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…

Luisa Gonzalez (also known as Mercado Luisa Gonzales) of Kissimmee Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of Gonzalez selling them an unsuitable GIC investment during…

JeanPierre Ayala (also known as JP Ayala) of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages founded upon accusations that Ayala sold unsuitable investments, including private placements, stocks, and over-the-counter equities…

Arthur Stewart Hoffman (also known as Art Hoffman) of Glendale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $358,183.00 in damages founded upon accusations of them being placed into Zima Digital Assets because of Hoffman’s unsuitable investment…

Spartan Capital Securities a securities broker dealer headquartered in Manhattan New York—along with John D. Lowry (co-founder and CEO of Spartan) and Kim M. Monchik (CCO of Spartan)—have been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Department of Enforcement with failing to disclose reportable events concerning Spartan stockbrokers, including customer complaints and arbitrations. Department of Enforcement…

John Louis Roberts of Stockbridge Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Benchmark investments Inc. was discharged as a stockbroker on July 14, 2020, supported by allegations of Roberts failing to comply with industry standards and the firm’s procedures. This is not the first time that Roberts has been terminated from a securities broker dealer. FINRA…

Rick Alan Davidson of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corp is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that their account was exposed to unsuitable trading of stocks by Davidson during the time that he was associated…

Daniel Todd Lerner of White Plains New York a stockbroker currently registered with David Lerner Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $450,000.00 in damages founded upon accusations of misrepresentations and omissions regarding mutual fund transactions and a private placement offering during…

Steven Mackie Woods of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $200,123.00 in damages founded upon accusations of excessive trading of stocks and over-the-counter equities by Woods when he was associated with Laidlaw…

Steven Andrew Greer (also known as Andrew Greer) of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with GF Investment Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim on September 3, 2020, in which the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations that alternative investments had been recommended by Greer…

Ryan Ashley Raskin of Beverly Hills California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that he failed to comply with FINRA’s investigation focusing on his alleged unsuitable investment recommendations while he was…

Bruce Anthony Ciallella of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Summit Brokerage Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of fraud and the violation of Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act concerning the sale of…

Stephen John Ferencik (also known as Stephen John Ferencilz) of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker currently registered with Arkadios Capital is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable alternative investment transactions by Ferencik and Arkadios Capital between 2017 and…

Kimberly Ann Barentsen (also known as Kimberly Ann Berentsen, Kimberly Ann Bietema, and Kimberly Ann Bielema) of Walnut Creek California a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc. 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 on allegations…

Dawn Alison Strachan (also known as Dawn Alison Osogwin and as Dawn Allison Osogwin) of Torrance California a stockbroker formerly registered with Questar Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $999,999.00 in damages based on accusations of Strachan’s unsuitable recommendations regarding private placements…

Robert Tibor Nyilas of Jericho New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Advisory Group Equity Services Ltd. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he did not cooperate with FINRA’s requests while he was under investigation for possibly making unsuitable investment recommendations…

Christopher Rice Callagy of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $180,000.00 in damages based on accusations of poor investment performance during the time that Callagy was associated with Aegis Capital Corp. Financial…

John Hillman Timberlake of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Carter Terry Company Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 15, 2020 in which the customer sought unspecified damages based on allegations of unauthorized and unsuitable trades when Hillman was associated with Carter Terry Co. Inc. Financial Industry…

Shay W. Scruggs of Houston Texas a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought between $2,000,000.00 and $3,000,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that they had been placed into unsuitable equities by Scruggs between 2013 and…

Thomas Boley Hunt of Twin Falls Idaho a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Advisors is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $20,000.00 in damages on July 22, 2020 supported by allegations that Hunt’s transactions at Wells Fargo Advisors were not suitable for the customer. Hunt has…

Arthur Mel Coffey (also known as Mel Coffey) of Miller Place New York a stockbroker currently registered with SW Financial is referenced in a FINRA investigation which may lead to Department of Enforcement bringing a disciplinary action against him for possibly churning customer accounts and making unsuitable trades in violation of FINRA rules. FINRA Case…

Daniel G. Dillard of Austin Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Sagepoint Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Dillard provided unsuitable investment recommendations regarding direct participation program interests or limited partnership interests during the period that…

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

Curt Giacobbe of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded upon accusations that Giacobbe failed to cooperate with FINRA’s request for information. Case No. 2020065067201 (November 6, 2020). FINRA Public Disclosure shows that Giacobbe…

Frank Mastrosimone of Basking Ridge New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that they had been placed into an unsuitable private investment fund by Mastrosimone while he was…

Vincent Anthony Virga (also known as Vincenzo Anthony Virga) of Bayonne New Jersey 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 $495,000.00 in damages based on allegations that Virga provided unsuitable advice to them regarding alternative investments including…

Rodrigue Lors (also known as Rodrique Lors) of Westbury New York a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages founded upon allegations that Lors provided unsuitable recommendations as it pertained to private placements during the…

Glennon James Cole (also known as Glen James Cole) of Manchester Missouri a stockbroker formerly registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $400,000.00 in damages based on accusations that they were placed into unsuitable real estate securities and direct…

James Edward Lyons of Shreveport Louisiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,000,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of Lyons’ unsuitable trading of sector-specific investments and direct investments while he was associated with Raymond James…

Jonathan Todd Pyne of Plymouth Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $116,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of misrepresentation relating to their investments in real estate securities while Pyne was associated…

Susan Lavon Welo of Mayville North Dakota a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and Securities America Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 6, 2021 where the customer requested compensation founded on accusations that Welo effected unsuitable real estate investment trust purchases for their account at…

Shawn Elizabeth Parker of Schaumburg Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 12, 2021 where the customer requested $254,336.56 in damages founded on accusations of Parker misrepresenting benefits and features on a living benefit rider on their RiverSource RAVA 5…

Bryant Edwin Caveness of Kingsport Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $230,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of unsuitable trades and breach of fiduciary duty by Caveness when he was associated with Ameriprise…

Jeffrey Gerard Meyers (also known as Jeff Meyers) of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker currently registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 9, 2021 where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by allegations of Meyers’ unsuitable real estate security transactions while he was…

David Khezri of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management and Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation in which the regulator recommended that Khezri face disciplinary action for possible violations of FINRA rules and securities laws pertaining to excessive and unsuitable…

William Robert Young (also known as Bill Young) of Bethesda Maryland a stockbroker formerly registered with H. Beck Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $123,000.00 in damages based on accusations that Young caused them to invest in unsuitable securities including real estate investment…

Kevin Richard Wilson of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that they had been sold unsuitable private placements and over-the-counter equities by Wilson during the period…

David Weisberg of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $47,629.58 in damages founded on accusations of unsuitability and misrepresentation relating to the customer’s investments in over-the-counter equities between October of 2017…

Allan Perry Montalbano of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Four Points Capital Partners LLC and Worden Capital Management LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $543,163.00 in damages founded on accusations that they had received unsuitable investment recommendations from Montalbano…

Craig Bradford Eastwood of Hershey Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on allegations that Eastwood provided unsuitable recommendations in regard to a variable annuity in November of 2017 when he was…

Michael Joseph Lancaster of Tampa Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with NFP Securities Inc. and LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) inquiry in which FINRA is reviewing a customer initiated investment related complaints alleging misrepresentation and the recommendation of unsuitable investments. Case No. 20210704636 (Mar. 22, 2021). Lancaster has…

Vincent John Villani of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of Villani making unsuitable private placement recommendations or sales at National Securities Corp which resulted in losses…

Michael Fasciglione of Mineola New York a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $422,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of Fasciglione’s unsuitable transactions relating to a private placement when Fasciglione was associated with National Securities Corp. Financial Industry…

Michael James Farrell  of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $190,873.62 in damages based on accusations that Farrell provided unsuitable recommendations to them in regard to investments held in the customer’s Aegis…

Alfonse Joseph Stazzone Jr of Holmdel New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodstock Financial Group has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Stazzone made unsuitable and excessive trades in a customer’s account when Stazzone was…

Sonia Balfour-Fears (also known as Sonia Delores Balfour and as Sonia D. Fears) of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations that Balfour-Fears made misrepresentations to the…

Maxim Beliakov of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodstock Financial Group 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 he engaged in unsuitable and excessive trading in a Woodstock Financial Group customer’s account….

George Craig Merhoff Jr of Klamath Falls Oregon a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested between $500,000.00 and $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer’s account had been overconcentrated by Merhoff in unsuitable investments including…

Steven Paul Reznik of Tallahassee Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $100,000.00 in damages based on allegations that the customer was sold unsuitable equities by Reznik while he was associated with Raymond James Financial Services….

Rick Douglas Konecny of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that unsuitable transactions were affected in customer accounts by Konecny when he was associated with JP Morgan Securities….

David John Melilli of Moorestown New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with SagePoint Financial Inc. is the focus of a FINRA investigation on April 1, 2021 in which FINRA has determined that disciplinary action should be taken against Melilli for allegedly making excessive and unsuitable trades and for forging customer signatures. Case No. 20190636810 (Apr….

Michael Alejandro Castillero of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Alexander Capital LP is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $62,181.00 in damages founded on accusations that the customer’s account was churned and overconcentrated in stocks because of Castillero during the time that…

Eugene Arthur McAdams of Center Moriches 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 founded on findings that McAdams refused to testify for FINRA personnel who investigated whether McAdams made unsuitable recommendations to customers when he…

Dominic Anthony Tropiano of Cleveland Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with America Northcoast Securities Inc. has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative based on accusations that Tropiano effected unauthorized and unsuitable transactions in customer accounts causing customers to experience more than $1,000,000.00 in losses. SEC…

Brandon Curt Stimpson of Logan Utah a stockbroker formerly registered with Allegis Investment Services LLC has been fined $125,000.00 and barred by Utah Securities Division from being a stockbroker in the state based on allegations of Stimpson omitting and misrepresenting investment information about index options and for committing fraud when he was associated with Allegis…

Brant Christopher Ferguson of Dallas Texas a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of UBS Financial Services Inc. has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 12, 2021 in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that their account had been mismanaged during the time that…

Michael James Henschel of Stevens Point Wisconsin a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of LPL Financial LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 27, 2020 where the customer sought $13,900.00 in damages based upon allegations that they were sold a real estate investment trust (REIT) that was misrepresented…

Kishan Parikh (also known as Sean Parikh) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings of Parikh’s excessive and unsuitable trading in customer accounts resulting in losses. Department…

Adam Petersen Summers of Crown Point Indiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested compensatory damages founded on allegations that Summers made unsuitable recommendations for the customer’s account at ETrade. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)…

Kevin Edward Stokesbary of Mercer Island Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint that was resolved for $34,862.32 in damages on August 7, 2019 supported by accusations that the customer had been sold an unsuitable whole life insurance policy and variable annuity…

Nick James Polydoros of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $525,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that they had been placed into unsuitable investments because of Polydoros while he was associated with UBS…

Christopher John Shaw (also known as Chris Shaw) of Belmont North Carolina a stockbroker of Kalos Capital and investment adviser representative of Kalos Management is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested $175,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Shaw breached a fiduciary duty to the…

Jessica Y. Jung of Palo Alto California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Jung made misrepresentations regarding alternative investments that the customer purchased through her while she…

Scott Ryland Mathews of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated 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 of Mathews providing unsuitable recommendations to customers regarding unit investment trust transactions…

Jeffrey Raymond Dixson of Vancouver Washington 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 compensatory damages founded on allegations including elder abuse in regard to alternative investments that had been sold to the customer during the period that…

Nathan Gersteen Katz of Largo Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with American Independent Securities Group LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings of Katz refusing to cooperate with FINRA when he was investigated for potentially making unsuitable recommendations and effecting trades without…

Richard Paul Altieri of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Morgan Stanley has been discharged on February 11, 2021 supported by accusations of Altieri failing to report complaints and misusing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management information. Altieri has been identified in four customer initiated investment related disputes regarding allegations of his wrongdoing…

Jennifer W. Ling (also known as Jenifer W. Li) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Axiom Capital Management Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $150,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Ling provided unsuitable recommendations concerning an alternative investment that…

Nicholas Joseph Travascio III (also known as Nicholas Joseph Tarvash III) of Hurst Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 31, 2020 where the customer requested $90,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that they were provided with unsuitable investment recommendations as…

William Nicholas Athas of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation in which the regulator has determined that Department of Enforcement should pursue disciplinary action against Athas for potentially churning investor accounts and for making unsuitable investment recommendations. Case No….

Kevin Marshall McCallum of Birmingham Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been fined $25,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he provided customers with unsuitable recommendations relating to a speculative business development company. Letter of…

Christopher David Sinkula of Stuart Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Sinkula unsuitably allocated the customer in high yield securities including stocks between 2013 and 2020 while…

Chun Mei Zhu (also known as Ida Mei Zhu) of Bellevue Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with Waddell Reed is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 25, 2020 where the customer requested $26,774.00 in damages founded on allegations that they had been placed into an unsuitable Securian annuity when Zhu…

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