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 Anthony Simone of Irvine, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Equitable Advisors LLC (formerly known as AXA), is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 30, 2021, where the customer requested compensatory damages supported by accusations that Simone did not pay them back on a loan Simone received while registered…

Daniel James Lauletta of Cleveland, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services LLC, is the subject of an Arkansas Securities Department regulatory investigation in which the Department might file a complaint seeking revocation, administrative fines, and a cease and desist order against Lauletta based upon allegations that Lauletta potentially violated Arkansas Securities Act…

Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services, a securities broker-dealer headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been censured and fined $100,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based in part on findings that it recommended unsuitable options to a customer and failed to supervise options trading in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2018057425202…

IBN Financial Services Inc., a securities broker-dealer headquartered in Liverpool, New York, has been censured and fined $45,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by findings that IBN negligently omitted information to customers in connection with GPB Capital Offerings. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2019061214401 (April 14, 2022). According to the AWC,…

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 which was settled for $8,500.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable trading and private securities transactions by Levine while he was employed by Morgan Stanley. Financial Industry…

Janie Garza-Clark of Scottsdale, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with TCFG Wealth Management LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Garza-Clark failed to testify in an investigation relating to allegations of her activities with a customer during the time that Garza-Clark…

Bruce Cameron Amman of Golden, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Amman engaged in private securities transactions during the time that he was employed by LPL Financial. Letter of…

Steven Andrew Greer of Charlotte, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with GF Investment Services LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related civil lawsuit where the customer requested $25,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable recommendations by Greer concerning direct participation programs, business development corporations, real estate securities, and fixed annuities during…

Shawn Edward Good of Wilmington, North Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with operating a Ponzi scheme causing $2,000,000.00 in losses to investors. SEC v. Shawn Good, Case No. 7:22-cv-00060 (April 18, 2022). According to the Complaint, between December 2012 and February of 2022,…

Michael William Leahy of Red Bank, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial Company LLC, is named in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $2,842,976.79 in damages based on Leahy being found liable for sales practice violations. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration…

Doan Cong Nguyen of Vancouver, British Columbia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James (USA) Ltd., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he did not comply with FINRA while under investigation for an undisclosed outside business activity while registered with Raymond…

Adam Gerard Belardino of Elmsford, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $13,431.00 on December 21, 2021, founded on accusations that unsuitable real estate investment trusts were sold to the customer by Belardino during the time that…

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…

Samuel Girgiss of New York, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with Worden Capital Management, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon accusations of excessive trading, unsuitable trading, and failure to supervise by Worden Capital Management. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)…

Philip Anthony Riposo of Cave Creek, Arizona, a stockbroker formerly registered with United Planners’ Financial Services of America, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation concerning allegations of his creation of fake account statements…

Clifford Ronald Reid of New York, New York, a stockbroker currently registered with Reid Rudiger LLC, is identified in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $21,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Reid breached a fiduciary duty to the customer in reference to stock and over-the-counter equities trades…

John Scott Winslow of Gig Harbor, Washington, a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Winslow failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation concerning accusations of his failure to return funds provided to him from an…

Samuel Ray Head of Seneca, South Carolina, a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $60,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of unsuitable trading by Head relating to a closed-end fund while Head was associated with Voya Financial…

Jonathan Adam Stuffer (also known as Jon Stuffer) of Staten Island, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with JP Morgan Securities LLC, 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 during the time that it investigated his…

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…

Ryan James Ott of Woodbridge, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Equitable Advisors LLC, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s request for information. Case No. 2020068564201 (November 1, 2021). According to FINRA Public Disclosure,…

Chad Mackland of Council Bluff, Iowa, a stockbroker formerly registered with Lion Street Financial and MML Investors Services, has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or an investment adviser representative supported by findings of Mackland pleading guilty to a charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct. Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings File…

Christopher John Passero of Hurricane, West Virginia, a stockbroker currently registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for three months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Passero shared in customers’ losses when he was registered with Money Concepts Capital…