Robert Thomas Crothers of Holbrook, NY, a stockbroker registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $55,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Crothers made unsuitable investment recommendations, committed fraud, breached a contract, breached his fiduciary duties, and was…

Brad Richard Small of Reading, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc., was the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim that was settled for $10,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Small breached a contract in connection with the recommendation and sale of investments during the time that…

Joffre Salazar (also known as Jeff Salazar) of Staten Island New York a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Salazar forged signatures of customers on documents to effect…

Mark Lewton Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with misappropriating $1,150,000.00 from customers who held accounts at American Portfolios Financial Services. SEC v. Mark L. Hopkins Case No. 20-cv-11980 (July 24, 2020). According to the Complaint, in 2017,…

Gary Arthur Forrest of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of negligence and the breach of fiduciary duty by the stockbroker with respect to his sales of real estate securities…

Mark L. Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan, a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolio Financial Services was charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission with the theft of $1.2 million from five of his customer accounts.  United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mark L. Hopkins (E.D. Michigan). According to the Complaint, bginning…

Joffre Salazar (also known as Jeff Salazar) a stockbroker formerly employed by American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. has been discharged from employment on September 27, 2019 founded on accusations of customer documentation being impermissibly altered by Salazar. Salazar has been identified in two customer initiated investment related disputes pertaining to allegations of his misconduct. Financial…

Mark Lewton Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. is the subject of an enforcement action initiated by Michigan Corporations Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau in which the regulator is seeking sanctions against Hopkins based upon allegations that he violated Michigan Securities Act by omitting to a…

Mark Lewton Hopkins of Grand Blanc Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Hopkins failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into allegations of (1) Hopkins taking possession of…

Gary Arthur Forrest of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly employed by American Portfolio Financial Services has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Forrest engaged in unapproved private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and…

Donald Joseph Savino Jr. of Rochester New York a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC has been discharged by the firm on March 30, 2017 supported by accusations that Savino engaged in private securities transactions in violation of the firm’s policy. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that a customer filed an investment…

Daniel Lawrence Polansky of Albany New York a stockbroker employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services has been discharged by the firm on February 27, 2018 based upon allegations that Polansky executed approximately the same investment strategy for customers with various financial circumstances while effecting transactions in customers’ accounts that reflected the same investments that Polansky…

Gary Arthur Forrest of Flint Michigan is a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. who is the subject of a Notice and Order to Cease and Desist issued by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Licensing and Securities Bureau supported by accusations that Forrest offered or effected…

Ronald Benevento, of Holbrook, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolio Financial Services, Inc., has been fined and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he effected unsuitable mutual fund switches in customer accounts, and mismarked customers trades as unsolicited….

Stuart Stein, of Hauppauge, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services, LLC, was terminated from employment on August 5, 2016, based upon allegations that he mishandled information that the firm deemed private. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that on January 12, 2016, Stein was also fired by his previous…

Voigt C. Kempson, of Sparta, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Commonwealth Financial Network, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he effected unauthorized transactions in a customer’s account. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No….

Craig Gary Langweiler of Newton, Pennsylvania, a stockbroker formerly registered with Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., was named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wells Notice, which indicated that a disciplinary action against Langweiler had been recommended by FINRA. Wells Notice No. 20140403477 (May. 1, 2017). The Notice indicated that from December of 2011 to…

Jeremy T. Monte, of Fairport, New York, a stockbroker formerly registered with American Portfolios Financial Services, has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he partook in outside business activities and private securities transactions which his firm did…

Jeffrey Davidson of Stuart, Florida, a stockbroker with American Portfolio Financial Services, was suspended from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any and all capacities for three months and fined $10,000 after consenting to findings that he engaged in unsuitable mutual fund switching in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver…

John D. Wiswell of Stuart, Florida, a stockbroker with American Portfolio Financial Services, was fined $5,000 and suspended for fifteen business days from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity after consenting to findings that she failed to supervise a Stockbroker’s conduct in order to prevent unsuitable recommendations from…