Shawn Edward Good of Wilmington, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with operating a Ponzi scheme causing $2,000,000.00 in losses to investors. SEC v. Shawn Good, Case No. 7:22-cv-00060 (April 18, 2022). According to the Complaint, between December 2012 and February of 2022,…

Philip Anthony Riposo of Cave Creek, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with United Planners’ Financial Services of America, 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 a FINRA investigation concerning allegations of his creation of fake account statements…

John Scott Winslow of Gig Harbor, Washington, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Winslow failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation concerning accusations of his failure to return funds provided to him from an…

Chad Mackland of Council Bluff, Iowa, a stockbroker formerly registered with Lion Street Financial and MML Investors Services, has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or an investment adviser representative supported by findings of Mackland pleading guilty to a charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct. Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings File…

Marianne Oshee Smith of Avon, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that she converted funds from elderly customers of Cetera Advisors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2021071670001 (April 5, 2022). According…

Dan Edward Droeg (also known as Dan Edwards Droeg) of Mesa, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with United Planners Financial Services of America, a Limited Partner, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of conversion (misuse of investor funds) when Droeg was registered…

Stephen Gregory Whitman (also known as Steve Whitman) of Chesterfield, Missouri, a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement with failing to provide information to FINRA when it investigated him for a customer complaint. Department of Enforcement v. Stephen G. Whitman, Disciplinary Proceeding…

Lester William Burroughs (also known as Chad Burroughs) of Torrington, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with Lincoln Investment Planning LLC (Lincoln Investment), is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by accusations of misrepresentations relating to fixed and variable annuities when Burroughs was employed…

Dan Edward Droeg (also known as Dan Edwards Droeg) of Mesa, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with United Planners Financial Services of America, a Limited Partner, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of conversion (misuse of investor funds) when Droeg was registered…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Christopher Thomas Hildebrandt, of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Principal Securities Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 5, 2021, where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on allegations of Hildebrandt’s unsuitable recommendations of real estate investment trusts during the time that he was…

Jesus Rodriguez, of El Paso, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he failed to comply with FINRA investigators regarding allegations of his misuse of a customer’s credit line. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and…

Keith Todd Ashley, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a stockbroker formerly registered with Parkland Securities LLC, has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement with failing to comply with FINRA’s investigation, which focused on accusations of Ashley’s private securities transactions, outside business activities, and misappropriation of Parkland Securities customer funds. Disciplinary Proceeding…

Kenneth Andrews Welsh, of Fairfield, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with fraudulently misappropriating funds while he was associated with Wells Fargo Clearing Services. Civil Action No. 2:21-cv-19387 (Oct. 28, 2021). According to the Complaint, more than $2,860,000.00 had been…

Roderick Len Whited, of Gainesville, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings of his misuse of funds while he was associated with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No….

Aaron L. Austin of Bel Air Maryland, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s request for information. Case No. 2018058669301 (January 29, 2019). According to FINRA Public Disclosure,…

James Earl Simpson, of Toledo, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Simpson failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation, which focused on allegations of him making unsuitable investment recommendations during the time that…

Herbert H. Hafen (also known as Elias Herbert Hafen, Elias Niggebrugge, and E. Herbert Niggebrugge), of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $20,000.00 in damages on October 13, 2020, based upon allegations of unsuitable…

Jaime Michael Westenbarger of Grand Rapids Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Securities America Inc. and First Allied Securities Inc. has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative supported by findings of Westenbarger misusing investor funds. In the Matter of Jaime M. Westenbarger Administrative Proceeding File…

Jeffrey Dampf of Totowa New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with PFS Investments Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he did not respond to FINRA’s instructions when he was investigated for possibly misappropriating customer funds while he was registered with…

Eric Shea Hollifield of Dacula Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he did not cooperate with FINRA investigators during an investigation into his possible conversion of an elderly customer’s funds during the…

Jorge A. Reyes (also known as Jorge Quiroz and as George Reyes) of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with CP Capital Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a FINRA National Adjudicatory Council Decision containing findings of Reyes converting funds, making fraudulent…

Ronald Scott Daley of West Chester Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with WS Brokerage Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he did not comply with the regulator’s investigation into allegations of his misuse of customer funds during the time…

David Sheldon Wells of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Fifth Third 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 provide documents to FINRA and failed to testify when he was investigated for misconduct while registered with…

Elizabeth Ann Sollars (also known as Elizabeth Ann Cole, Elizabeth Ann Gore, Elizabeth Ann Shaw, and as Beth Sollars) a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Default Decision containing findings…

Christopher Bryan Black (also known as Chris Bryan Black) of Statesboro Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 21, 2021, where the customer sought $84,166.22 in damages based upon accusations that Black provided unsuitable recommendations to them concerning municipal bonds…

William Jeffrey Michero (also known as Jeff Michero) of Fort Worth Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Cambridge Investment Research has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he converted funds as a trustee. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2021072162901 (Sept….

Mark Charles Cohen of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with BCG Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages based upon accusations of Cohen selling unsuitable direct participation program interests and limited partnership interests during the period that he…

James Thomas Booth of Norwalk Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is named in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit in which SEC obtained a judgment which restrains and enjoins Booth from further violating federal securities laws based upon findings of Booth defrauding investors. Case No. 3:19-cv-01535 (Feb. 19, 2021). SEC…

Leonard Voris Fox Jr. of Marlton New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with FSC Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $150,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that the customer’s funds had been misappropriated and that Fox misled them during the time that…

Jeffrey Scott Anderson of Bloomington Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Anderson converted a customer’s funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2020067888701 (Aug. 2, 2021). According to the AWC, Anderson’s…

John Joseph Cahill of Upper Saddle River New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is referenced in a New Jersey Bureau of Securities Summary Revocation Order in which his stockbroker and investment adviser representative registrations have been revoked based on him violating FINRA rules and the policies of Janney Montgomery Scott….

Christopher Lee Hibbard (also known as Chris Hibbard) of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred as stockbroker and as investment adviser representative according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order based on findings of Hibbard committing fraud. In the Matter of Christopher Lee Hibbard…

John Henry Swon IV of Bloomington Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he chose not to provide documents and information to FINRA when it investigated him for possibly misappropriating a customer’s…

Tyler Michael Rigsbee of Sacramento California 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 findings that Rigsbee refused to provide FINRA with documents and information in an investigation into his possible misuse of customer funds….

Ronald Joseph Giovino Jr. of Clearwater Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with GWN Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he failed to comply with FINRA’s request when he was investigated for conversion of customer funds at GWN Securities. Letter…

James Kenneth Couture of Worchester Massachusetts a former stockbroker of LPL Financial LLC and former investment adviser representative of Private Wealth Management Group has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with taking part in a scheme to misappropriate $2,900,000.00 from investors. Civil Action No. 1:21-CV-10908 (D. Mass June 1, 2021). According to the…

David Wayne Kraft of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $716,528.06 in damages founded on accusations that the customer’s funds had been “removed from their account without the customer’s authorization”  during the…

Kimberly Pine Kitts of Palmer Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which was resolved for $232,761.77 in damages on October 17, 2019 based upon accusations that the customer had been defrauded by the stockbroker during the time that she was associated…

Edward Earl Matthes of Milwaukee Wisconsin a stockbroker formerly registered with Mutual of Omaha Investor Services has received a 63-month jail sentence based on him pleading guilty to violating federal securities laws as 27 victims had been defrauded in his $2,600,000.00 investment scheme. United States v. Edward E. Matthes 20-cr-0220-bhl (E.D. Wis. May 20, 2021)….

Thomas John Marino of Lake Worth Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with RM Stark Co. Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that Marino did not comply with a FINRA Arbitration Award. Case No. 19-00968 (Oct. 27, 2020). This is not…

Rand Alan Heckler of Glen Cove New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Benjamin Jerold Brokerage I LLC has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with defrauding investors. SEC v. Rand Heckler and Rand Heckler Inc. Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-04654 (Sept. 30, 2020). According to the Complaint, in 2015, a senior investor’s securities…

Eric John Vici of Melbourne Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with PFS Investments Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Vici hindered FINRA’s investigation into accusations of his misuse of customer funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2021069176201 (May…

Gregory Jon Mancuso of El Segundo California a stockbroker formerly registered with BMA Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision containing findings that Mancuso lied to FINRA investigators while he testified about his involvement with two customers’ fund transfers….

Matthew O. Clason of Glastonbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which settled for $1,000,000.00 in damages on February 22, 2021 based upon accusations that the customer’s assets had been converted by Clason between 2015 and 2020 while Clason…

Erin Lynn Verespy of Trumbull Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with HD Vest Investment Services has been issued a Cease and Desist Order by the Banking Commissioner of the State of Connecticut founded on allegations of Verespy engaging in outside business activities, failing to disclose lawsuits, and borrowing funds from a customer of HD Vest…

Chad T. Mackland of Council Bluff Iowa a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Mackland neglected to provide information and documents to FINRA when it investigated him for accusations of fraud. Letter of Acceptance…

Mark Joseph Boucher of Carlsbad California a former stockbroker of Raymond James Financial Services and former investment adviser representative of SCF Investment Advisors Inc. has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with engaging in a fraudulent scheme during the period that he controlled Strategic Wealth Advisors Group (SWAG). Securities and Exchange Commission v….

Jaime Michael Westenbarger of Grand Rapids Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Securities America Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of the breach of both a contract and fiduciary duty by the stockbroker in reference to real…

Michael Barry Carter (also known as Mike Carter) of McClean Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley has been fined $220,000.00 and barred by the State of Maryland from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative supported by allegations that he defrauded investors. Case No. 2019-0176 (Dec. 15, 2020). According to the Consent Order,…

Mark Lewton Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with misappropriating $1,150,000.00 from customers who held accounts at American Portfolios Financial Services. SEC v. Mark L. Hopkins Case No. 20-cv-11980 (July 24, 2020). According to the Complaint, in 2017,…

Shlomo Strugano (also known as Shlomy Strugano and as Solomon Strugano) of Reseda California 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 $750,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of elder abuse and misappropriation. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)…

Michael Paul Francoeur of Somersworth New Hampshire a stockbroker formerly registered with Cambridge Investment Research has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he failed to comply with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of his misappropriation. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019064967501…

Sam Peter Paolini of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Hornor Townsend Kent Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 13, 2020 where the customer requested $141,222.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer had been told to buy a whole life insurance policy…

Jonathan H. Dudley of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Centaurus Financial has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Dudley failed to comply with FINRA while he was under investigation for potentially misusing a customer’s funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and…

James Vincent Marino of Pompano Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones has been barred as a stockbroker and investment adviser representative by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) according to an Order that is based on Marino’s conviction of theft. In the Matter of James Vincent Marino Administrative Proceeding File No. 3-20061 (Sept….

Eugene Arthur Riggio Jr. of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Score Priority Corp (formerly known as Whotrades Inc.) is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $10,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable recommendations being made by the stockbroker as it…

Gerald Allan Eaton of Acton Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Commonwealth Financial Network has been barred in various capacities including stockbroker and investment adviser representative according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order based on findings of Eaton defrauding investors and stealing $3,700,000.00 from them. In the Matter of Gerald Allan Eaton Administrative…

Gregory Antonius Lewis of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Stockkings Capital LLC is referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation regarding allegations of Lewis possibly misusing customer funds and effecting unsuitable transactions in customer accounts. Case No. 20190606487 (Dec. 16, 2019). FINRA Public Disclosure reveals that Department of Enforcement…

Najib Hossain Khan of Richmond Hill New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Khan neglected to cooperate with FINRA personnel during the period that he was investigated for theft of customer…

David Alan Stateman of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he did not comply with FINRA personnel while he was under investigation for taking funds from a customer and for…

Barry Franklin Connell of Ridgewood New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $1,350,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer’s funds had been misappropriated by the stockbroker’s actions at Morgan Stanley. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)…

Lynn Dale Cawthorne of Shreveport Louisiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Decision and Order of Offer of Settlement containing findings of Cawthorne failing to comply with FINRA during an investigation concerning Cawthorne’s…

Kathleen Marie Bott (also known as Kathy Bott) of Spokane Washington a stockbroker formerly employed by DA Davidson Co. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Bott neglected to comply with FINRA when she was under investigation for committing theft. Letter of…

David John Volpe of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker employed by First Financial Equity Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer’s funds had been converted by the stockbroker. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 20-02492…

Pratul Victor Agnihotri (also known as Pratol Victor Agnihotri) of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp. and Spartan Capital Securities LLC has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for twelve months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Agnihotri engaged in…

Steven Dale Rodemer of Pueblo Colorado a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Administrative Order in which he has been barred from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative and has been barred from being employed by any securities broker dealer or investment advisory…

Sean Michael Refsnider of Haddon Heights New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings of Refsnider failing to cooperate with a…

Michael Joseph Clarke of Jersey City New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with MARV Capital Inc. and Tradition Asiel Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a National Adjudicatory Council Decision containing findings of Clarke’s conversion of investor funds and of his…

Brian Keith Decker of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Legend Securities Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Decker failed to comply with a FINRA Arbitration Award in which he was ordered to compensate a customer who…

Sean Joseph Kelly of Marietta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Center Street Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $225,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of unsuitable alternative investments being sold to the customer during the period that Kelly was associated with Center Street…

Matthew O. Clason of Glastonbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded upon findings that he did not honor FINRA requests which had been made during the time that he was under investigation for violating FINRA…

Roger Allan Duval of Bellevue Washington 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 upon findings that he converted funds belonging to three customers of the securities broker dealer. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019062789901…

Andrew Markman Arthur (also known as Andy M. Arthur) of Summit New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Guggenheim Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he converted investor funds and had provided false statements to FINRA. Letter of Acceptance Waiver…

Ramon Arturo Herrera of Jersey City New Jersey a stockbroker and financial advisor formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a New Jersey Bureau of Securities Order dated October 18, 2019 in which Herrera’s stockbroker and investment adviser representative registrations in the State of New Jersey have been revoked based…

Jose Giraldo (also known as Tomas Giraldo) of Chula Vista California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Giraldo neglected to cooperate with FINRA’s request for his information following the point in…

Adam Michael Lopez of Springfield Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Country Capital Management Company is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 16, 2019 in which the customer requested $2,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s assets were converted and that the customer had been defrauded as…

Benjamin Frank Bourgeois Jr. of Metairie Louisiana a stockbroker formerly employed by Commonwealth Financial Network has been identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $15,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that the customer’s check had been misused by Bourgeois and that the customer received bad investment recommendations while Bourgeois…

Ronald James Knight (also known as Ramone Knight) of Timonium Maryland a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $128,351.26 on April 10, 2018 based upon allegations of the stockbroker having failed to repay a NYLife Securities LLC customer after borrowing funds…

Kevin Donald Wanner of Bismarck North Dakota a stockbroker formerly employed by Questar Capital Corporation has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment advisor representative or otherwise associating with a securities broker dealer or investment advisor representative according to an Order pertaining to findings of Wanner defrauding investors….

Erik Patrick Pica (also known as Eric Patrick Pica) of Joseph Stone Capital LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision concerning findings that (1) a customer’s funds were converted by Pica (2) the customer was provided with misleading and false…

E. Herbert H. Hafen (also known as Elias Herbert Hafen and as Elias Herbert Niggebrugge) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC has been barred from being a stockbroker or an investment adviser representative according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order based on findings of…

Mark L. Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan, a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolio Financial Services was charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission with the theft of $1.2 million from five of his customer accounts.  United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mark L. Hopkins (E.D. Michigan). According to the Complaint, bginning…

Mitchell Toby Yanow of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly associated with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated has been barred from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative or otherwise associating with any securities broker dealer or investment advisory according to an SEC Order based on Yanow pleading guilty to wire fraud. In the Matter of…

Jefferey William Dyra of Naperville Illinois a stockbroker formerly associated with Bankers Life Securities Inc. has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 21, 2019 in which the customer requested $47,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unauthorized transactions were facilitated in the customer’s account. The complaint alleges that the…

Wilfred Rodriguez Jr. of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly associated with Wells Fargo Advisors has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 14, 2019 in which the customer requested $3,600,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of misappropriation and unauthorized transactions during the period in which Rodriguez was employed by…

Robert Gerard Merlo (also known as Robert Gerald Merlo) of Midland Park New Jersey a stockbroker formerly associated with Allstate Financial Services has been barred as a stockbroker in the State of New Jersey according to an Order issued by New Jersey Bureau of Securities that was based on Merlo pleading guilty to fraudulent activities….

Cadaret Grant a securities broker dealer headquartered in Syracuse New York has been censured and fined $200,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based on findings that Cadaret Grant failed to supervise its stockbrokers who engaged in private securities transactions one or more of which was a Ponzi scheme. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent…

Wesley James Evans of Seattle Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he obstructed a FINRA investigation concerning allegations of his misappropriation of a customer’s funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver…

Dain F. Stokes of Bedford, New Hampshire was a registered representative of LPL Financial, LLC. Stokes is 60 years old and resides in Fremont, New Hampshire, where he also has his own LPL Financial independent office. According to FINRA Public Disclosure, In addition to being a registered representative, Stokes also spends time writing fictional novels….

Chris Kubiak of Brookfield Wisconsin a stockbroker formerly employed by Freedom Investors Corp and Calton Associates Inc. has been identified in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings in which he has been barred from being a stockbroker or investment advisor representative and barred from associating with any securities broker dealer or…

Lester William Burroughs (also known as Chad Burroughs) of Torrington Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Lincoln Investment and an investment advisor representative with Capital Analysts LLC is the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings in which Burroughs has been barred from being a stockbroker or investment advisor representative…

David Harry-Nelson Austin of Grand Rapids Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he converted funds belonging to three customers of JP Morgan. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2020066576401…

Gustavo Alberto Trujillo Franco of Old Bridge New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Global Strategic Investments LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision containing findings that Franco failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of a fraudulent transfer…

Mark Charles Cohen of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with BCG Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) due diligence was not properly performed prior to Cohen having recommended or sold direct investments to…

Karen Denise Clark-Kocinski of Bloomingdale Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with State Farm VP Management Corp. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that she failed to comply with FINRA personnel during the period that she was being investigated for misappropriating funds belonging…

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