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

Joseph Scott Audia of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity because he failed to supervise a stockbroker who engaged in unsuitable and excessive transactions. Letter of Acceptance,…

Sebastian Wyczawski of Mineola, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he executed excessive and unsuitable transactions during the time that he was associated with Joseph Stone Capital…

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

Edmund Paul Murphy of Naples, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Robert W. Baird Co. Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on October 22, 2021, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Murphy made unsuitable recommendations with regard to the sale of mutual funds when Murphy…

Shane Rene Falcon of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corp, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $95,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Falcon made unsuitable transactions with regard to the recommendation and sale of private placements when Falcon was…

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

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

David Martin Martirosian of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Martirosian failed to cooperate with FINRA in an investigation relating to excessive and unsuitable trading and selling away while registered with…

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

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

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

Russ Kory of White Plains, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with David Lerner Associates Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Kory made unsuitable recommendations. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2019063686203 (September…

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

Everett Bryant Ellis (also known as Rett Ellis) of Gulf Breeze, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with BBVA Securities Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on March 3, 2022, where the customer requested $100,000.00 or more in damages based upon accusations that Ellis made unsuitable recommendations in connection with the recommendation…

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

Efthimios George Petrou (also known as Tim Petrou) of Ronkonkoma, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Arive Capital Markets, 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 accusations that Petrou made unsuitable recommendations and excessive transactions. Letter of…

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

Jeffrey Daniel Basford of Westport, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with David Lerner Associates Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Basford refused to cooperate with a FINRA investigation regarding the unsuitable recommendation and sale of securities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver,…

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

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

Michael Christopher Venturino of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker registered with Aegis Capital Corp., is referenced in an enforcement action initiated by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) where the regulator is seeking sanctions against Venturino based upon allegations that Venturino committed fraud and made excessive and unsuitable transactions in Aegis Capital Corp customer accounts….

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

David Gene Menashe of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Allied Millennial Partners LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he refused to comply with FINRA when he was under investigation for excessive and unsuitable trading. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and…

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

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

Jack Lewis Jones (also known as JJ Jones) of Houston, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with Triad Advisors, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages because Jones allegedly provided unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer regarding a private placement when Jones was…

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

Stephen James Sullivan of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation, was identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $30,000.00 in damages because Sullivan allegedly made unauthorized, unsuitable, and excessive securities transactions in the customer’s Newbridge Securities Corporation account. Financial Industry Regulatory…

Christopher Neil Watkins of Louisville, Kentucky, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on June 2, 2022, where the customer sought compensatory damages based upon allegations that Watkins provided unsuitable investment recommendations in connection with the sale of alternative investments, including business development company…

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

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

National Securities Corporation, a securities broker-dealer headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, has been censured and fined $3,600,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based in part on National Securities Corporation’s negligent omissions relating to GPB Capital Holdings and its failure to supervise the recommendation of non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs) to customers. Letter…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Itzchak Antevy of North Miami Beach, Florida, a stockbroker registered with FMSBonds Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $14,999.00 in damages supported by accusations of the customer being misled by Antevy regarding investments in corporate debt while Antevy was employed by FMSBonds. Financial…

Robert Douglas Armstrong of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker currently registered with Dawson James Securities Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $123,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of unsuitable investment recommendations by Armstrong concerning limited partnership interests or direct participation program interests while Armstrong…

Vincent Anthony Virga of Bayonne, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $150,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer received unsuitable investment recommendations from Virga concerning alternative investments while Virga was associated with Madison…

Joseph Ijong Chu of Stamford, Connecticut, a stockbroker currently registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $866,302.56 in damages founded on accusations that the customer was placed into unsuitable over-the-counter equities by Chu during the time that he…

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 which was resolved for $55,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of BCG Securities’ failure to supervise trading in the customer’s account, resulting in unsuitable real estate…

Jeffrey Raymond Dixson of Vancouver, Washington, a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought compensatory damages supported by allegations of unsuitable alternative investment recommendations by Dixson, which included sales of limited partnership interests or direct participation program…

William Franklin Richardson (also known as Frank Richardson) of Houston, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Investacorp Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $90,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of unsuitable Business Development Company and Real Estate Investment Trust purchases  by Richardson while he…

Charles Chester Kulch of Nashua, New Hampshire, a stockbroker formerly registered with Next Financial Group Inc., has been barred by Massachusetts Securities Division from being a stockbroker supported by allegations of Kulch making unsuitable recommendations to customers on variable annuities and non-traded real estate investment trusts. In the Matter of Charles C. Kulch Docket No….

Philip Marchese of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC, has been suspended for twelve months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Marchese made unsuitable recommendations to a customer when Marchese was employed by Spartan Capital. Letter of…

Christopher John Shaw (also known as Chris John Shaw), a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 on June 30, 2021, supported by accusations of breach of fiduciary duty relating to illiquid and risky alternative investments, including non-traded…

Richard Mark Braverman (also known as Rich Braverman) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker formerly registered with Geneos Wealth Management Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $275,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Braverman provided unsuitable advice to the customer regarding direct participation program…

Cindy Lucille Porto Chiellini of Lexington, South Carolina, a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $70,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of unsuitable real estate securities and corporate bonds being recommended by Chiellini during the time that…

John Anthony Orlando of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Westpark Capital Inc., has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement with making unsuitable recommendations, falsifying information on Westpark Capital’s books and records relating to his solicitation of trades, and falsifying statements to the securities broker dealer regarding his…

Kevin Marshall McCallum of Birmingham, Alabama, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $725,650.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer was overconcentrated in a business development company (BDC) when McCallum was registered with LPL Financial LLC….

John Edward Massa of Staten Island, New York, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought compensatory damages based upon accusations of Massa’s unsuitable recommendations of real estate investment trusts (REITs) when he was associated with Cetera Investment Services. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No….

John Stephen Pronovost of Watertown, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cambridge Investment Research, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $43,534.53 in damages supported by accusations of misrepresentation by Pronovost regarding the customer’s investment in LJM Preservation and Growth Fund, resulting in damages to…

Bryon Edwin Martinsen of Kings Park, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $15,801.50 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s account had been overconcentrated by Martinsen in real estate securities in illiquid investments while…

Thomas Edison Kelly of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $20,651.79 in damages based upon accusations of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and unsuitable transactions by Kelly when he was associated…

John Joseph Stapleton of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Spartan Capital Securities, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related securities arbitration claim which was settled for $10,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations by Stapleton when he was employed by Spartan Capital Securities. Financial Industry…

James Andrew Geake (also known as Jim Geake) of Skokie, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim which was settled for $450,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of unsuitable recommendations by Geake regarding alternative investments, including Hospitality Investors Trust, during the time…

Paul Ronald Koch of Wayzata, Minnesota, a stockbroker formerly registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC, 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 FINRA while he was under investigation for allegedly making unsuitable investment recommendations and diverting funds…

William David Hobby of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $229,000.00 on October 2, 2019, supported by allegations of the customer being placed into unsuitable over-the-counter equities when Hobby was employed by UBS Financial Services. According…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Marc Frederick Korsch, of Sarasota, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s request for information about his activities. Case No. 2020066487801 (December 27, 2021). FINRA Public Disclosure…

Marcello Lattuca, of Massapequa, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with NBC Securities Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $75,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of elder abuse and breach of fiduciary duty pertaining to real estate security and stock transactions executed by Lattuca between 2012…

Johnny Guan, of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $125,820.12 in damages supported by accusations that between December of 2012 and November of 2020, Guan provided unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer…

Charles Edward White II (also known as Chad White), of Providence, Rhode Island, a stockbroker formerly registered with Barrett Company, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $1,200,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of White having the customer invest in unsuitable securities in a customized portfolio…

Nathan Gersteen Katz, of Largo, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with American Independent Securities Group, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 28, 2021, in which the customer sought damages supported by allegations of an unsuitable annuity rider being placed on the customer’s annuity, which was intended for the benefit…

Michael Patrick Nixon, of Tampa, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Paulson Investment Company, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Nixon made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers during the time that he was employed by Paulson…

Warren Ellwood Rowe Jr., of Richmond, Virginia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he refused to cooperate with FINRA’s requests while the regulator investigated him for potentially taking loans from Oppenheimer customers without…

James Marten Lamont, of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Whitehall Parker Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.01 in damages supported by accusations that Lamont provided unsuitable recommendations to them as it pertained to real estate security products…

Mark Stewart Brody, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Planned Financial Programs Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $55,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of Brody’s misrepresentation of information relating to common and preferred stock trades while he was employed by Planned…

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc., a securities broker dealer headquartered in New York, New York, has been censured and fined $1,200,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), founded on findings that it failed to comply with FINRA during two misconduct investigations. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2018058015702 (December 20, 2021). According to…

Bryan Kirk Bordelon, of New Orleans, Louisiana, a stockbroker currently registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 28, 2021, where the customer requested $31,456.45 in damages founded on accusations of Bordelon placing them in unsuitable investments including structured products between July 20, 2018, and…

Walter Roland Valenzuela, of San Diego, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Hilltop Securities Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 21, 2021, where the customer sought $15,334.00 in damages founded on accusations of misrepresentation relating to the liquidity of the customer’s investment in Bluerock Inc. Interval Fund during the…

Eric Carl Willer, of Dallas, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Fusion Analytics Securities LLC, has been suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he provided unsuitable investment recommendations to customers regarding bond offerings while he was associated with Fusion Analytics…

Gerald Richard Sharpe Jr. (also known as Gerry Sharpe), of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $283,716.78 in damages supported by allegations that unsuitable investment recommendations had been made by Sharpe…

Joseph Albert Ambrosole, 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 unsuitable trading of over-the-counter equities by Ambrosole between February of 2021 and May…

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…

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