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…

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

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

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…

Richard Anthony Rodriguez, of Fruitland Park, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that omissions and misrepresentations about alternative investments had been made by Rodriguez while he was…

Todd Franklin Kling, of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, has been suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he recommended unsuitable and excessive trades in a customer’s account during the time that he…

Joseph Michael Fedorko Jr, of Greenwich, Connecticut, a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd., has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of Fedorko’s excessive and unsuitable trading while he was employed by Laidlaw Company. Letter…

Robert Patrick MacNamee, of Red Bank, New Jersey, 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 $190,873.62 in damages founded on accusations of MacNamee’s unsuitable investment recommendations concerning the customer’s account at Aegis Capital Corp. Financial Industry Regulatory…

David Khezri, of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. and Worden Capital Management LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he hindered a FINRA investigation into accusations of his unsuitable investment advice to investors….

Kevin Mark Nevin, of Edina, Minnesota, a stockbroker formerly registered with Dempsey Lord Smith LLC and Sandlapper Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that he failed to comply with FINRA’s requests for information in 2021 regarding the non-payment of a…

William Colie Johnson, of Greenville, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations of the customer being sold unsuitable alternative investments because of Johnson during the time that he was associated with Voya…

Robert Anthony Guidicipietro (also known as Robert A. Peters), of Bay Ridge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Arive Capital Markets, 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 Guidicipietro made excessive and unsuitable trades in…

John R. Mateyko, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with World Equity Group, Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Mateyko made misrepresentations regarding business development programs and real estate investment trusts between 2014 and 2018…

Brian David Rockowitz, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $106,882.07 in damages founded on accusations that between December of 2012 and November of 2020, unsuitable investment recommendations were made by Rockowitz at Aegis…

Peter Vincent Ianace, of Frisco, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $18,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of misrepresentation and unsuitable recommendations by Ianace between February of 2013 and December of 2019…

Douglas Jarrett Rosenberg, of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Joseph Stone Capital LLC, has been suspended for seven months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of Rosenberg making unsuitable and excessive trades in the accounts of three Joseph Stone Capital customers. Letter…

Robert Patrick Foley, of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wynston Hill Capital LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity supported by findings that Foley failed to supervise stockbrokers who excessively traded in customer accounts…

Danny Jerome Young (also known as Danny Young), of Adel, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which customers requested $800,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Young sold unsuitable real estate securities while he was registered with Voya…

Philip Anthony Simone, of Costa Mesa, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Centaurus Financial Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,001.00 in damages based upon accusations of their account being overconcentrated in complex, risky, and high-commission real estate securities while Simone was registered with…

Michael Christopher Venturino, of Garden City, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is identified in a FINRA investigation. Case No. 20210703375 (September 13, 2021). FINRA is contemplating taking disciplinary action against Venturino for potentially making excessive trades in customer accounts when he was registered with Aegis Capital Corp. According to FINRA…

Eric Peter Weschke, of Setauket, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Kalos Capital Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $138,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of negligence and unsuitable alternative investment transactions by Weschke during the time that he was associated with…

Efrain Balderrama Trujillo, of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Western International Securities Inc., was discharged by the securities broker dealer on October 26, 2021, supported by accusations that he borrowed money from a customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals that Trujillo has been fined $20,000.00 and barred from…

Sean J. McElduff, of Parsippany, New Jersey, a stockbroker currently registered with Hennion Walsh Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $10,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that made unsuitable recommendations to them regarding municipal bonds while he was registered with Hennion Walsh. Financial…

Clifford Edward Bryan III, of Merrillville, Indiana, a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $695,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Bryan failed to supervise a stockbroker’s recommendations in a customer’s account at Wells Fargo Clearing Services….

Gregg Scott Lentz, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a stockbroker formerly registered with Triad Advisors LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on March 25, 2020, to resolve allegations that Lentz made unsuitable recommendations to the customer regarding a variable annuity purchase during the period that Lentz was associated with…

Joseph Patrick Roop (also known as Joepat Roop), of Belmont, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 5, 2021, where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by allegations of unsuitable investment recommendations of real estate security products by Roop…

John Michael Cione of San Diego, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $105,000.00 in damages based on allegations of Cione providing unsuitable recommendations concerning alternative investments during the time that he was employed by Independent…

Frank Jose Ortiz (also known as Francisco Jose Ortiz), of Los Angeles, California, a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Wells Fargo Clearing Services, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $52,500.00 in damages supported by accusations of Ortiz omitting risks relating to the customer’s…

James Travis Flynn (also known as Jim Flynn), of Greenville, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of Flynn misrepresenting information about alternative investments during the time that…

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…

Dennis Shane McMillan (also known as Shane McMillan), of Englewood, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with Arete Wealth Management, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that between November of 2016 and June of 2017, McMillan provided unsuitable…

Andrew J. Bransky, of Chicago, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 22, 2020, where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations of unsuitable investment recommendations by Bransky while he was associated with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated. The…

Daniel Todd Levine, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages based upon allegations that they were placed into unsuitable “private placements” during the time that Levine was registered with Morgan Stanley Smith…

Sandra Lee White (also known as Sandra Lee Bauer, Sandra Hoffower White, and Sandra Lee Hoffower), of Houston, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisor Networks, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $7,500.00 based upon allegations that White made misrepresentations to the customer regarding…

Michael Joseph McNulty (also known as Mike McNulty), of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages based upon allegations of unsuitable investment advice by McNulty concerning equities transactions when McNulty was associated…

Xiangyu Yu Zhang of Arcadia, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on August 6, 2021, where the customer sought compensatory damages founded upon allegations that Zhang provided unsuitable recommendations to the customer regarding real estate security investments while he was employed by…

Scott William Palmer of Hackensack, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly employed by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 24, 2021, in which the customer requested compensatory damages founded upon allegations that their funds were mismanaged between January of 2011 and June of 2017 when Palmer…

Joseph Gerard Michaletz (also known as Joseph Gerard Michaeletz, Joseph Gerald Michaletz, and Joe Michaletz), of Mankato, Minnesota, a stockbroker formerly registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC and Triad Advisors Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $2,550,000.00 in damages founded on allegations…

Rafael Alberto Gonzalez, of Coral Gables, Florida, a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $78,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Gonzalez provided unsuitable recommendations to the customer regarding closed-end funds during the time that he was associated with…

Jeffrey Scott Larson, of Kirkwood, Missouri, a stockbroker formerly registered with Arete Wealth Management LLC, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations that Larson provided unsuitable recommendations concerning alternative investments when he was registered with Arete Wealth Management LLC. Financial Industry…

Keith Lawton James Connolly, of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $45,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable trading by Connolly during the period that he was registered with Aegis Capital Corp. Financial…

Robert C. Fross, of The Villages, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with SII Investments Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $14,999.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was placed into an unsuitable real estate investment trust by Fross during the time that…

Scott Cory Ente of Syosset New York a stockbroker currently registered with David Lerner Associates is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of Ente misrepresenting information pertaining to Puerto Rico bonds when he was employed by…

Sebastian Wyczawski of Manorville 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 supported by findings that Wyczawski made unsuitable recommendations to customers while he was associated with Joseph Stone Capital….

Frederick Peter Baerenz (also known as Fred Baerenz) of Great Falls Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment complaint which was settled for $14,000.00 in damages on August 20, 2020, based upon accusations that Baerenz provided unsuitable recommendations regarding alternative investment transactions during the time that…

Christiane Olsen of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 3, 2020, where the customer requested compensatory damages founded on accusations of Olsen selling them unsuitable corporate bonds and notes while she was registered with UBS Financial…

Peter Werner David of Waukesha Wisconsin a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodbury Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $281,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that they were placed into an unsuitable equity fund by David while he was registered with Woodbury…

Leonard Joseph Marzocco (also known as Lenny Marzocco and Len Marzocco) of Nesconset New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodstock Financial Group 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 Marzocco made unsuitable recommendations to a…

David Stewart Silberg of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer had been placed into unsuitable structured products between September of 2015 and June of…

John James Hoidas of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Uhlmann Price Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $499,000.00 in damages based on accusations that Hoidas provided unsuitable recommendations as it pertained to private placements while he was employed by Uhlmann Price…

Trevor Bradner Rahn of Los Angeles California a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,000,000.00 in damages based on allegations of Rahn’s unsuitable stock trades while he was associated with JP Morgan Securities. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

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