On July 28, 2022, Aegis Captial Corp agreed to settle with the United States Securities & Exchange Commission an Order Instituting Administrative and Cease-and-Desist Proceedings Pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 15(b) and 21C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Section 203(e) of the Investment Advisers Act…

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

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

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

Rosemary Teresa Vrablic of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity for allegedly refusing to respond to FINRA inquiry into her activities. Case No. 2021070117201 (October 18, 2021). FINRA Public Disclosure shows that…

Adam Ray Melville of Sherman Oaks, California, a stockbroker currently registered with Hilltop Securities Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 13, 2020, in which the customer requested $35,000.00 in damages because Melville allegedly made unauthorized trades involving municipal bonds during the time that he was associated with…

Christopher William Porter of Yalesville, Connecticut, a stockbroker currently registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested approximately $100,000.00 in damages because Porter allegedly provided unsuitable recommendations to the customer concerning alternative investments including GPB Automotive when Porter was associated…

Robin Lee Taliaferro of Solvang, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Boustead Securities LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation concerning accusations of Taliaferro’s sales practice violations at Boustead Securities as well as Sutter Securities Incorporated…

Michael Joseph Sievert (also known as Mike Sievert) of Jacksonville, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Triad Advisors LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Sievert made unsuitable recommendations in connection with real estate security transactions while he…

Michael Burton Ohlemacher of Maumee, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with WS Brokerage Services Inc., has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Ohlemacher engaged in outside business activities during the time that he was associated with WS Brokerage Services….

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

Michael J. Haffling of Orland Park, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc., is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was resolved for $13,803.26 in damages because of the alleged recommendation and sale of illiquid, risky alternative investments for the customer’s individual retirement accounts at Kalos Capital….

Ronald Terrence Molo of Joliet, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with stealing approximately $800,000.00 from customers, at least one of which included an Edward Jones customer. SEC v. Ronald T. Molo, Civil Action No. 21-cv-06286 (November 23, 2021). According to SEC’s Complaint, between…

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

Stephen Gregory Whitman (also known as Steve Whitman) of Chesterfield, Montana, a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because Whitman failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations of his sales practice violations as alleged in customer complaints….

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

Gerald Roger Dewes of East Amherst, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cadaret Grant Co. Inc., was referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which was settled for $58,000.00 in damages on September 3, 2021, based upon allegations that Dewes breached a fiduciary duty and defrauded the customer in connection with Dewes’ recommendations…

William Sideny Friedman of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Pinnacle Investments, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Friedman breached a fiduciary duty and made unauthorized trades when he was registered with Pinnacle Investments, Woodstock…

Franz Helmut Lambert II of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he effected unsuitable and excessive trades in a customer’s Worden Capital Management account. Letter…

Maziar Monshi (also known as Mazi Monshi) of Boca Raton, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA arbitration claim in which the customer requested $600,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Monshi made unsuitable, excessive, and unauthorized over-the-counter equities transactions. Financial Industry Regulatory…

Timothy Charles Williams of Tucson, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity for allegedly failing to comply with a FINRA inquiry. Case No. 2020067985001 (November 15, 2021). According to FINRA Public Disclosure, FINRA sought information from Williams in…

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

Tina Michele Bryant (also known as Tina Bryant Cooper and as Tina Rowland Bryant) of Greenville, South Carolina, a stockbroker currently registered with Truist Investment Services Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 5, 2021, in which the customer requested $21,330.03 in damages because Bryant allegedly failed to follow…

Daniel L. Bicket (also known as Dan Bicket) of Reinbeck, Iowa, a stockbroker formerly registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because he refused to cooperate with FINRA investigators regarding his indexed annuity sales and outside business activities. Letter of…

Thomas Duggan of Melville, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp, was referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $7,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Duggan made excessive and unauthorized trades while he was registered with Aegis Capital Corp. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…