Richard Harris Sall of Duluth, Minnesota, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 10, 2020, where the customer sought $22,792.85 in damages based upon allegations of the customer being misled in regard to a variable annuity purchase that subjected the customer…

Worden Capital Management LLC, a securities broker dealer headquartered in Garden City, New York, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement with failing to supervise private placement offerings, including its failure to conduct due diligence to ensure that investments were suitable for investors. Department of Enforcement v. Worden Capital Management…

Serge Parakhnevich (also known as Serge Parker) of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with PHX Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim which was settled for $14,999.00 in damages based upon accusations of breach of fiduciary duty by Parakhnevich concerning over-the-counter equities executed in the…

Joseph Kelly (also known as Joe Kelly) of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim in which the customer requested $844,107.44 in damages founded on allegations that Spartan Capital Management failed to supervise private placement and stock transactions…

Jason Andrew Wilk (also known as Jason A. Wilks) of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Wilk failed to testify in a FINRA investigation regarding allegations of his excessive…

Fusion Analytics Securities LLC, a securities broker dealer headquartered in Coral Springs, Florida, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement with defrauding investors in relation to the sale of bond offerings. Department of Enforcement v. Fusion Analytics Securities LLC, Disciplinary Proceeding No. 2018059545604 (March 7, 2022). According to the Complaint,…

Nicholas James Schiano of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $350,343.10 in damages founded on accusations that the customer’s account was churned and that unauthorized trades were made by Schiano during…

Paul Warren Vizanko of Duluth, Minnesota, 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 based upon allegations that Vizanko failed to respond to FINRA’s request for information regarding the borrowing and misappropriation of customer funds. Case No….

Lance Colby Walston of San Antonio, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Dominion Portfolio Management Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint that was resolved on June 8, 2021, for $150,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of Walston’s inappropriate options transactions causing losses in the customer’s Dominion Portfolio Management account between…

Marshall Owen Isaacson of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim where the customer sought $75,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of negligence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty by Isaacson in regard to alternative investment transactions,…

Michael Walter Mandel of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for seven months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he engaged in private securities transactions while he was associated with Royal…

Anthony Glenn Hall of Dayton, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 18, 2020, in which the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that funds were “improperly removed” from the customer’s account when Hall was registered with Edward Jones. The…

Mark William Pearcy of San Diego, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with MSI Financial Services Inc. (MetLife), is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of Pearcy’s misrepresentation of a variable universal life insurance policy during the time that Pearcy was employed by…

Steve Jeffrey Cummings of Fort Deposit, Alabama, a stockbroker formerly registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim where the customer sought $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of Cummings’ misrepresentations and unsuitable sales of a business development company and real estate security…

Jon Matthew Stankovich of Toms River, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA during the period that he was under investigation due to “[c]oncerns regarding [his] allocation…

Mark Alan Kemp of Corpus Christi, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with McNally Financial Services Corporation, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $370,006.75 in damages based upon accusations of fraud and the violation of federal and Texas securities laws concerning mutual fund and direct…

William Michael Robertson of Deer Park, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of negligence and breach of contract in regard to real estate security transactions executed by Robertson during…

Carl Wade Thomason, of Overland Park, Kansas, a stockbroker formerly registered with OFG Financial Services Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation concerning accusations of his outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver,…

Stephen Allen Sylvester (also known as Steve Sylvester), of Groton and Waterford, Connecticut, a stockbroker currently registered with CUNA Brokerage Services Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on November 2, 2021, to resolve allegations that Sylvestor made the unsuitable recommendation to purchase a fixed annuity transaction during…

Bradford Eric Bugher, of Wilmington, Delaware, a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations of Bugher’s failure to “follow instructions” relating to the customer’s common and stock transactions between November…

Michael G. Mancinelli (also known as Michael Mann), a stockbroker formerly registered with Dinosaur Financial Group LLC, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he engaged in unauthorized trading when he was registered with Dinosaur Financial Group. Letter of…

Sean P. McCabe, of Westbury, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $330,113.00 in damages supported by accusations of misrepresentation relating to stock trading during the time that McCabe was employed by Worden Capital Management….

Kirby Spencer McDonald, of Omaha, Nebraska, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,001.00 in damages founded on accusations of unsuitable recommendations by McDonald regarding real estate security transactions when McDonald was associated with Cetera Advisors. FINRA…

Michael Anthony Valdini, of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $1,277,631.00 in damages founded on allegations of breach of contract and violations of both FINRA and SEC rules concerning over-the-counter equities…

Gina Rea Kidd, of Bedford, Virginia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) with impeding a FINRA investigation by failing to testify regarding her alleged involvement with an unregistered person relating to securities business. Department of Enforcement v. Gina Kidd, Disciplinary Proceeding No. 2019064729705 (February…

James J. Mariani, of Mineola, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $291,100.00 in damages founded on accusations that Mariani provided unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer to purchase non traded real estate securites while…

William Nicholas Athas, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management and KC Ward Financial, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement issued by FINRA Office of Hearing Officers. Department of Enforcement v. William…

Ahmet Kildis (also known as Matt Kildis), of Bayonet Point, Florida, was named in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the FINRA Arbitration Panel ordered the modification of beneficiaries on a SunTrust investment account and ordered Kildis and SunTrust to pay $18,207.45 in costs based upon causes of action including breach…

Robert Hayes Hoffmann, of Greenwood, Indiana, a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon the alleged unsuitable recommendations to purchase variable annuities during the time that Hoffmann was registered with Woodbury Financial…

John Dennis Lowry, of New York, New York, a stockbroker and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Capital Securities, is referenced in another customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages supported by allegations including failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty, and churning concerning…

Jorge Luis Alfonso, of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Infinex Investments Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of breach of fiduciary duty as it pertained to Northstar Financial Services Bermuda products when Alfonso…

Joseph Morris Thurnherr, of Brandon, South Dakota, a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $75,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract during the time that Thurnherr…

Howell Gregory Ferguson (also known as Gregg Ferguson), of Bellville, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two years from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of forgery and false statements to the regulator by Ferguson during…

Vincent Leonard Petrangelo, of Springfield, Massachusetts, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought compensatory damages founded on allegations of failure to supervise stock and mutual fund trading in the customer’s account when Petrangelo was employed…

John Belk Daughtridge, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. and Morgan Stanley, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint that was resolved on June 1, 2021, for $15,000.00 in compensation to the customer founded on accusations of unauthorized trading by Daughtridge at Morgan Stanley…

Barry Lee Garapedian, of Westlake Village, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,414,268.49 in damages supported by accusations of unsuitable exchange-traded funds and variable annuity transactions in the customer’s account when Garapedian was registered with Morgan…

Christopher Edward Bond, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with National Securities Corporation, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he engaged in unauthorized trading in National Securities Corporation customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

William Danny Chancellor (also known as Danny Chancellor), of Ridgeland, Mississippi, a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $132,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that he made the unsuitable recommendation of alternative investments when he was associated…

David Joseph Campanella, of Cleveland, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with US Bancorp Investments Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Campanella falsified information in a FINRA investigation concerning accusations of his involvement in undisclosed financial accounts while registered with US…

Marlyn Leroy McClain (also known as Marylou Leroy McClain), of Elkhorn, Nebraska, a stockbroker currently registered with NYLife Securities, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested compensation founded on allegations of unsuitable investment recommendations by McClain regarding the purchase of variable universal life insurance policies…

William Charles Burks (also known as Bill Burks II), of Flower Mound, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $20,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of breach of fiduciary duty by Burks regarding a real estate…

Robert Jonathan Spencer, of Cheektowaga, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he failed to comply with a FINRA investigation regarding allegations of his private securities transactions when he was employed…

Marcious Dickerson (also known as Marty Dickerson), of Livonia, Michigan, a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was resolved for $39,500.00 in compensation to the customer founded on accusations that between March 23, 2020, and June 26, 2020, unauthorized trading of…

Shaun Evan Stein, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a stockbroker currently registered with National Securities Corp, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was resolved for $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable recommendations by Stein in regard to a private placement, real estate security, and over-the-counter equity…

Neil Stanley Kaplan, of Bethesda, Maryland, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $240,000.00 in compensation based upon accusations that trades were executed in the customer’s account on an excessive basis by Kaplan while at Morgan Stanley. Financial…

Tarek Mohsen Mohamed, of Clearwater, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Bankers Life Securities, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on FINRA Office of Hearing Officers’ Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Mohamed failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation relating to…

Darren Wayne Oglesby, of Monroe, Louisiana, a stockbroker currently registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp and Money Concepts Advisory Services, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim where the customer sought $191,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of Oglesby’s omissions of risks concerning alternative investments sold to the customer during the…

Gary Carl Mastrodonato, of Oriental, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital and Madison Avenue Securities LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations of unsuitable recommendations of variable annuities, real estate securities, private placements, and other…

Donald George Sperring, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker formerly registered with Equitable Advisors LLC (AXA Advisors LLC), is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $15,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of the potential misappropriation of the customer’s funds by Sperring when he was employed by Equitable Advisors….

Jimmy William Nunez, Jr. of Edgewater, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services LLC, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two years from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Nunez forged a customer’s signature and falsified responses to FINRA when under…

Cynthia Ann Giovacchino of Ansonia and Shelton, Connecticut, a stockbroker currently registered with LPL Financial LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 3, 2021, where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on allegations of unsuitable investment recommendations by Giovacchino while he was employed by LPL Financial. According to the…

Michael Murray Knittel (also known as Michael M. Lopez-Knittel), of El Dorado Hills, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Fortune Financial Services Inc., has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of Knittel’s selling away or engaing in…

Kurt Anthony Stein of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of unsuitable investment recommendations concerning non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs while Stein was employed by National…

Francis Cid (also known as Frank Cid), of Little Neck, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with CBC Securities Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of Cid’s private securities transactions when…

Willard Louis Pugh, of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corp, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim which was settled for $60,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of an unsuitable private placement transaction by Pugh while he was associated with National Securities Corp. Financial Industry Regulatory…

Pratul Victor Agnihotri (also known as Pratol Agnihotri), of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC and Spartan Capital Management LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $83,086.81 in damages based upon accusations that between 2013 and 2021, their…

Dennis Phillip Ayre, of Beverly Hills, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Hilltop Securities Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he refused to testify in FINRA’s investigation regarding accusations of Ayre’s unsuitable recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and…

Robert Joseph Binkele, of Indian Wells, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by accusations of negligence and fraudulent misrepresentations concerning a deferred sales trust (DST) when Binkele was employed by Centaurus Financial. Civil Action No….

Kelly Diane Thomason (also known as Kelly Diane Jones), of Overland Park, Kansas, a stockbroker formerly registered with OFG Financial Services Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that she refused to cooperate with FINRA while she was under investigation. Letter of…

Jonathan David Cummings, of Hurst, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Securities America Inc. and Investacorp Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $35,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of negligence as it pertained to alternative investments, including a real estate security transaction effected…

Raul Jorge Benitez of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $218,707.00 in damages supported by accusations of unsuitable transactions involving Northstar. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 21-01667 (July 6, 2021). The claim…

Alon Zak, of Sherman Oaks, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Pruco Securities LLC (Prudential), has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision containing findings of Zak’s forgery and falsification of insurance applications and Zak’s failure to testify in a FINRA investigation….

Matthew Gates, of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Gunnar Co. LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages supported by accusations of unsuitable purechases of real estate security products by Gates while he was employed by Joseph…

William Forrest Winchester (also known as Bill Woods), of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC and Raymond James Financial Services Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $3,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of misrepresentation and conversion during the time…

Steven Douglas Schisler, of Grass Valley, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with IFS Securities, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement. Disciplinary Proceeding No. 2018058718601 (January 31, 2022). FINRA found that Schisler engaged in nine separate sales practice…

Nicholas Richard Palumbo (also known as Nick Palumbo), of Armonk, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Park Avenue Securities LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $220,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of omissions and misrepresentations by Palumbo relating to a variable annuity that…

Arni Jay Diamond (also known as Arni Jat Diamond), of Charlotte, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $280,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that unsuitable real estate security transactions were effected in the…

Ronald Scott Bright, of Milwaukie, Oregon, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Bright effected unauthorized transactions in customer accounts during the time that he was employed by Edward Jones. Letter of…

Rebecca King Wah Ng-Tsang, of Bellevue, Washington, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 21, 2021, in which the customer requested compensatory damages founded on allegations that Ng-Tsang made misrepresentations to them regarding real estate security products while she was…

CIM Securities LLC, a securities broker dealer headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, has been censured and fined $35,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) founded on findings that CIM Securities failed to supervise suitability requirements for private placement transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2019060957101 (January 31, 2022). According to the AWC, from September…

Michael Carleton Boothe (also known as Carleton M. Boothe), a stockbroker formerly registered with International Assets Advisory LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of Boothe’s breach of contract and negligence relating to direct investments, including limited…

Gilberto Briseno (also known as Gilbert Briseno), of Boutte, Louisiana, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 4, 2021, in which the customer requested $13,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of losses caused by unsuitable trading of closed-end funds and real estate…

Lynn Cooper Faust (also known as Donna Lynn Cooper), of Greenville, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that she made unsuitable recommendations to Raymond James Associates…

Mark Katz, of San Diego, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Hilltop Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 18, 2020, where the customer sought $357,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation by Katz concerning the customer’s investments at Hilltop Securities….

Kirk Badii, of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $3,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of mismanagement and unsuitable recommendations concerning alternative investments while Badii was associated with UBS Financial Services. Financial…

Thomas Patrick Barton, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker formerly registered with Mutual of Omaha Investor Services Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of forgery and unauthorized transactions when Barton was registered with Mutual of Omaha Investor Services. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver,…

Sandra Benain McKoy, of Tamarac, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim where the customer requested compensatory damages resulting from the purchase of Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) while McKoy was associated with SunTrust Investment Services. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

Hayk Nmn Papoyan, of Van Nuys, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of Papoyan providing false testimony to the regulator regarding an outside investment account. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

Jonathan Michael Ebel, of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim in which the customer sought $30,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of excessive and unsuitable trading in the customer’s account by Ebel during the time that he…

Sean Joseph Kelly, of Marietta, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Center Street Securities Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim in which the customer sought $160,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of misrepresentations and unsuitable investments by Kelly regarding alternative investments sold to the customer while Kelly was…

Robert Emmett Pitiger, of Norwich, Vermont, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial 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 supported by findings of Pitiger altering documents and reusing customer signatures while Pitiger was employed by LPL Financial. Letter…

Barry David Abrams, of Marlton, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 10, 2020, where the customer requested compensatory damages founded on allegations of Abrams providing an unsuitable investment recommendation to the customer concerning FS Energy Power Fund…

Scott Anthony Lanza of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim where the customer requested compensatory damages founded on accusations of Lanza recommending unsuitable investments to the LPL Financial customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 20-03871. (November…

Daniel James Lauletta, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with MSI Financial Services Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related civil lawsuit which was resolved for $1,150,000.00 in damages on December 10, 2021, based upon accusations of Lauletta’s deceptive sales tactics and negligence as it pertained to insurance policies sold by…

Christopher T. Joseph, of Toledo, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc., has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he engaged in private securities transactions and outside business activities when he was employed…

Theodore Hendrickus Franse (also known as Ted Franse), of Fair Oaks, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group, is identified in a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim in which the customer sought $9,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that they were sold unsuitable REITs by Franse when he was registered…

Joel Paul Kichline, of Saint Louis, Missouri, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings of Kichline’s unauthorized trading in Raymond James customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2020067473501…

David Allan Cohen, of Rockville, Maryland, a stockbroker formerly registered with Equitable Advisors, is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 22, 2020, where the customer requested compensatory damages supported by accusations of unauthorized transactions, including loans against a customer’s insurance policy without their consent while Cohen was associated with Equitable…

Joseph Brian LaScala Jr. (also known as Joe LaScala Jr.), of Melville, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of LaScala’s unsuitable and unauthorized trading in Aegis…

Michael Scott Androulakis (also known as Mike Andrews), of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Alexander Capital LP, is identified in a customer initiated investment related, FINRA Securities Arbitration claim which was settled for $8,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of Androulakis’ breach of contract and negligence concerning a non-traded real estate…

Daniel George McPherson (also known as Dan McPherson), of Idaho Falls, Idaho, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA Securities Arbitration claim which was resolved for $57,500.00 in damages supported by accusations of McPherson making unsuitable recommendations to the customer regarding private placements, real…

Joshua David Nicholas, of Stuart, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Nicholas converted a customer’s funds when he was associated with Merrill Lynch. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent…

Shimshon Plotkin (also known as Shim Plotkin), of Chevy Chase, Maryland, a stockbroker currently registered with Independent Financial Group LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA Securities Arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages supported by allegations that they were sold unsuitable investments including real estate investment trusts (non-traded…

Travis Justin Lippmann, of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 30, 2021, where the customer sought $853,231.33 in damages founded on accusations of Lippmann’s unsuitable trading of over-the-counter equities during the time that he was associated…

William Nicholas Athas, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) with excessively trading and churning investor accounts when he was associated with Worden Capital Management. Department of Enforcement v. William Nicholas Athas, Disciplinary Action No. 2018057883102 (January 18, 2022). According…

Jonathan Ben Mirer, of Henderson, Nevada, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested more than $75,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of their account being overconcentrated by Mirer in unsuitable investments when Mirer was registered with Wells Fargo…

Robert James McNamara, of Albany, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cadaret Grant Co., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he made discretionary trades without written authorization at Cadaret Grant. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

Charles Lewis Bloom, of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Chelsea Financial Services and International Assets Advisory, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim which was settled for $40,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was defrauded by investing in direct investments including direct participation programs…

Andrew Montgomery Costa, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with GF Investment Services LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages founded on allegations of unsuitable recommendations by Costa concerning alternative investments, including direct participation programs (DPPs), limited partnerships (LPs), and real…

Mark Smith, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Smith failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation regarding allegations of his unauthorized transactions in customer accounts when he was…

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