegations that McFarland recommended illiquid and risky non-traded…

Ricki Jay Silverman of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on January 24, 2024, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Silverman made the unsuitable investment recommendation of in corporate bonds and variable annuities when Silverman was…

Shannon Marie Powers (also known as Shannon Catuogno and Shannon Solomon), of Ridgefield, Washington, a stockbroker registered with Western International Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Powers was negligent and…

Stacy Mari Goldsmith of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Herbert J. Sims Co Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Goldsmith made the unsuitable investment recommendation of private placements…

Stephen James Sullivan of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Sullivan based upon allegations that Sullivan failed to provide testimony requested by FINRA in connection with its…

Stephen Paul Haskell of Richmond, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with WealthForge Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $325,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Haskell was negligent, provided unsuitable investment advice, and breached his fiduciary duties in…

Stephen Russell Stanford (also known as Steve Stanford), of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker registered with Portsmouth Financial Services, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Stanford made unsuitable recommendations, misled the customer, and…

Thomas Brian Swan, of Westlake Village, California, a stockbroker registered with Western International Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Swan misrepresented material facts in connection with the sale of corporate…

Tyler Simpson Camp of Hoover, Alabama, a stockbroker registered with MML Investors Services LLC, has been permitted to resign on December 11, 2023, because of a customer complaint alleging that Camp engaged in sales practice violations. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally shows that on February 6, 2024, a customer initiated investment related…

William Dale Dobbs of Clinton, Tennessee, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $138,000.00 in damages. The customer alleged that Dobbs breached his fiduciary duties and made unsuitable recommendations in corporate bonds during…

Andrew M. Komarow, of West Hartford, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been barred by United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment advisor representative because Komarow engaged in a free-riding securities trading scheme. In the Matter of Andrew M. Komarow, Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings, File…

William Robert Mielke Jr., of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on March 21, 2022, for $18,144.00 in damages based upon allegations that Mielke engaged in unauthorized trading in stocks, options, and mutual funds when Mielke was…

Andrew Joseph Egber (also known as Andy Egber), of Rockville, Maryland, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Egber refused to cooperate with an investigation into whether he misappropriated or “stole money from a customer.” Letter…

Andrew William Miles of Winter Park, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Green Vista Capital LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Miles was negligent, made unsuitable recommendations, and breached his fiduciary duties…

Anthony George Makransky (also known as Tony Makransky), of League City, Texas, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Makransky made unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations…

Brian Lee Freeman of Newport Beach, California, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 8, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Freeman made unsuitable recommendations in life insurance products when Freeman was associated with Securian Financial…

Brian Troy Hinson of Huntsville, Alabama, a stockbroker previously registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Hinson made the unsuitable investment recommendation of oil and gas investments when…

Cedric Percell Powell, of Tampa, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on October 28, 2021, for $13,468.00 in damages based upon allegations that Powell misappropriated funds from their mutual fund accounts during the period that Powell was associated with…

Charles Lawrence Friedlander (also known as Chuck Friedlander), of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $495,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Friedlander made unsuitable investment recommendations…

Daniel Reid Horowitz of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested up to $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Horowitz made the unsuitable investment recommendation of…

Daniel Theodore Wilson of Auburndale, Massachusetts, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Wilson made misrepresentations of material fact and made the unsuitable investment recommendation…

David Gary Simon of Crystal Bay, Nevada, a stockbroker registered with Western International Securities Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $68,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Simon made misrepresentations of material fact in connection with the sale of…

David Scott Lex of Mequon, Wisconsin, a stockbroker formerly registered with BMO Harris Financial Advisors Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $85,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Lex failed to follow instructions, made unsuitable investment recommendations, and made misrepresentations…

Eric Adam Stiba of Waco, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Lion Street Financial, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon the alleged unsuitable investment recommendations of direct investments (direct participation program interests and limited partnership…

Ernest Alexander Harris of Tucson, Arizona, a stockbroker registered with Union Capital Company, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on August 18, 2023, for $15,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Harris made the unsuitable investment recommendation of certain stocks during the time that Harris was associated with…

Gary Leonard Ziegler of Madison, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Ziegler engaged in unsuitable trading when Ziegler was associated with Transamerica Financial Advisors…

Jason Andrew Shelby, of Memphis, Tennessee, a stockbroker formerly registered with FSC Securities Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $286,913.28 in damages based upon allegations that Shelby overconcentrated the customer’s accounts in real estate securities when Shelby was associated…

John Norman Doiron of Toano, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with Cabot Lodge Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $75,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Doiron breached his fiduciary duties, was negligent, and breached a contract in…

Justine Marie Cantafio (also known as Justine Marie Wachs), of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with NYLIFE Securities, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for twelve months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Cantafio submitted unauthorized life insurance applications. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022076531801…

Kathryn J. Hackney (also known as Kathryn Ohlin), of Orange, California, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Hackney made the unsuitable investment recommendations of real…

Kathy Ann Borkovec (also known as Kathy Ann Berry and Kathy Ann Wallenfang), of Northbrook, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Charles Schwab Co. Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 8, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon the alleged forgery of the customer’s signature…

Marc David Drew of Salt Lake City, Utah, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Drew made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate…

Michael Charles Grande of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that Grande failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into his mutual fund recommendations. Department of Enforcement v. Michael Charles Grande, Disciplinary Action No. 2018060128401 (April 24, 2024)….

Mark Allen Upchurch, of Houston, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Upchurch breached his fiduciary duties and made the unsuitable investment recommendation of illiquid…

Nicholas Robert Hasselkus (also known as Nick Hasselkus), of Scottsdale, Arizona, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on January 27, 2023, for $14,624.43 in damages based upon allegations that Hasselkus did not follow the customer’s instructions regarding the transfer of their investment…

Philip Andrew Gibson, of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $65,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Gibson defrauded the customer, violated securities laws, breached his fiduciary duties, was negligent,…

Randall Blake Barkhurst (also known as Randy Barkhurst), of Tualatin, Oregon, a stockbroker registered with Pruco Securities LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 26, 2023, in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Barkhurst made misrepresentations of material fact in connection with the…

Robert John Sawyer (also known as Bob Sawyer) of Gulfport, Mississippi, a stockbroker registered with Stifel Independent Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action filed in Mississippi State Court in Harrison County in which the customer requested over $5,000.00 in estimated damages based upon allegations that Sawyer breached a…

Rodney David Potratz of Laguna Beach, California, a stockbroker registered with Osaic Wealth Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 12, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Potratz made the unsuitable investment recommendation of closed-end interval funds and mutual funds during the…

Ronald Thomas Ochal Jr. (also known as Ron Ochal), of Tampa, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 10, 2023, in which the customer requested $20,188.65 in damages based upon allegations that Ochal engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in mutual…

Spencer Marc Miller, of Westlake Village, California, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 14, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Miller made recommendations that were not in the customer’s best interest in…

Sterling Carmen Hirsch, of Yucaipa, California, a stockbroker registered with Center Street Securities Inc., has been fined $20,000.00 by the California Department of Insurance because Hirsch ignored suitability requirements and entered into a customer loan. Case No. IE202000426 (May 24, 2023). Hirsch’s insurance license has been placed in a probationary state for five years. This…

Zachary Ellis Taylor (also known as Zach Taylor), of Newport Beach, California, a stockbroker registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $426,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Taylor breached his fiduciary duties, breached a…

Richard Chester Zientarski (also known as Rick Zientarski), of Punta Gorda, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Planmember Securities Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on March 6, 2024, for $15,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Zientarski misrepresented a variable annuity as a liquid savings investment during…

Neil Jeffrey Lerner, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 17, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Lerner made the unsuitable investment recommendation of in products that were not offered through Morgan…

Daniel B. Chancellor (also known as Dan Chancellor), of Evansville, Indiana, a stockbroker registered with Securities America Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled to resolve allegations that Chancellor breached his fiduciary duties, made unsuitable investment recommendations, was negligent, and violated…

Travis Lynn Riggs, of Bentonville, Arkansas, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on June 1, 2023, for $23,732.11 in damages based upon allegations that Riggs charged excessive fees in connection with their investment account when Riggs was associated with Equitable Advisors…

Carey Allen James, of Arroyo Grande, California, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages due to the unsuitable investment recommendation of illiquid real estate securities when James was associated with Centaurus Financial Inc. FINRA…

John Raymond Hebner (also known as Jack Raymond Hebner), of Hayden, Idaho, a stockbroker registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $30,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Hebner engaged in unsuitable trading and was negligent in connection…

Adam Jesse Gurien of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $120,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Gurien made misrepresentations and the unsuitable investment recommendation of…

August Anthony Ferretti of Parsippany, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Bankers Life Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer requested compensation based upon allegations that Ferretti misrepresented the terms of a fixed annuity and purchased insurance policies without the customer’s knowledge during the time…

Christopher Joseph McCoy of Tampa, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Calton Associates Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for one month from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because McCoy engaged in unauthorized discretionary trading. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2020067072101 (April 16, 2024). The regulatory…

Dale Erbin Timmermann of Vandalia, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $11,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Timmermann was negligent and made unsuitable recommendations in corporate bonds during the time…

Donald Norman Rich, of Stamford, Connecticut, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rich failed to follow the customer’s instructions when Rich was associated…

Gabriel Ruiz of Roseland, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with ADP Broker-Dealer Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Ruiz failed to comply with FINRA’s request for information and documents in an investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023077701101 (April 18, 2024)….

James D. Davis Jr. of Columbia, Tennessee, a stockbroker registered with IFP Securities LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $42,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Davis breached his fiduciary duties and violated securities laws in connection with the…

Jeffrey Wayne Kitchen, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Edward Jones, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $10,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kitchen engaged in “unsuitable trading,” given the customer’s risk tolerance during the time that…

Joseph Samuel Vanelli III, of Ambler, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Vanderbilt Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Vanelli failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into his potential outside business activities during the time that he was associated with Vanderbilt Securities….

Larry Joseph Michaels, of Orange, California, a stockbroker registered with Crown Capital Securities LP, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Michaels engaged in discretionary or unauthorized trading, which must be in writing and approved by the member, and…

Lawrence William Waller II, of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Stonex Securities Inc., formerly Stern Agee Financial Services, Inc. , is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $135,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Waller breached his fiduciary duties…

Margaret Ellen Suite-Arnold (also known as Midge Suite) of China Grove, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with FSC Securities Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $14,650.00 in damages based upon allegations that Suite-Arnold did not conduct adequate due diligence…

Mark William Just, of Indianapolis, Indiana, a stockbroker registered with Triad Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Just made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate investment trusts or REITs…

Michael John Mashak of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Mashak made the unsuitable investment recommendation of Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs…

Michael Joseph DiSilvio, of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action that was settled for $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that DiSilvio approved inappropriate withdrawals from the customer’s account when DiSilvio was associated with Wells Fargo Clearing…

Michael Young Hamilton of Fort Myers, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Hamilton based upon allegations that Hamilton recommended corporate bonds that were not in his customers’ best interest….

Randall Earl McGill, of Homer Glen, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Ausdal Financial Partners Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $65,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that McGill breached his fiduciary duties, made unsuitable recommendations, violated Securities Exchange…

Robert Leo Luley Jr. of New York, a stockbroker registered with Madison Avenue Securities, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Luley failed to respond to the regulator’s requests for information. FINRA Case No. 2018060896201 (October 24, 2023). According to FINRA Public Disclosure, Luley was…

Ronald Michael Reilly (also known as Ron Reilly), from Park City, Utah, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on March 17, 2022. According to the complaint, Reilly implemented an investment strategy that was inconsistent with the customer’s investment objectives during the period…

Stephen Thomas Kerutis (also known as Steve Kerutis), of Loudon, Tennessee, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Advisers LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 7, 2023, in which the customer requested $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kerutis made misrepresentations of material fact in connection with the…

William Edward Hutchingson, of Flushing, New York, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Hutchingson made the unsuitable investment recommendation of Real Estate Invesrment Trusts…

William Henry Weisbrod, of New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, Inc., following a bar by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (November 15, 2023) has had his securities registration revoked by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities because Weisbrod was barred by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (November 15, 2023).  Weisbrod has…

William Vito Romeo (also known as “Doughboy Romeo”) of East Meadow, New York, the President and Chief Executive Officer of RNR Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $115,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Romeo engaged in…

Leonard Neil Rich (also known as Lenny Rich), of New York, a stockbroker registered with Joseph Gunnar Co. LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on November 21, 2023, in which the customer requested $114,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rich engaged in excessive trading in the customer’s account…

Jack Edward Newhouse of Muskegon, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 27, 2022. The customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Newhouse made unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations in connection with the purchase of variable annuities during…

Randy Carter Cox of Hudson Oaks, Texas, a stockbroker registered with FSC Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Cox made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate securities or REITs…

Michael Maggiore, of Woodbridge, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Maggiore made the unsuitable investment recommendation of Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITS  during…

Richard Ray Miller (also known as Rick Miller), of Shelton, Connecticut, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on March 13, 2024, to resolve allegations that Miller sold direct investments, over-the-counter equities, and stocks from the customer’s Ameriprise One account without authorization…

Kevin L. Peters, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Peters made the unsuitable investment recommendations of real estate securities during the time…

James Cabourne Blaszyk, of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $400,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Blaszyk made unsuitable investment recommendations when Blaszyk was associated with…

Murray Securities Inc., a securities broker dealer headquartered in Tyler, Texas, has been censured and fined $35,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) because of non-compliance with regulations intended to protect investors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2021069350301 (April 8, 2024). The securities broker dealer was also ordered to undertake corrective measures by…

Andrea Ruth Klipfel (also known as Andrea Ruth Camirand), of Paso Robles, California, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $373,888.00 in damages based upon allegations that Klipfel engaged in “unsuitable trading”…

Charles Gyude Bryant III, of Sarasota, Florida, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on September 7, 2023, based upon allegations that Bryant exceeded his discretionary trading authority. This is not the first time that the registration of Bryant has been terminated by a securities broker dealer…

Cynthia S. Beyerlein of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, has been fined and suspended for eight months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Beyerlein, in 2021, while registered through an association with Ameriprise, Beyerlein borrowed approximately $190,000 from a firm customer without…

David Bruce McMillen of Boulder, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Crown Capital Securities LP, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $125,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that McMillen breached his fiduciary duties, made unsuitable investment recommendations, and was negligent…

Dean Steven Jaeger of Elmwood Park, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on May 20, 2022, in which the customer requested $19,874.00 in damages based upon allegations that Jaeger engaged in “unsuitable trading” in stocks during the time that Jaeger…

Dharmesh Virendra Vora an investment advisor representative of Vora Wealth Management PLLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on March 20, 2024, in which the customer requested $350,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Vora provided unsuitable recommendations in structured notes to the Vora Wealth Management PLLC customer. SEC Public…

Hagin Gifford Richeson of Clearwater, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Corinthian Partners LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $9,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Richeson failed to perform adequate due diligence in connection with the sale of preferred…

James Franklin Shenk of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Realta Equities Inc., formerly known as Coastal Equities, Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $215,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Shenk made the unsuitable investment recommendation of…

James Robert Reynolds  of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a stockbroker registered with Northland Securities Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $95,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Reynolds made the unsuitable investment recommendation of non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust (“REITs”) or…

John Douglas Engler Sr. of Martinez, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Engler failed to testify in a FINRA investigation into allegations of misappropriation during the time that he was associated with Ameriprise Financial Services…

Joshua R. Cook of Vernal, Utah, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Cook engaged in forgery and maintained inaccurate firm records at LPL Financial LLC. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent…

Juan Carlos Sosa of Studio City, California, a stockbroker registered with SagePoint Financial Inc. (now known as Osaic Services Inc.), has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Sosa engaged in the unauthorized transfer and use of customer funds during the time that he was associated with…

Juan Carlos Villalobos, of Marietta, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon alleged breach of contract, unsuitable investment advice, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the…

Kyle Benjamin Baker, of Wheaton, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with First Trust Portfolios LP, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Baker failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2020066123601 (April 8, 2024). According to the AWC, on…

Lamont Adrian Chandler, of Prairie Village, Kansas, a stockbroker registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $12,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Chandler made the unsuitable investment recommendations of direct investments when Chandler was…

Larry Christos Sfinas, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Securities America Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on July 22, 2022, to resolve allegations that Sfinas made unsuitable investment recommendations in stocks during the time that Sfinas was associated with Securities America Inc. This is not…

Lawrence Michael Margolin (also known as Lawrence Maroglin), of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $14,900.00 in damages based upon alleged gross negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitable…

Leslie Howard Kern (also known as Les Kern), of Wilmington, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with DH Hill Securities LLLP, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kern made unsuitable recommendations in asset-backed…

Matthew Kenneth Wilkes, of Chicago, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $4,171,885.12 in damages based upon allegations that Wilkes made unsuitable recommendations in a premium-financed life insurance policy, made…

Michael Scott Barrows, of Irvine, California, a stockbroker registered with Accelerated Capital Group, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $1,035,360.46 in compensatory damages because Barrows was held liable on the customer’s claims which included violation of federal securities…

Robert Frederick Blake, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a stockbroker previously registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages. The claim is based on allegations that Blake recommended an unsuitable real estate security…

Robert Spaulding Gleason Jr., of Boston, Massachusetts, a stockbroker registered with Cantella Co. Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Gleason engaged in excessive trading during the time that he was associated with Cantella Co. Inc. Letter of…

Robert Steven Meyer, of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Monmouth Capital Management LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Meyer refused to appear for testimony in a FINRA investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022076459306 (April 9, 2024)….

Toria Noelle Briggs (also known as Toria Scotto), of Washington, D.C., a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that settled for $160,000.00 in damages. The claim alleged that Briggs failed to disclose liquidity limitations and certain selling-related…

Valence Montgomery Williams, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with J.H. Darbie Co. Inc., has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Williams engaged in unauthorized trading and mismarking of trade records. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent…

John Luis Torres (also known as Juan Luis Torres), of Woodland Hills, California, a stockbroker registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action that was settled for $1,200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Torres aided and abetted a $1.85 million theft during the time that…

James Arthur Schwarz, of Short Hills, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 12, 2023. In this complaint, the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Schwarz made the unsuitable investment recommendations of over-the-counter equities and caused the…

Lina Maria Garcia, of Miami Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Insigneo Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Garcia overconcentrated the investor’s accounts in speculative securities and made unsuitable investment recommendations….

William Frederick Fox (also known as Bill Fox and Billy Fox), of Austin, Texas, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related “complaint” that was settled for $8,000.00 in damages on November 23, 2022, based upon alleged “poor performance in direct investments and real estate securities” recommended…

David Edward Spellman, of San Antonio, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related “complaint” filed on October 18, 2023, in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Spellman engaged in “deceptive trade practices” and violated Texas law in connection with…

Dawson James Securities Inc., a securities broker dealer headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, has been censured and fined $500,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) because the company and its CEO, Robert Dawson Keyser Jr., failed to preserve business-related text messages and failed to supervise certain representatives in connection with due diligence on private placements….

Fernando Corcuchia, of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker registered with NYLife Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Corcuchia failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078612801 (April 12, 2024). On May 12, 2023, NYLife filed…

Thomas James Baumann, of New York, New York, a stockbroker previously registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where the regulator is seeking sanctions against Baumann based upon allegations that Baumann failed to comply with an investigation into allegations of his…

Randall Alan Heller (also known as Randy Heller), of Oak Lawn, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Ausdal Financial Partners Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Heller refused to cooperate with a FINRA investigation about the reason his stockbroker registration was terminated by Ausdal…

Andre Krause of Woodbridge, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with The Investment Center Inc., has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Krause mismarked trades to falsely indicate they were unsolicited or placed by the customers on their own initative…

Brian Arthur Salerno of Lake Mary, Florida, a stockbroker registered with CNR Securities LLC and investment advisor representative of City National Rochdale LLC, has been ordered to pay a fine of $45,500.00 by Florida Office of Financial Regulation because Salerno gave investment advice in Florida without being registered by the regulator. Case No. 116642-SR (October…

Brian Keith Jones of Pilot Grove, Iowa, a stockbroker registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for 45 days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Jones was “selling away.”  Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2023078431201 (March 27, 2024). According to…

Christopher Mack Watkins of Farmington, Utah, the President of Watkins Financial Services Inc. (WFS), has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Watkins charged unfair commissions to customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2021069366201 (March 28, 2024). According…

Craig Lee Carson (also known as C. Chance Carson), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Intervest International Equities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $701,211.32 in damages based upon allegations that Carson breached his fiduciary duties,…

Daniel James Egbert (also known as Daniel James Egberg), of Raleigh, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $160,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Egbert failed to disclose selling restrictions…

Dax Aaron Seale (also known as Dax Seale), of Dallas, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action that was settled for $9,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Seale engaged in unsuitable trading and “reverse churning,” when Seale was associated with Raymond…

Donald Jeffrey Dever (also known as Jeff Dever), of West Palm Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on September 1, 2023, for $94,373.73 in damages based upon allegations that Dever failed to follow the customer’s instructions regarding the…

Edward Dale McCombs of Whitehall, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with PNC Investments, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 12, 2023, in which the customer requested $26,120.95 in damages based upon allegations that McCombs did not correctly explain life insurance contract fees and features and had made the unsuitable…

Emily Jean Smith (also known as Emily Jean Hinton), of Vero Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Smith reused customer signatures and altered customer documents. Letter of…

Jack W. Yvars of Concord, New Hampshire, a stockbroker registered with Osaic Wealth Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $104,624.00 in damages based upon allegations that Yvars made the unsuitable investment recommendation of certain mutual funds when Yvars…

Jae Hun Kim (also known as J.H. Kim), of Cortlandt Manor, New York, a stockbroker registered with E1 Asset Management Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Kim failed to provide the regulator with requested information and documents during an investigation into a customer…

James Brett Stuart of Castle Rock, Colorado, a stockbroker previously registered with Richfield Orion International Inc., was barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to create and implement a supervisory system designed to comply with securities laws and FINRA rules; he failed to supervise stockbrokers’…

Jason W. Wolter (also known as J.W. Wolter), of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Wolter exercised discretion without written authorization in the accounts of J.P. Morgan Securities customers….

John Jude Butler of Ocala, Florida, a stockbroker previously registered with Pruco Securities LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Butler engaged in outside business activities and failed to report related compensation from a Prudential customer. Letter of…

Michael Stephen Myers of Portland, Oregon, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on August 9, 2022, for $15,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Myers made unsuitable investment recommendations resulting in adverse tax consequences to the customer when Myers was associated…

Johnathan Paul Hagood, of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Hagood failed to respond to FINRA requests for information. FINRA Case No. 2023077635001 (January 8, 2024). On October 3, 2023, FINRA initiated…

Louis Joseph Pellegriti, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Pellegriti breached his fiduciary duties, engaged in churning, made misrepresentations of…

Juan Manuel Ramos of Downey, California, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Ramos recommended illiquid real estate securities with declining values and high fees when…

Mark W. Manning, of Fishkill, New York, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Manning failed to comply with FINRA requests for documents and information in an investigation into a complaint. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No….

Matthew James Chimento, of Alpharetta, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Chimento failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into allegations that he transferred funds out of a customer’s account into an account for his benefit without customer…

Richard Glenn Shaw (also known as Rick Shaw), of Scottsdale, Arizona, a stockbroker registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Shaw made the unsuitable investment recommendation of certain…

Richard Lance Belline, of Rogers, Arkansas, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 18, 2023, in which the customer requested $64,781.68 in damages based upon allegations that Belline overcharged advisory fees when Belline was associated with Equitable Advisors LLC.  It is uncertain…

Robert Carl Ruff (also known as Bob Ruff), of Toledo, Ohio, a stockbroker registered with MML Investors Services LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 20, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Ruff made misrepresentations of material fact in connection with the…

Todd Arnold Havemeister, of Melbourne, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Great Point Capital LLC, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Havemeister made misleading communications to investors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2022074921901 (March 19, 2024)….

Sean Burr of West Hills, California, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $298,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Burr made unsuitable recommendations in speculative and illiquid real estate securities and corporate…

Robert Nelson Rasbach, of Westport, Connecticut, a stockbroker registered with David Lerner Associates Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rasbach made unsuitable investment recommendations and made misrepresentations and omissions of material…

Gary William Holland, of Leominster, Massachusetts, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 5, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Holland supposedly failed to follow instructions in connection with the sale of mutual funds when…

M1 Finance LLC, a securities broker dealer headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, has been censured and fined $850,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) because it engaged influencers to promote its trading services through social media in a manner that violated regulatory standards aimed at ensuring fair, balanced, and transparent communication with the public; and it…

Paul Francis Trimber, of Alexandria, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Trimber failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation into whether he potentially made “unauthorized transfers of customer funds” to recipients outside of the…

LOS ANGELES – The Guiliano Law Group, P.C. announced today it has filed an arbitration claim on behalf of certain investors before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA, against a national securities broker-dealer, and its purported Portfolio Managers, for the violation of the federal securities laws, the recommendation of unsuitable securities, negligence, common law…

Joey Dale Miller, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, a stockbroker registered with Arete Wealth Management LLC, has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on October 11, 2023, based upon allegations that Miller was not forthcoming during an internal investigation. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure shows that Miller was also referenced in a customer…

John H. Klaasen IV, of Hayden Lake, Idaho, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 29, 2023. The customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Klaasen supposedly failed to follow instructions regarding the purchase of certain securities from…

John Sebastion Cangialosi Jr., of New York, NY, a stockbroker registered with SW Financial, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Cangialosi failed to cooperate with an investigation into his potential outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022075928701 (March 6, 2024)….

Julie Anne Darrah (also known as Julie Banuelos), of Orcutt, California, a stockbroker registered with Mutual Securities Inc. and President of Vivid Financial Management Inc., is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Darrah based upon allegations that Darrah defrauded her…

Kyle Michael Wool, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Wool engaged in unauthorized trading in stocks during the time that Wool was…

Lacey Elizabeth Buteyn (also known as Lacey Elizabeth DePue), of Plano, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Level Four Financial LLC, was permitted to resign on November 3, 2023, based on allegations that Buteyn violated regulatory standards in connection with the sale of variable annuities. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally shows that on…

Lawrence Richard Brockman, of Poland, Ohio, a stockbroker registered with Moors Cabot Inc., has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended for 22 months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Brockman borrowed money from a customer against Moors Cabot Inc. policies. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022076528901…

Marion Strickler Adams III (also known as Ma’on Adams), of Mobile, Alabama, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations of his potential misappropriation of funds. Letter of Acceptance,…

Michael Joseph Valenta (also known as Mike Valenta), of Westminster, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Valenta recommended direct investments and oil and gas…

Rakesh Raj Bansal (also known as Rakesh Ransal), of Princeton, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with NYLIFE Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 20, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Bansal made the unsuitable investment recommendation of variable annuities when…

Reuben Lamont Brown, of Southlake, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Edward Jones, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Brown failed to testify in a FINRA investigation into allegations of his potential selling away or engaging in private securities transactions during the time that he…

Richard Alan Foss (also known as Dick Foss), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 4, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Foss supposedly engaged in theft when Foss was associated…

Rodney Otis Kumlien, of Verona, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 7, 2023. In this complaint, the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Kumlien made the unsuitable recommendation of variable annuities during the time that Kumlien was…

Sally Ann Weger (also known as Sarah Ann Weger), of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $350,000.00 in damages based upon alleged unauthorized withdrawals from an individual retirement account during…

Susan Regina Coriale (also known as Susan Coriale-Seweryn), of Princeville, Hawaii, a stockbroker registered with GWN Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 17, 2023, in which the customer requested $264,205.00 in damages based upon allegations that Coriale made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer. According to…

Thomas Bradley Kintz, of Boynton Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Benjamin F. Edwards Company Inc., has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Kintz engaged in unauthorized trading during the time that he was associated with Benjamin F. Edwards…

Trey Andrew Toifel, of Mobile, Alabama, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Toifel recommended overly concentrated investments in structured bank notes during the time that…

Yong Seok Chang, of Seattle, Washington, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $45,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Chang made unsuitable recommendations in non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) when…

Joshua Lofton Baker (also known as Joshua Baker Ford), of Hoover, Alabama, a stockbroker registered with MML Investors Services LLC, has been permitted to resign on November 7, 2023, based upon allegations that Baker was the subject of customer complaints alleging sales practice violations in connection with the sale of whole life insurance and variable…

Jason Lawrence Mieras, of Lake Como, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 21, 2023, in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Mieras made the unsuitable investment recommendation of certain “stocks” when Mieras…

Todd Mathew Bruns, of Folsom, California, a stockbroker registered with Edward Jones, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $54,403.62 in damages based upon allegations that Bruns failed to follow the customer’s directives of liquidating funds and placing them in…

Joseph C. DeSapio, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, has been suspended for 15 months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because DeSapio engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in customer accounts and borrowed money from a customer. Letter of Acceptance,…

Jack Robert Thacker Jr. (also known as J.R. Thacker) of Bristol, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with Center Street Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Thacker engaged in the unsuitable recommendation…

Howard Jeffrey Douglas, of Woodbury, New York, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 27, 2023, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Douglas made the unsuitable investment recommendation of in variable annuities when Douglas was associated with…

Harry John Buckman Jr. (also known as Chip Buckman), of Little Silver, New Jersey, the senior vice president at Buckman Buckman & Reid Inc. and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Buckman Advisory Group LLC, has been ordered by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to cease and desist from…

Glenn J. Romer, of Vero Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Center Street Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Romer made unsuitable recommendations in GWG Class L Bonds during the…

Eugene Cebron Thompson IV (also known as Bron Thompson), of Dunn, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with Capital Investment Group Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Thompson breached his fiduciary duties,…

Donna Maria Seymour (also known as Donna Maria Pastorik), of Winter Haven, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Seymour made unsuitable recommendations and breached…

Christina Marie Silvius (also known as Christina Marie Lomas), of Kansas City, Missouri, a stockbroker registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $320,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Silvius made unsuitable recommendations in…

Albert Anthony Bevilacqua III (also known as Tony Bevilacqua), of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Bevilacqua made unsuitable recommendations in…

Alexander Arango (also known as Alexander Arango Burkatkaya), of Dania, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 20, 2023. In this complaint, the customer requested damages based on allegations that Arango made misrepresentations of material fact and unsuitable recommendations in…

Armando G. Roman, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Roman made the unsuitable investment recommendation of real estate investment trusts (REITs)…

Arun Kumar Aggarwal, of Raleigh, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Aggarwal exercised discretion in a customer’s account and caused inaccurate recordkeeping at the securities broker dealer. Letter of Acceptance,…

Barbara Jean Borowsky, of Rome, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Dempsey Lord Smith LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim where the customer requested more than $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Borowsky failed to conduct reasonable due diligence on direct investments (DPPs…

Bryan Scott Foster, of Southfield, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $8,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Foster made the unsuitable investment recommendations of real estate related securities or Real Estate…

Cary Joel Cowan Sr., of Saint Augustine, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Next Financial Group Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 30, 2023. The customer requested compensatory damages based on allegations that Cowan did not identify excess annual withdrawals, leading to an unexpected reduction of guaranteed benefit…

Cheryl Diane Richardson (also known as Cheryl Diane Johnson), of Freeport, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with MML Investors Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 12, 2023. In this complaint, the customer requested $415,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Richardson misrepresented material facts in connection with…

Christopher Steven Coffey, of Johnson City, Tennessee, a stockbroker registered with Allstate Financial Services LLC, has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on December 15, 2023, based upon allegations that Coffey submitted variable annuity withdrawal forms containing non-genuine signatures. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure shows that Coffey is referenced in three customer…

Corey James Walker, of Manchester, New Hampshire, a stockbroker registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, has been suspended and fined $12,500.00 by New Hampshire Insurance Department because Walker engaged in unapproved solicitations. Case No. INV2022-0002 (September 18, 2023). Walker, while associated with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, was involved in sending mass solicitation emails…

Daniel Benjamin Kistler, of Rome, Georgia, a stockbroker registered with Dempsey Lord Smith LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,001.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kistler failed to conduct due diligence and made the unsuitable investment recommendation…

David Kenneth Thiele, of Bend, Oregon, a stockbroker formerly registered with FSC Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $325,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Thiele made the unsuitable investment recommendation of alternative investments when Thiele was…

Edward Terral Hill (also known as Ed Hill), of West End, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on October 2, 2023. In this complaint, the customer requested $20,805.24 in damages based upon allegations that Hill failed to follow instructions in connection…

Guy Anthony Harrigan, of Boulder, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Lion Street Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $325,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Harrigan made the unsuitable investment recommendation of direct investments when Harrigan was…

James Brett Stuart, of Castle Rock, Colorado, a stockbroker and securities principal registered with Richfield Orion International Inc., is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Stuart based upon allegations that Stuart failed to supervise certain representatives to ensure suitability…

Jeffry Neal Carel, of Edmond, Oklahoma, a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on February 7, 2024, in which the customer requested $40,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Carel made unsuitable investment recommendations when Carel was associated with J.P. Morgan Securities…

Jorge Hernandez, of Glendora, California, a stockbroker registered with Gradient Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into allegations referenced in a customer complaint. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078870201 (October 9, 2023)….

Karen Degro, of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., was ordered to cease and desist and pay a $5,000.00 fine by Florida Office of Financial Regulation because Degro gave investment advice without being registered by the regulator. Case No. 117539-SR (February 20, 2024). Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public…

Keith Harold Offel, a stockbroker registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc. in Placentia, California, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on September 7, 2023. The customer requested $70,224.00 in damages based upon allegations that Offel supposedly failed to follow the customer’s “conservative” investment objectives during the time that Offel was…

Keith Michael D’Agostino, of Woodbury, New York, a stockbroker registered with EF Hutton LLC, otherwise known as Benchmark Investments, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that D’Agostino breached his fiduciary duties, made unsuitable investment…

Kurt Charles Jackson, of San Luis Obispo, California, a stockbroker formerly associated NFP Advisor Services LLC (also known as Kestra Investment Services LLC), was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)  securities arbitration claim that was settled for $375,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Jackson made unsuitable recommendations…

Kyung H. Song, of East Hills, New York, a stockbroker registered with MML Investors Services LLC, has been permitted to resign on November 8, 2023, based upon allegations that Song engaged in securities-related activity with a perspective customer in violation of firm policy. The securities broker dealer also reported allegations of Song defrauding the customer…

Lori Fleischhacker Copeland, of Charlotte, North Carolina, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Copeland did not cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of her alleged outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. No….

Lucas R. Mroz (also known as Luke Mroz), of Chicago, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for 45 days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Mroz made unauthorized transactions during the time that he was associated with Morgan Stanley. Letter…

Luke Foster Lannister (also known as Lucas Foster Seward), of Rockville, Maryland, a stockbroker registered with Grove Point Investments LLC, has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on November 28, 2023, based upon allegations that Lannister charged excessive commissions and engaged in unauthorized trading in stocks. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure shows…

Mark Alan Lezanic, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on December 14, 2023. The customer requested $10,132.94 in damages based upon allegations that Lezanic was not acting in the customer’s best interest in 2023, given the commissions…

Mark Bedros Beloyan, of Davie, Florida, a stockbroker and securities principal formerly registered with Tradespot Markets Inc., has been fined $60,000.00, suspended for two years from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity, and ordered to pay disgorgement because he failed to supervise certain representatives and engaged in unauthorized transactions…

Michael Christopher McFeeley, of York, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $82,992.32 in damages based upon allegations that McFeeley made unsuitable investment recommendations in oil and gas investments during the time…

Michael Craig Brickman, of Paramus, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Pruco Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Brickman failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he accepted personal checks from a customer. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent…

Philip Michael Connors, of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Monmouth Capital Management LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to comply with the regulator during an investigation into his trading in customer accounts while he was registered with…

Robert Logan Jones (also known as Bob Jones), of Kissimmee, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Edward Jones, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he refused to comply with the regulator during its investigation into allegations his potential unauthorized trading and use of unauthorized communication…

Ronnie Lynn Cochran, of Blacksburg, Virginia, a stockbroker registered with NYLIFE Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 24, 2023. In this complaint, the customer alleged that Cochran made the unsuitable recommendation of variable annuities when Cochran was associated with NYLIFE Securities LLC. The complaint alleges that…

Stephen James Sperling, based in Palatine, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Wintrust Investments LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim. In this claim, the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages. The claim alleged that Sperling promised the customer a 6.5 percent return on investment and…

Tamara Ann Glenn (also known as Tamara Dawson, Tamara Gallegos, Tamara Haselby, and Tamara Langham), of East Lansing, Michigan, a stockbroker registered with Essex National Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $35,000.00 in damages based upon allegations…

LPL Financial LLC, a securities broker-dealer headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, has been censured and fined $5,500,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) because LPL Financial failed to supervise direct business transactions, provided false information to customers regarding mutual fund switch transactions, and failed to supervise Business Development Company (“BDC”) transactions. Letter of Acceptance,…

Brian C. Shevland of Wayne, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with MCG Securities LLC, or Merion Capital Group, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Shevland made misrepresentations of material fact to investors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

Brian Keith Shey (also known as Brian Keith Palinkas), of Winter Park, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Green Vista Capital LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Shey failed to publicly disclose that he was charged with fraud….

Chuck A. Roberts of New York, New York and Miami Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested more than $5,000,000.00 in damages based upon alleged negligence, breach of fiduciary duty,…

Brett Arthur Hartvigson, of San Diego, California, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Hartvigson failed to cooperate with an investigation into a customer complaint. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078455601 (February 5, 2024). According…

David Victor Tall (also known as Dave Tall), of Costa Mesa, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Osaic Wealth Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Tall failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations of his execution of promissory notes away from the…

Edward Steven Mercer (also known as Ed Mercer), of Coral Springs, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to cooperate with the regulator in connection with its investigation into a customer’s investment in a…

Eric Brian Kleiner of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint filed on July 13, 2023. The customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kleiner made unsuitable investment recommendations in exchange traded funds when Kleiner was associated with Morgan Stanley….

Eric Gustav Kuchherzki (also known as Eric Kuchherski), of Burlingame, California, a stockbroker registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $28,000.00 in damages on January 15, 2024. The claim alleges that Kuchherzki made unsuitable invstment recommendations…

Grant Douglas Johnson of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Noble Capital Markets Inc., has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Johnson participated in private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022076763001 (February 8, 2024)….

Hector Jesus Hernandez, of Shavano Park, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into his potential failure to disclose an “outside business activity” while associated with Money Concepts Capital…

James J. Mariani of Mineola, New York, a stockbroker registered with Aegis Capital Corp., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensation based upon allegations that Mariani breached a contract, engaged in unsuitable trading, breached his fiduciary duties, and was…

Jeffrey T. Kennedy of Quincy, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Center Street Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $99,999.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kennedy made the unsuitable investment recommendation of alternative investments when Kennedy was…

Jeffrey Wayne Davidson of Austin, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for 21 months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Davidson engaged in private securities transactions or selling away. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2022073948401 (February 16,…

Jilena Yuen-Han Mok (also known as Jilena Yuenhan Mok and Yuen Han Mok), of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker registered with Edward Jones., has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Mok engaged in unauthorized trading in customer accounts. Letter…

John Michael Fagan of St. Louis, Missouri, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Fagan failed to cooperate with an investigation into a customer complaint. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2023078766801 (November 6, 2023)….

Keith Michael Curtis, of Tampa, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Aegis Capital Corp., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Curtis failed to comply with the regulator’s requests during its investigation into allegations of Curtis’ possible conversion or misappropriation of funds. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver,…

Kirk James Crossen of Carmel, Indiana, a stockbroker registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on October 31, 2023, based upon allegations that Crossen was not forthcoming during the securities broker dealer’s inquiry into a loan from Crossen’s customer at a prior firm. Public Disclosure also shows that…

Kurt Douglas Cambier, of Littleton, Colorado, a stockbroker registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $67,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Cambier made unsuitable investment recommendations in real estate securities and direct investments (DPPs…

Lei Shen (also known as Peter Shen), of Orange, California, a stockbroker registered with NI Advisors, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in