Masood Husain Azad (also known as Mike Azad) of League City Texas 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 compensatory damages based upon allegations of negligence and breach of contract relating to investments in Direct…

Gary Wayne Hammond of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Hornor Townsend Kent Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he was selling away from MML Investors and that he referred customers to fraudulent investments. Letter of Acceptance Waiver…

Norman Stanley Batansky of Jupiter Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for one month from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Batansky engaged in private securities transactions and concealed his securities-related correspondence. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and…

Thomas Joseph Buck of Indianapolis Indiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations that investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable and that the customer had been charged excessive commissions relating…

Glenn Patrick Lattz of Lady Lake Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Gradient Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $65,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer’s annuity accounts had been liquidated which resulted in undue losses and penalties. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

Lewis Nelson Lester Senior (also known as Lew Lester) of Bridgewater New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Olden Lane Securities LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Lester had been selling away from Olden…

Joseph Michael Fedorko Junior of Greenwich Connecticut a stockbroker currently employed by Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $1,700,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unauthorized and unsuitable trading by Fedorko causing the customer to incur losses on equities and private…

David Michael Logsdon of Hailey Idaho a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Wells Fargo Clearing Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $20,000.00 on July 22, 2020 supported by allegations that investments selected for the customer’s Wells Fargo portfolio failed to be suitable and resulted in…

National Securities Corporation a securities broker dealer headquartered in Boca Raton Florida has been censured and fined $125,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that it did not timely report customer complaints and failed to supervise contingency offerings. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017053208002 (Oct. 27, 2020). According to the AWC,…

David Allen Walters (also known as Dave Walters) of Laguna Beach California a stockbroker formerly registered with Advisory Group Equity Services (AGES) has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Walters engaged in private securities transactions while…

Marlon O. Cole of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $20,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of unsuitable margin use and the breach of a fiduciary duty by Cole concerning his over-the-counter equities transactions…

Vonna Kay Husby of Fairbanks Arkansas a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Financial Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that she failed to cooperate with FINRA during the time that she was under investigation for allegedly taking advantage of an…

Michael B. Barnett of Nashville Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with JJB Hilliard WL Lyons is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $130,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer had been sold unsuitable Breitburn Energy investments and that a contract between the customer and Hilliard…

Lawrence John Fawcett Jr. (also known as Larry Fawcett Jr.) has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer was awarded $35,663.00 in compensatory and punitive damages founded on a FINRA Arbitrator finding Fawcett liable on the customer’s causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud as it…

Gordon Tong Quan of Pasadena California a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors Networks LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that investment recommendations made to the Cetera Advisor Networks customer by Quan had failed to be suitable and had…

Christopher Paul Puffer of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp and Money Concepts Advisory Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that was settled for $14,500.00 in damages based upon allegations of negligence and a breach of contract governing the customer’s alternative investment purchases including…

Wills Schneider Henriquez (also known as Wills S. Henrtquez) of Brooklyn New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $75,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that a fiduciary duty that was owed to the customer had…

David Todd Phillips (also known as Todd Phillips) of Gilbert Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Moloney Securities Co. and ProEquities Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he engaged in private securities transactions involving…

Ronald Reed McCook of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently registered with First Allied Securities Inc. and an investment adviser representative of Cetera investment Advisers LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that the customer had been placed in real estate…

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA, and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Cook, recently announced that FINRA is implementing various measures to rein in high-risk brokers and brokerage firms (also referred to as “rogue” brokers and firms). In fact, in recent months, there have been an interesting trend in particularly the New…

On July 11, 2017,  the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities announced that it has fined Newbridge Securities Corporation $499,000 for failure to supervise. The order does not specify the products or the number of affected Pennsylvania investors. It also does not identify the broker who made the problematic sales. The BrokerCheck report for Newbridge…

Cold Spring Advisory Group In March 2017, a Kansas City, Missouri FINRA Arbitration Panel rendered an Award in the matter of Halling v. Cape Securities, Inc., Arbitration No. 16-00519. In that case, the Claimant, Tom Halling alleged unsuitability, or the sale of unsuitable investments, the failure to supervise, and breach of fiduciary duty, resulting in…

Independent/broker-dealer Basis Financial LLC, and its owner and CEO Armen Karapetyan were charged with defrauding customers of about $1.8 million over a three-year period through four private placement offerings involving financially shaky issuers. According to a complaint filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Department of Enforcement, the fraudulent conduct included material misrepresentations and…

Martin William Padilla of Los Angeles California a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into accusations that Padilla made unsuitable trades of unit investment trusts in customer accounts. Case No. 2018057228701 (Aug. 7, 2020). FINRA Public Disclosure indicates that Department of Enforcement might proceed…

James Ortega of Pompano Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services 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 Ortega engaged in outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019061168602 (Oct. 5, 2020). According…

Douglas De Wayne Peterson (also known as Doug Peterson) of North Platte Nebraska a stockbroker formerly employed by Sagepoint Financial Inc. and investment adviser representative of Professional Financial Advisors is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $12,895.52 on March 31, 2020 based upon accusations that the customer’s investment…

Mark David Yadron (also known as Mark Lynn Yoder) of Prescott Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 2, 2020 in which the customer sought unspecified damages supported by allegations that investment recommendations made by Yadron at Merrill…

Ryan Owen Tarjanyi of Greensburg Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by Bankers Life Securities is under investigation according to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Case No. 20190619433 (Sept. 24, 2020). FINRA Public Disclosure reveals that Department of Enforcement might proceed with a disciplinary action against Tarjanyi supported by accusations of the stockbroker violating FINRA rules….

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…

Randy Lee Birkinbine of North Oaks Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Ausdal Financial Partners Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $109,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of illiquid and unsuitable investments including private placements and real estate securities which led to an over-concentration in…

Yann C. Faho (also known as Jann C. Faho and as John Faho) of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $462,259.99 in damages founded on allegations that the customer had purchased unsuitable investments through…

Neemit Mukesh Shah of Glen Allen Virginia a stockbroker formerly employed by NYLife Securities LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Shah engaged in private securities transactions during the period that he was associated with…

Stephen Leroy Whittaker of Surprise Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with First Financial Equity Corporation 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 findings that he engaged in outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019062207301…

Michael Christopher Venturino of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that a contract between the customer and the securities broker dealer had been breached and that…

Dwight Lee Dykstra of Maitland Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Vision Brokerage Services LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Dykstra sold away from Vision Brokerage Services. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

Jay Allan Ambroson of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Gould Ambroson Associates Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $525,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of conversion and the breach of a fiduciary duty by Ambroson which caused the customer’s losses. Financial Industry…

Jenna Kang (also known as Jihye Kang) of Los Angeles California a stockbroker formerly employed by AXA Advisors LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that she neglected to provide documents and information to the regulator while under investigation for falsifying customer…

Robert Barnard of Las Cruces New Mexico a stockbroker formerly registered with Principal Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Barnard did not comply with FINRA’s instructions when he was under investigation for effecting unauthorized transactions while associated with Principal…

Michael Kris Pina of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by PFS Investments Inc. has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for sixteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Pina borrowed money from customers of the securities broker dealer. Letter of Acceptance Waiver…

John Tweardy Jr. of Canonsburg Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with H. Beck Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $1,175,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer had been placed into bad variable annuity, real estate investment trust and business development company products by…

Dominic Joseph Linsalata Jr. of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Dawson James Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $670,237.00 in damages founded on allegations of elder abuse and breach of contract by Linsalata when Linsalata was associated with Dawson James Securities. Financial…

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…

Keith Landon Kelt (also known as Landon Keith Kelt) of Santa Barbara California a stockbroker employed by Kovack Securities Inc. and TKG Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $12,000.00 on April 7, 2020 founded on allegations that the customer’s account had been improperly managed at…

Donatas Belys Vildzius (also known as Donatas Vildzins and as Donatus Vildzins) of Danbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. 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 Vildzius executed excessive trades in customer accounts…

Scot Samuel Fairchild (also known as Scott Samuel Fairchild) of Henderson Nevada and San Diego California a stockbroker formerly registered with Lucia Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $214,335.00 in damages supported by allegations that Nevada securities laws had been violated in reference to Fairchild’s…

Darren Michael Kubiak of Alpharetta Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Kalos Capital Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that a contract had been breached and that a fiduciary duty that was owed to the customer had been breached…

Jeffrey Allan Broten of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial Company LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he failed to cooperate with the regulator during the time that he was under investigation for potentially…

Ken Alan Balser of Colorado Springs Colorado a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $35,695.00 in damages based upon accusations of Balser breaching a fiduciary duty do the customer and having defrauded the customer while employed by Cetera Advisors…

Kirk J. Gill of Tucson Arizona a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $238,316.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer was sold unsuitable energy sector securities between December of 2013 and March of 2016 during the…

Nina MacGinn Maines (also known as Nina MacGinn Sander) of Baldwinsville New York a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Cadaret Grant Co. 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 that she engaged in unauthorized transactions during the period…

Lonna Rae Dehn Ristvedt (also known as Lonna R. Dehn and as Lonna Rae Spitzer) of Fargo North Dakota a stockbroker formerly registered with National Planning Corporation has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that Ristvedt engaged…

Anthony Vultaggio Jr. of East Meadow New York a stockbroker formerly registered with American Capital Partners LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer had been placed into an inappropriate private placement by Vultaggio during the time that…

Paul Francis Seymour of Plattsburgh New York a stockbroker currently registered with Cadaret Grant Co. 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 that Seymour engaged in unauthorized trading in investor accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019061646404 (Oct….

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…

Gerald Roger Dewes of East Amherst New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Cadaret Grant Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,710,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that a fiduciary duty that was owed to the customer had been breached and that the stockbroker…

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…

Vincent James Mazza of Jersey City New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $400,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unauthorized over-the-counter equities trades were effected in the customer’s account during the time that Mazza was associated…

Yousuf Saljooki (also known as Joe Saljooki) of Melville 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 based upon an Office of Hearing Officers’ Default Decision containing findings that Saljooki failed to cooperate with FINRA Department of…

Christopher Anthony Fernan of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Salomon Whitney Financial (SW Financial) has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he neglected to testify for FINRA during the period that he was under investigation for a customer complaint….

Troy Robert Baily of Omaha Nebraska a stockbroker formerly registered with SagePoint Financial has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Baily took part in private sales of Future Income Payments (FIP) while registered with SagePoint Financial….

Cynthia Diane Cowden (also known as Cynthia Case) of Lake Isabella California a stockbroker formerly registered with NPB Financial Group LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Cowden made unsuitable investment recommendations to investors and failed to be forthcoming with FINRA…

David Arthur Hicks of Fort Pierce Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with H Beck Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $475,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that unsuitable real estate investment trust products and variable annuity products had been sold to the customer during the…

James Kenneth Couture of Worcester Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Couture failed to cooperate with FINRA investigators. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2020067011901 (Oct. 21, 2020). According to the AWC,…

Lawrence E. Hagedorn of Andover Kansas a stockbroker formerly registered with ON Equity Sales Company (ONESCO) has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative based on findings of Hagedorn pleading guilty to state securities laws violations. In the Matter of Lawrence E. Hagedorn Administrative Proceeding File…

Marc Augustus Reda of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC has been referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation in which the regulator has made an initial determination for Reda to face disciplinary action supported by accusations of Reda effecting trades in customer accounts on an…

Douglas William Stopkey of Richmond Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he effected unauthorized trades in customer accounts while registered with Merrill Lynch. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

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…

Jeffrey Raymond Dixson of Vancouver Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $225,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer had been provided with unsuitable recommendations of alternative investments including GPB which led the customer to experience…

Eric Steven Smith of Troy Michigan the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consulting Services Support Corporation (the parent company of CSSC Brokerage Services Inc.) 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 that misrepresentations had been…

Gary Arthur Forrest of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of negligence and the breach of fiduciary duty by the stockbroker with respect to his sales of real estate securities…

Neil James Buono of Woodstock Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Pruco Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Buono refused to cooperate with FINRA staff who was investigating allegations of his forgery and violations of FINRA rules. Letter of…

Luke Michael Johnson of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Coastal Equities Inc. and investment adviser representative of Coastal Investment Advisers is identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer received unsuitable alternative investment recommendations from Johnson in 2016 in…

Timothy Patrick Higgins (also known as Tim Higgins) of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $45,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that unauthorized and excessive trades were effected in the customer’s account when Higgins…

William Michael Council (also known as Bill Council) of San Diego California a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. and DA Davidson Co. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $50,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Council’s investment recommendations were not suitable for the DA…

Dennis Patrick Thurman of Sioux Falls South Dakota a stockbroker registered with First Allied Securities and investment adviser representative of Arete Wealth Management LLC is identified in a customer initiated investment related complaint on March 15, 2019 in which the customer sought $11,997.97 in damages supported by accusations that a contract had been breached and…

Jeffrey Allan Broten of Morristown New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial Co. LLC and National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that over-the-counter equities transactions effected in the customer’s account by the stockbroker failed…

Capital City Securities LLC a securities broker dealer headquartered in Powell Ohio has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that Capital City failed to supervise the suitability of trades that its stockbrokers effected in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

Christ Elias Baltas a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Baltas failed to comply with FINRA during its investigation into accusations of his failed supervision of a stockbroker who engaged in unsuitable trading…

Shapour Reza Ejlal of Great Neck New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp. is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $17,500.00 in damages on March 1, 2019 based upon accusations that unauthorized transactions were effected in the customer’s account and that the customer was placed…

Deborah Leah Beal of Downers Grove Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that she engaged in unauthorized transactions in the accounts of JP Morgan Securities customers….

David Wayne Kraft of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 30, 2020 in which the customer requested $1,201,922.12 in damages supported by allegations of the unauthorized “removal” of funds from the customer’s account during the time that…

Harry Rosenberg of Woodcliff Lake New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc. has been fined $8,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Rosenberg failed to disclose that he was the subject of a customer’s dispute…

Robert Steven Meyer of Holmdel New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered Monmouth Capital Management (MCM) has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Meyer effected transactions in customer accounts on an excessive and unsuitable basis. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and…

Alec C. Franks of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial Company LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he did not comply with FINRA during the course of its investigation into allegations of his excessive…

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…

Scott Thomas Wolfrum of Indianapolis Indiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Huntleigh Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $449,300.00 on April 9, 2019 based upon accusations that the customer was placed into a private placement without authorization in January of 2018 when Wolfrum was…

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…

Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC a securities broker dealer headquartered in Saint Louis Missouri has been censured and fined $625,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by findings that Wells Fargo failed to supervise the suitability of customers’ switches from variable annuities to other investment products through transactions initiated by Wells Fargo stockbrokers. Letter…

William Perry Randall (also known as W. Perry Randall) of Rockford Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $40,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer had been advised to invest in energy sector investments which…

Kevin Joseph Schaefer of San Francisco California a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of Schaefer making misrepresentations and providing unsuitable investment advice with respect to the…

Harry Seth Datys of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by WestPark Capital Inc. has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he advised customers of WestPark to purchase promissory notes that were not suitable for them and…

Katherine S. Clark (also known as Katherine St. Charles) of Chevy Chase Maryland a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on June 9, 2020 in which the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unauthorized transactions were executed…

David Leroy Johnson (also known as D. Leroy Johnson) of Houston Texas 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 based upon findings that Johnson falsified signatures of LPL Financial customers and that…

Barry David Abrams of Marlton New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $20,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer had been placed into unsuitable investments including Corporate Capital Trust and FS Energy and Power (FSEP) which…

Michael Shon Hickey of Mission Viejo California a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 21, 2020 in which the customer requested $25,000.00 in damages founded upon accusations that the Wells Fargo customer had been charged excessive commissions as…

Willard Louis Pugh of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Dawson James Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $155,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer was provided with bad investment advice from Pugh as it concerned the customer’s investments in United…

Michael Thomas Williams of Vero Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Financial Services has been terminated from the securities broker dealer based upon accusations of Williams’ failure to supervise stockbrokers’ private correspondence with customers. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure also reveals that Williams is the subject of a customer initiated…

Griffinest Asia Securities LLC a securities broker dealer located in Pasadena California has been censured and fined $35,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon allegations that it failed to supervise the sales of non-traditional exchange traded products which had been initiated by stockbrokers of Griffinest Asia. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

Curtis Winston Neuman of Ocala Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 28, 2019 where the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations that the customer had been provided with unsuitable investment advice in regards to the purchase of a…

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