John Richard Boatright of Duluth, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Boatright failed to respond to FINRA’s request for information in connection with the investigation of Boatright’s sales practices.  FINRA Enforcement No. 2021071440501 (Jan. 18,…

Debra Collura Bourne (also known as Debra Anne Bourne) of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with National Securities Corp. was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $325,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Bourne engaged in unauthorized trading and…

Frank Briseno of Metairie, Louisiana, a stockbroker registered with FSC Securities Corporation, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled on July 21, 2020 for $3,500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Briseno made unsuitable recommendations concerning the sale of variable annuities and real estate securities during the course of…

Peter Charlton Budd (also known as Jay Budd) of Morristown, New Jersey, a stockbroker registered with Benjamin F. Edwards Company Inc., has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Budd failed to pay a $240,000 arbitration award obtained against him by his former…

Wynston Hill Capital LLC was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $476,676.85 in damages. The Statement of Claim alleges unsuitable recommendations, the overconcentration of the customer’s account, unauthorized trading, fraud, and failure to supervise in connection with the sale…

Wenjinn James Chang of Rockville, Maryland, a stockbroker registered with Independent Financial Group LLC was the subject of 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 Chang made unsuitable recommendations and overconcentrated the customer’s account in real estate securities…

Julie Lan Cohen of Camarillo, California, a stockbroker registered with Mutual Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Cohen breached her  fiduciary duties, was negligent, and made misrepresentation and omissions, in violation of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

Michael Joseph Distler (also known as Mike Distler), of Crystal City, Missouri, a stockbroker registered with National Planning Corp., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $7,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Distler made unsuitable recommendations, breached a fiduciary duty,…

Jonathan Eric Ellefson (also known as Jon Ellefson) of Harker Heights, Texas, 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 $373,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Ellefson breached his fiduciary duties, effected…

Tobin Carl Hoffmann of Lincoln, Nebraska, a stockbroker registered with Ameritas Investment Company 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 Hoffmann made misrepresentations with regard to the recommendation and sale of alternative…

Donnie Eugene Ingram of Winter Haven, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., and Centaurus Financial are the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement action in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Ingram based upon allegations that Ingram made unsuitable recommendations, and that Centaurus Financial failed to reasonably supervise…

Neil Kevin Klein of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. wasis 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 Klein made unsuitable recommendations regarding the sale of annuities during his…

Cynthia Komarek (also known as Cynthia Ann Brown), of Barrington, Illinois, a stockbroker registered with Sagepoint Financial Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Komarek failed to provide information and documents to FINRA when it investigated Komarek’s referral of customers to an unapproved investment…

Charles Frederik Lek of Weston, Connecticut, the owner of Lek Securities Corp., is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement action in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Lek based upon allegations that Lek failed to comply with an prior Order in connection with the sale of microcap securities.  FINRA Enforcement…

Anthony Baker Liddle (also known as Tony Liddle) of Wausau, Wisconsin, a stockbroker registered with Western International Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration filed on August 26, 2022 seeking  $1,755,189.31 in damages based upon allegations that Liddle stole or converted the customer’s funds during Liddle’s association with…

Peter David Maller of Hunt Valley, Maryland, a stockbroker registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors was is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that settled for $115,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Maller made the unsuitable recommendation and sale of variable annuities and real estate…

Dennis Masaaki Nakamura, of Moraga, California, a stockbroker registered with McNally Financial Services Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $165,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Nakamura made unsuitable investment recommendations to his customers during the period of his…

Tuan Anh Ngo (also known as Toon Ngo) of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker registered with VFG Securities 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 Ngo failed to supervise certain registered representatives in…

Dirk David Rabenold (also known as Dirk David Raenold), of Williamsville, New York, a stockbroker registered with Next Financial Group Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim seeking damages resulting from the fraudulent conversion of customer funds by a third party. FINRA Arbitration No….

Richard Alyn Rappaport (also known as Rick Rappaport) of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Westpark Capital Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim which was settled for $1,050,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rappaport failed to supervise the sale of…

Walter James Reyna of McAllen, Texas, a stockbroker registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Reyna made unsuitable recommendations relating to the sale of oil and gas…

Ross L. Anderson of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, a stockbroker registered with Sagepoint Financial Inc., was the subject of 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 Ross Anderson made unsuitable investment recommendations with regard to the sale of…

Praxedes Russi of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker registered with Worden Capital Management LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $15,974.00 in damages based upon allegations that Russi churned the customer’s account, charged the customer excessive commissions, made unauthorized…

John Joseph Santariello of Coram, New York, a stockbroker registered with Arive Capital Markets, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Santariello failed to pay a FINRA arbitration customer award against him for more than $420,000. FINRA Arbitration No. 19-02196 (Jan. 10,…

Nicholas James Schiano of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $350,343.10 in damages based upon allegations that Schiano churned the customer’s account, made unsuitable investment recommendations, breached…

William Charles Schumann of Rockville, Maryland, a stockbroker registered with H. Beck Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $87,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Schumann made unsuitable investment recommendations and failed to perform due diligence in connection with…

Daniel Jay Sherman, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $17,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Sherman made unsuitable recommendations of certain common stocks and preferred…

Yvonne Lara Silguero of McAllen, Texas, a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Silguero was negligent, made misrepresentations and omissions of material fact, breached her fiduciary duties, and was unsupervised, in…

Daniel M. Soliman, of New York, New York, a stockbroker registered with Traderfield Securities Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that settled for $24,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Soliman made misrepresentations relating to the recommendation and sale of equity-over-the-counter equities, common…

Joseph Paul Todaro, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker registered with SW Financial, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $194,599.73 in damages based upon allegations that Todaro engaged in excessive trading,  charged the customer excessive commissions, and engaged in…

Joseph John Weinrich, of Overland Park, Kansas, a stockbroker registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity for thirty days based upon allegations that Weinrich failed to make regulatory disclosures. Case No. 2018058611601 (Feb. 1, 2022). According to…

Robert Steven Weissbein (also known as Bob Weissbein), of Plantation, Florida, a stockbroker registered with First Allied Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $35,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Weissbein made unsuitable recommendations, breached his fiduciary duties,…

Corey Andrew White, of Pasadena, 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 that was settled for $2,760,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that White failed to supervise relating to the recommendation and sale of options when…

Miaojun Yuan, of City of Industry, California, a stockbroker registered with Questar Capital Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitration claim that was settled for $140,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Yuan made unsuitable recommendations and misrepresentations in connection with the recommendation and sale…

Donald Angelo Durando of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with PHX Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $230,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Durando made unsuitable transactions in connection with the recommendation and sale of options when Durando was…

Bernard Joseph Audet of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker currently registered with MML Investors Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $8,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Audet made misrepresentations and breached a fiduciary duty in connection with the recommendation and sale…

Charles Thomas Stevens of St. Augustine, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with D.H. Hill Securities LLLP, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $12,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Stevens breached a contract, breached a fiduciary duty, acted negligently, and defrauded the customer with…

Scott S. Niekamp of Chesterfield, Missouri, a stockbroker currently registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $5,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Niekamp misled the customer, made false representations, failed to disclose important information about investments,…

Adam Maggio of Mineola, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $2,087,663.24 in damages based upon allegations that Maggio made unauthorized and unsuitable transactions, churned the customer’s account, acted negligently, and breached a…

Larry Glenn Boggs of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $99,000.00 based upon allegations that Boggs made misrepresentations with regard to the recommendation and sale of variable annuities when Boggs was associated with…

Chad Ryan Barancyk of Chicago, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $260,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Barancyk breached a contract, breached a fiduciary duty, acted negligently, and effected unsuitable transactions in…

David Aubrey Dunfee of Bangor, Maine, a stockbroker currently registered with Key Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $210,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Dunfee financially exploited the customer with regard to the recommendation and sale of variable annuities when…

Edward Robert Taliaferro of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stockbroker formerly registered with J.J.B. Hillard W.L. Lyons LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $6,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Taliaferro made unsuitable recommendations with regard to the sale of equities when Taliaferro was associated…

Nico Joseph Rutella of Castle Rock, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corp, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which settled for $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rutella made omissions and misrepresentations, breached a fiduciary duty, acted negligently, and made unsuitable transactions with regard…

Michael Jeremiah Mooney of Mount Airy, North Carolina, a former investment adviser representative of Southport Capital and stockbroker of Oppenheimer Co. Inc., is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Mooney based upon allegations that Mooney violated federal securities laws by…

Edward Lawrence Turley (also known as Ed Turley) of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $55,615,696.00 in damages based upon allegations that Turley effected unauthorized and unsuitable transactions and made misrepresentations…

Thomas Caine Shultz of Scottsdale, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with Coastal Equities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Shultz failed to perform due diligence and made unsuitable recommendations with regard to the sale of direct…

Mark Alan Kemp of Corpus Christi, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with McNally Financial Services Corporation, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $157,600.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kemp made unsuitable recommendations in connection with the sale of reverse convertible securities when Kemp…

Yan Binder of Coral Springs, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for thirty days from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity based upon allegations that Binder used unauthorized devices to communicate with customers. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019064955001…

Ariel A. Rivero of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Jefferies LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $999,999.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rivero made unsuitable transactions, used the customer’s funds without authorization, failed to supervise, and breached a fiduciary…

Jason Nicholas Slezak of Antioch, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Landolt Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Slezak failed to disclose risks in connection with the recommendation and sale of GWG L Bonds when…

William Colie Johnson of Greenville, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $121,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that Johnson made unsuitable transactions with regard to the recommendation and sale of real estate…

John Anthony Orlando of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Westpark Capital Inc., has been fined $2,500.00 and suspended for ten days from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity based upon allegations that Orlando engaged in excessive trading. Order Accepting Offer of Settlement No. 2019063633301 (Aug. 5, 2022). According to the…

James Robert Pecoraro of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with SW Financial has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity based upon allegations that Pecoraro engaged in quantitatively unsuitable excesive trading in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017056820701 (Aug….

Francis Joseph Velten Jr. of New Port Richey, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation. Case No. 2020066032801 (July 19, 2022). According to the Default Decision, Velten…

Brian David Rockowitz of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim which settled for $19,353.87 in damages based upon allegations that Rockowitz breached a fiduciary duty, breached a contract, and made unsuitable transactions in connection with the recommendation and…

Robert Patrick Macnamee of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $18,840.85 in damages based upon allegations that Macnamee breached a contract, breached a fiduciary duty, and made unsuitable transactions with regard to…

Richard A. Rodriguez Jr. of Fruitland Park, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Rodriguez made misrepresentations, acted negligently, breached a fiduciary duty, breached a contract, and…

John Anthony Sommo of New Haven, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that he failed to respond to FINRA’s request for information. Case No. 2020067928601 (April 4, 2022). Public Disclosure shows that…

Darryl Matthew Cohen of Westlake Village, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he did not comply with an investigation into his use of customer funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2020066797301 (February 16, 2022)….

Russ Kory of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with David Lerner Associates 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 based upon accusations that Kory made unsuitable recommendations. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2019063686203 (September…

Antonio Almeida (also known as Tony Almeida) of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $106,882.07 in damages based upon accusations that Almeida made unsuitable recommendations in connection with the sale of investments during the…

John Anthony Busco of Toms River, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $10,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Busco made unsuitable transactions in connection with the recommendation and sale of direct investments…

Craig Eugene Friedrichsen of Topeka, Kansas, a stockbroker registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested more than $100,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Friedrichsen made misrepresentations in connection with the recommendation and sale of alternative investments including real…

Bryon Edwin Martinsen of Kings Park, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., has been fined $10,000 and suspended for 15 months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because of Martinsen’s private securities transactions during the time that he was associated with Centaurus Finacnial Inc….

Jeffrey Alan Kiesnoski of Jefferson, New York, a stockbroker registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $8,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Kiesnoski breached a contract and breached a fiduciary duty in connection with the recommendation and sale of…

Ryan Thomas Fleming of Bellevue, Washington, a stockbroker formerly registered with Hornor Townsend Kent LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Fleming made unsuitable recommendations, breached a fiduciary duty, and acted negligently with regard to the recommendation and…

Patrick James Dwyer of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $600,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Dwyer made unsuitable recommendations and misrepresentations in connection with the recommendation and sale of options during…

Amanda Yvonne Berry (also known as Amanda Yvonne Coleman and as Amanda Yvonne Oostrum) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on May 27, 2022, for $82,967.79 in damages based upon accusations that Berry made unsuitable…

Robert Leo Luley (also known as Rob Leo Luley Junior) of Clover, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Luley made unsuitable recommendations in connection with the sale…

William Montgomery Cerf (also known as Monty Cerf) of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer was awarded $1,109,484.73 in compensatory damages because UBS Financial Services Inc. was held liable on the customer’s…

Ahmad Mohamed Maklouf (also known as Ed Maklouf) of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Spartan Capital Management LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $350,343.10 in damages based upon allegations that Maklouf churned accounts, breached a fiduciary duty, made unsuitable and…

John Dennis Lowry of New York, New York, the owner of Spartan Capital Securities LLC, was identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $75,000.00 in damages because Lowry allegedly breached a fiduciary duty and had recommended unsuitable investments while he was registered with Spartan Capital Securities. Financial…

Roy Daniel Budd of Little Falls, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, was referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $53,000.00 in damages because Budd allegedly made unsuitable investment recommendations for the customer’s managed account at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in April of 2019….

Christopher William Porter of Yalesville, Connecticut, a stockbroker currently registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested approximately $100,000.00 in damages because Porter allegedly provided unsuitable recommendations to the customer concerning alternative investments including GPB Automotive when Porter was associated…

Michael Joseph Sievert (also known as Mike Sievert) of Jacksonville, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Triad Advisors LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Sievert made unsuitable recommendations in connection with real estate security transactions while he…

Juan Guillermo Herrans Barreras of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $70,000.00 in damages because Barreras allegedly made misrepresentations and unsuitable investment recommendations in connection with the sale of mutual funds during the period that…

Michael J. Haffling of Orland Park, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was resolved for $13,803.26 in damages because of the alleged recommendation and sale of illiquid, risky alternative investments for the customer’s individual retirement accounts at Kalos Capital….

Herbert Lee Weith IV of Naples, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity for failing to respond to a request for information. FINRA Case No. 2019064197601 (January 10, 2022). According to FINRA Public Disclosure, Weith…

William Sideny Friedman of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Pinnacle Investments, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Friedman breached a fiduciary duty and made unauthorized trades when he was registered with Pinnacle Investments, Woodstock…

Franz Helmut Lambert II of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he effected unsuitable and excessive trades in a customer’s Worden Capital Management account. Letter…

David Charles Turetzky of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, was identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $390,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Turetzky failed to supervise a stockbroker’s management of investment accounts at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Financial Industry…

Andrew Raymond Scheirer (also known as Andy Haas) of Lake Mary, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kovack Securities and Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, was referenced in a customer initiated FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $17,500.00 in damages based upon on the allegations that Kovack failed to supervise and that Scheirer made…

Xiangyu Yu Zhang (also known as Sean Zhang) of Arcadia, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Investment Services, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested up to $99,999.99 in damages founded on allegations that Zhang provided unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer concerning …

James Travis Flynn (also known as Jim Flynn) of Greenville, South Carolina is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customers seek $1,500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Flynn made misrepresentations ccncerning investments made in a business development company and real estate investment trust by Flynn while…

Daniel Todd Lerner of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with David Lerner Associates Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $250,000.00 in damages for  breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, and unsuitable trades when Lerner was associated with David Lerner Associates. Financial…

Michael Francis Shillin of Altoona, Wisconsin, a stockbroker formerly registered with AGP (Alliance Global Partners), has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or an investment advisor and barred from associating with those institutions, according to an SEC Order containing findings of Shillin misrepresenting information to investors and misleading them…

James A. Parrelly (also known as Jim Anthony Parrelly) of Dearborn, Michigan, a stockbroker formerly registered with Investment Planners Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of Parrelly’s refusal to comply with a FINRA investigation concerning his potential unauthorized communications relating to…

Mark Fallon Kregor of Louisville, Kentucky, a stockbroker formerly registered with Robert W. Baird Co. Incorporated, has been permitted to resign as a stockbroker on July 15, 2021, following a disciplinary action brought by Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Kregor was fined $32,000.00 and suspended by the Kentucky regulator from doing securities business in the…

Kevin Charles Fretz of South Windsor, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $55,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Fretz made the unsuitable recommendation of certain non-traded real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) while he was…

William Edward Torriente (also known as Ed Torriente and as Eddy Torriente) of Phoenix, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with Comerica Securities Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of Torriente failing to cooperate with FINRA investigators concerning allegations of Torriente’s unauthorized…

David Michael Karandos of Indianapolis, Indiana, a stockbroker formerly registered with Dinosaur Financial Group LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Karandos failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of Karandos’ unsuitable recommendations in the account of a Dinosaur…

Gary Begnaud of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith, is identified in a  FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer seeks unknown compensatory damages based upon the alleged unauthorized trading of mutual funds some two years earlier in 2020 while Begnaud was associated with Merrill Lynch….

Lawrence John Fawcett (also known as Larry Fawcett Jr.) of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Westpark Capital and Salomon Whitney Financial, has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member supported by allegations that Lawrence failed to pay an arbitration award to an investor. FINRA Public Disclosure  …

Christopher R. Bice (also known as Cubby Bice) of Greensboro, North Carolina, a stockbroker currently registered with Sagepoint Financial Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 9, 2022, where the customer sought $7,600.00 in damages based upon accusations of Bice’s unsuitable investment recommendations concerning structured notes while he was…

Heather Peterson Weber (also known as Heather Adrienne Weber) of Clearwater, Florida, a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $125,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Weber made misrepresentations and provided unsuitable investment recommendations during…

Michael Christopher Martino of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Four Points Capital Partners LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $75,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Martino provided unsuitable investment advice by Martino from 2014 to 2017 in connection…

Charles Ronald Baker (also known as Ron Baker) of Lubbock, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Richfield Orion International Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Baker did not cooperate with the regulator regarding its investigation into his possible unsuitable and…

Gary David Ginsberg of West Orange, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $65,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Ginsberg made  unsuitable alternative investment recommendations while associated with Royal Alliance. Financial Industry Regulatory…

Timothy Patrick Higgins of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities, has been charged in a Complaint in which Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement alleges that Higgins failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation on two separate occasions relating to Higgins’ potential excessive and unsuitable trading of…

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