Christian J. Stoltz, of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker with Centaurus Financial, Inc., was named in a pending customer dispute on August 8, 2016, in which a customer has requested $32,000.00 in damages after alleging Stoltz made unsuitable recommendations concerning annuities and the customer’s managed investment account. Public Disclosure records reveal that Stoltz has also…

Joseph M. Thurnherr, of New York, New York, a stockbroker with Meyers Associates, L.P., was named in a pending customer dispute on June 23, 2016, in which the customer has requested $93,624.00 in damages after alleging that Thurnherr made unsuitable investment recommendations and over-concentrated the customer’s investment accounts from February through November of 2015. Public…

Matthew A. Siliato, of New York, New York, a stockbroker with Meyers Associates, L.P., was named in a pending customer dispute on June 23, 2016, in which the customer requested $250,627.60 in damages amid allegations against Siliato of making unsuitable investment recommendations. Siliato has also been named in another pending customer dispute on December 28,…

Caldwell International Securities Group, headquartered in Fischer, Texas, along with the firm’s supervisory staff members (Greg Caldwell, Lennie Freiman, and Paul Jacobs) were censured and fined by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) per an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that the firm and individuals committed, inter alia, unsuitable investment strategy recommendations, unsuitable exchange…

Christopher B. Ariola, of Aliso Viejo, California, a stockbroker with Bay Mutual Financial, LLC, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Ariola made unsuitable recommendations to investors. Department of Enforcement v. Christopher B. Ariola, No. 2012034139101 (Aug. 25, 2016). According to the Complaint, between December of 2011…

Richard William Lunn Martin, of Penang, Malaysia, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Martin made unsuitable recommendations to customers, and false and misleading statements to customers regarding investments. Department of Enforcement v. Richard William Lunn Martin, No. 2013035817701 (June 27, 2016). According to the Complaint, from…

Richard Gomez, of New York, New York, a stockbroker with Legend Securities, Inc., was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity in connection with a Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Gomez engaged in private securities transactions, and made unsuitable recommendations to investors. Department of Enforcement…

Lance J. Ziesemer, of Wayzata, Minnesota, a stockbroker for Feltl & Company, was fined $7,500.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2013036524903 (May 12, 2016)….

World Equity Group, Inc., headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was fined $50,000.00 and censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm failed to supervise unsuitable and excessive equity trading. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2014039231401 (Apr. 25, 2016). According to the AWC, from November 2009 through September…

John R. McKinstry Jr., of Saint Louis, Missouri, was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity after consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate in an investigation into allegations of whether McKinstry engaged in unsuitable recommendations and unauthorized lending agreements with customers. Letter of Acceptance,…

Brett W. Burgesser, of Orlando, Florida, a stockbroker with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, was fined $5,000.00 and suspended for sixty-days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he engaged in the unsuitable switching of mutual funds in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and…

David Joseph Escarcega, of Phoenix, Arizona, a stockbroker with Center Street Securities, Inc., was barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity in connection with a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Escarcega communicated misleading and materially false statements to customers, and…

Andrew Scott Corbman, of Lansdown, Virginia, was suspended for one month from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he engaged in unsuitable recommendations and provided misleading communications to investors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2010024620302 (Feb. 1, 2016). According to the AWC,…

James W. Anderson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a stockbroker with WFG Investments, Inc., was fined $15,000 and suspended for fifteen months from associating with a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in all principal capacities after consenting to findings that he failed to supervise a stockbroker who engaged in unsuitable trading. Letter of Acceptance,…

Jacob T. Turner of Orlando, Florida, a stockbroker with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., was fined $5,000 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any and all capacities after consenting to findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2013036516301…

Carlos Benavidez, Jr., of Louisville, Kentucky, a stockbroker with Waddell & Reed, was fined $10,000 and suspended from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any and all capacities for two months after consenting to findings that he exercised discretion in eighty customer accounts without prior written authorization from the customers or…

Richard A. McCollam of Layfayette, California, a stockbroker with National Planning Corporation, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging McCollam willfully failed to disclose two customer arbitrations and seven customer complaints on his Uniform Application for Securities Industry Regulation filed on January 22, 2014, referred to as…

Carl W. Busch of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a Stockbroker with WFG Financial, was fined $5,000 and suspended in all principal capacities from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm after consenting to findings that he failed to adequately supervise the sales practice of Larry Michael Crabtree, a Stockbroker of WFG, who had…

Larry Michael Crabtree of Edmond, Oklahoma, a stockbroker with WFG Investments, Inc., was suspended for six-months in all capacities from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm after consenting to findings that Crabtree engaged in unsuitable trading and improperly exercised discretion in the account of a customer; sent inappropriate and unapproved communications…

Betsy Marcom of Georgetown, Texas, a Stockbroker with Next Financial Group, Inc. was fined $15,000 and suspended for four months from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm after consenting to findings that she made unsuitable investment recommendations to her client, HTCC, a non-profit parish church. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent,…

Adam R. Tau of New York, New York, a registered representative with Garden State Securities, Inc., was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any and all capacities for two months after consenting to findings that Tau had made unsuitable recommendations and engaged in discretionary trading. Letter…

James S. Witter of Garden City, New York, a registered representative with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., was fined $5,000 and suspended for two months from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity after consenting to findings that Witter failed to reasonably supervise a registered representative who engaged in unsuitable…

Lincoln Financial Advisors, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was censured and fined $90,000 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm failed to adequately supervise the activities of a registered representative who engaged in unsuitable penny stock trading. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2011029739902 (Dec. 8, 2015). According…

Jeffrey L. Rittberger of New Concord, Ohio, a stockbroker associated with Huntington Investment Company, was fined $10,000 and suspended for forty-five days from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in all capacities after consenting to findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to firm customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2013036874902…

Summit Brokerage Services of Boca Raton, Florida, was censured and fined $250,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm, via its registered representatives, made unsuitable recommendations for customers to purchase leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2011029635101 (Dec. 2, 2015). According to…

Jeffrey D. Daggett, a Stockbroker with Wells Fargo Advisors, received a four-month suspension from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity, as well as a $20,000.00 fine after consenting to findings that he recommended unsuitable transactions in exchange trade notes, as well as leveraged and inverse leveraged exchange traded…

Jordon S. Trice, a registered representative with Great Circle Financial, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint containing allegations that Trice had effected options transactions in an account that was not approved for options trading. Department of Enforcement v. Trice, No. 2012030670603. According to the Complaint, from January…

James E. Scott, a registered representative with FSC Securities Corp., was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in any and all capacities via terms of an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing allegations that Scott had aided and abetted an individual in the sale and recommendation of certain unauthorized securities transactions,…

Douglas William Finlay, Jr., a registered representative with Cadaret Grant, was suspended, fined, and forced to pay disgorgement by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority after consenting to findings that Finlay engaged in an unsuitable recommendation and execution of a faulty transaction in his firm’s customer account. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2013035576601 (Apr….

The Securities and Exchange Commission brought an action against Bennett Group and its founder Dawn J. Bennett for federal securities fraud. Bennett and most employee associated with the Bennett Group are registered representatives of with Western International Securities, Inc. According to the SEC’s allegations, Bennett, made material misstatements and omissions regarding assets that were purportedly…

Thomas Morley Hogle, a general securities representative formerly associated with B.B. Graham & Company, was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member firm in any capacity after failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that Hogle made unsuitable investment recommendations in his former firm’s account of an elderly customer. FINRA Letter of…

Derek Lee Miller of Redondo Beach, CA, a former general securities representative with Securities America, Inc., was permanently barred from association with any FINRA-registered firm in all capacities after failing to appear for on-the-record testimony in connection with FINRA’s investigation into allegations that Miller engaged in unsuitable trading. FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent,…

Richard Eugene Whitley, a former H.D. Vest general securities representative, was barred from association with any FINRA registered firm in all capacities after Whitley failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of that Whitley, while employed at his former firm, engaged in unsuitable trading in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent…

E1 Asset Management, Inc., a FINRA member broker/dealer since 1999 headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, operates as an introducing broker-dealer via 14 registered reps and 3 branch offices. The Firm, along with their general securities principals Ron Y. Itin and Ahsan R. Shaikh, were censured and fined by FINRA in connection with supervisory deficiencies consisting…

Cornerstone Core Properties REIT Inc., a non-traded real estate investment trust, has sent a letter to its shareholders bearing some bad news: The REIT’s valuation has plunged from the original issue price of $8.00 per share down to $2.25, a dive of about of 72 percent. Cornerstone’s Letter to Shareholders The company reported the revised…

On October 4, 2011, a FINRA Arbitration Panel sitting Portland, Oregon, in the matter of James D. Brogden, et. al. v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., FINRA Arbitration Number 10-01725 rendered an arbitration award against Merrill Lynch for $96,049 of the $309,358 in damages sought in connection with the recommendation to purchase Federal…

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