Brent Devon Hablutzel of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a stockbroker formerly registered with Rockefeller Financial LLC, has been discharged as a stockbroker on July 5, 2022, based upon allegations that Hablutzel made transactions without authorization and had failed to be forthcoming when he was internally investigated by the securities broker dealer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)…

Stephen Patrick Tosha of Dallas, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on February 25, 2022, in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon allegations that Tosha engaged in unauthorized trading in connection with the sale of foreign securities…

Ernest Grey Frerking (also known as Ernie Frerking) of Austin, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, has been barred from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity based upon allegations that Frerking failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2020067267701 (Aug….

Richard Aloysius Hogan of San Francisco, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, has been fines and suspended by FINRA for the unapproved sale or referral of a customer to a hedge fund.  Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2019064715701. According to the AWC, from October 2017 to August…

Doug Marshall McKelvey of Southlake, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley, has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that McKelvey refused to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of McKelvey’s possible misappropriation and unauthorized transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and…

Conrad Kenneth Branson of Mill Valley, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for 45 days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity because of Branson’s unauthorized trading in customer accounts during the time that he was associated…

Patrick James Dwyer of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer sought $600,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Dwyer made unsuitable recommendations and misrepresentations in connection with the recommendation and sale of options during…

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…

Gary Begnaud of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith, is identified in a  FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer seeks unknown compensatory damages based upon the alleged unauthorized trading of mutual funds some two years earlier in 2020 while Begnaud was associated with Merrill Lynch….

Heather Peterson Weber (also known as Heather Adrienne Weber) of Clearwater, Florida, a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $125,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Weber made misrepresentations and provided unsuitable investment recommendations during…

Bradford Eric Bugher, of Wilmington, Delaware, a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations of Bugher’s failure to “follow instructions” relating to the customer’s common and stock transactions between November…

Joshua David Nicholas, of Stuart, Florida, 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 Nicholas converted a customer’s funds when he was associated with Merrill Lynch. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent…

William Walter LeBoeuf (also known as Bill LeBoeuf), of Beavercreek, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc., has been fined $12,500.00 and suspended for twelve months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he engaged…

Alexander Steven Batt, of Vero Beach, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint that was settled for $51,678.00 in damages on January 21, 2020, founded on accusations of unauthorized trading involving a private equity fund when Batt was associated with Merrill…

Steven Michael Richardson, of Walnut Creek, California, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $320,000.00 in damages on October 11, 2019, based upon accusations of Richardson’s excessive trading of exchange-traded funds for the customer’s account while…

Hector J. Gonzalez (also known as Hector Gonzalez Colon) of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim where the customer requested $3,000,000.00 in damages founded upon accusations of Gonzalez misrepresenting municipal bonds when he was registered with…

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…

Joseph Ijong Chu of Stamford Connecticut a stockbroker currently registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim in which the customer sought $1,000,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that unsuitable energy securities were recommended by Chu when he was associated with RBC Capital Markets….

Scott Geoffrey Madison of Riverhead New York 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 supported by findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into why Merrill Lynch terminated his registration as stockbroker. Letter…

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…

Cristiano Tempo Castellini of Beverly Hills California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 9, 2021 in which the customer requested compensatory damages based upon accusations that Castellini effected unauthorized trades in the customer’s account during the period that…

Christopher Lee Hibbard (also known as Chris Hibbard) of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred as stockbroker and as investment adviser representative according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order based on findings of Hibbard committing fraud. In the Matter of Christopher Lee Hibbard…

Kelly Wayne Feehrer of Chattanooga Tennessee 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 that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers in reference to unit investment trust…

Gary Begnaud of Mount Laurel New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 3, 2020 in which the customer alleged that Begnaud effected unauthorized mutual fund trades between March 22, 2020 and March 23, 2020 resulting in…

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…

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated a securities broker dealer headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $3,250,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that Merrill Lynch failed to supervise its stockbrokers’ recommendations of unit investment trusts resulting in customers being overcharged on UIT transactions. Letter of Acceptance…

Joel Lansat of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 9, 2020 in which the customer sought compensatory damages based upon accusations that unauthorized trades were effected in the customer’s Merrill Lynch investment account…

Marcus E. Boggs of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was resolved for $44,731.77 in damages on October 21, 2020 founded on accusations of “unauthorized charges” in the customer’s account during the time that Boggs…

Jeffrey William Fitz of Short Hills New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 5, 2020 where the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer by Fitz concerning investment…

Charles Ernest Kenahan of Boston Massachusetts 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 cooperate with FINRA investigators regarding his sales practices. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

Debra Rae Lambert of The Villages Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith is the subject of a customer initiated investment related FINRA securities arbitration claim which was settled for $42,500.00 in damages supported by accusations that misrepresentations had been made by the stockbroker and that her investment recommendations were not…

Tyler Dean Delahunt of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that he failed to provide documents and information to FINRA when it investigated him for outside business activities and private securities transactions. Letter…

Rawad Roy Alame (also known as Roy Rawad Alame) of Raleigh North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings of Alame selling away when he…

Frank Howard Zito of Ridgeland Mississippi a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for 16 months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Zito engaged in private securities transactions and outside business activities while registered with…

Francisco Javier Valenzuela of Tucson Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable and that misrepresentations had been made by…

Charles Ernest Kenahan of Boston Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been barred by New Hampshire Department of State Bureau of Securities Regulation founded on accusations of Kenahan making unsuitable investment recommendations to a customer of Merrill Lynch. Consent Order No. COM2019-000 (Dec. 7, 2020). According to the Order,…

Roberto Alejandro Fernandez of Miami Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $160,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer received unsuitable investment advice and had been sold government debt investments that were misrepresented. Financial…

John Patrick Donnelly of Houston Texas a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch is referenced in an investment related civil action in which unspecified damages were alleged supported by accusations of Donnelly failing to adjust the customer’s retirement account resulting in unintended beneficiaries receiving assets from a customer’s Merrill Lynch account. Civil Action No. 477195-401…

Mark David Yadron (also known as Mark Lynn Yoder) of Prescott Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 2, 2020 in which the customer sought unspecified damages supported by allegations that investment recommendations made by Yadron at Merrill…

Douglas William Stopkey of Richmond Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on findings that he effected unauthorized trades in customer accounts while registered with Merrill Lynch. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No….

Kevin Joseph Schaefer of San Francisco California a stockbroker and investment adviser representative of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of Schaefer making misrepresentations and providing unsuitable investment advice with respect to the…

Giustino DeStefano (also known as Justin Antonio DeStefano) of Williamsville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch and Securities America is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $485,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of elder abuse and the violation of California Securities Act. Financial Industry…

Jose Giraldo (also known as Tomas Giraldo) of Chula Vista California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Giraldo neglected to cooperate with FINRA’s request for his information following the point in…

Christopher Allan Swan of Irving Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with BBT Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the District Court of Dallas County Texas in which the customer requested $23,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that 529 accounts and other custodial accounts had been set…

Sylvester Knox of Short Hills New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Knox engaged in unauthorized trades in Merrill Lynch customer accounts. Letter of…

Omar Waleed Hammad-Randolph of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Hammad-Randolph borrowed from a customer of the securities broker dealer without…

Kurt Anthony Stein of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities Corporation has been identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $35,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations were made to the customer by Stein concerning direct participation program interests or limited partnership interests…

Scott Geoffrey Madison of Riverhead New York a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith has been identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $600,000.00 damages founded on accusations that between December 27, 2017 and September of 2019, over-the-counter equities recommendations failed to be suitable for the…

Jacquin P. Fink of New York New York a stockbroker formerly associated with Merrill Lynch has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $43,434.00 in damages supported by allegations that common and preferred stock recommendations failed to be suitable during the period in which Fink was employed…

Cynthia Ann Perry of Salisbury Maryland a stockbroker formerly associated with Merrill Lynch 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 that she altered signed Merrill Lynch customer documents to create accounts and effect transactions. Letter of Acceptance…

Juan Guillermo Herrans Barreras of Miami Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $800,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer regarding mutual funds and that the customer…

Cristiano Tempo Castellini of Beverly Hills California a stockbroker currently associated with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 16, 2020 in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that the customer’s instructions had not been followed by the stockbroker between…

Merrill Lynch a securities broker dealer headquartered in New York New York has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) founded on findings that Merrill Lynch overcharged customers on mutual fund transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017053494401 (June 4, 2020). According to the AWC, between April of 2011 and April of…

Richard Sica of Ridgefield Connecticut a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 30, 2020 in which the customer requested unspecified damages based upon allegations that the customer’s investment instructions were not followed by Sica in March of 2020…

Bernard George Adair (also known as Bernie Adair) of Old Greenwich Connecticut a stockbroker employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $550,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations were made about investing and that the customer had been…

Marcus E. Boggs of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative or associating with securities broker dealers or investment advisories based upon a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order based upon allegations of Boggs stealing $1.7 million investor funds….

Hector J. Gonzalez (also known as Hector Gonzales Colon) of Miami Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been identified in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $3,000,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) investment recommendations were unsuitable in view of the customer’s…

Mark David Yadron (also known as Mark Lynn Yoder) of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently associated with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on September 24, 2019 in which the customer requested $129,584.00 in damages supported by allegations that in November of 2018, unsuitable investment…

Zachary Scott Wagner of Gilbert Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with OneAmerica Securities Inc. and Merrill Lynch has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by findings that Wagner failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into allegations of his (1) engagement in outside business activities…

  Christopher Lee Hibbard (also known as Chris Hibbard) of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which has been resolved on October 24, 2019 for $175,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer was poorly advised…

Johnathan Rankin of Dallas Texas a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been terminated by the securities broker dealer on September 18, 2019 based upon allegations that the stockbroker violated the securities broker dealer’s policies and procedures because he solicited investments without authorization and had failed to comply with Merrill Lynch’s…

Dario Alberto Ochoa of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $210,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) investment recommendations made by the stockbroker were unsuitable for the customer in view of the customer’s…

James Robert Schaedler Jr. of Anaheim California a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. and Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $964,872.23 in damages based upon accusations that funds provided to Schaedler for the customer’s mutual fund…

David Robert Feigelman of Stowe Vermont a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on February 16, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by accusations that unauthorized exchange traded fund trades were effected in the customer’s Merrill Lynch…

Frank Howard Zito of Ridgeland Mississippi a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been sanctioned by the Office of the Mississippi Secretary of State Securities Division according to a Consent Order containing findings that (1) Zito engaged in private securities transactions during the time that he was associated with Merrill…

Christopher Charles Hellman of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $187,672.90 on June 12, 2019 based upon accusations that between July 3, 2018 and September 19, 2018, misrepresentations had been made by the stockbroker concerning the…

Christopher Allan Swan of Marble Falls Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on July 30, 2019 where the customer requested $16,571.62 in damages founded on allegations that the customer’s investment instructions failed to be followed as it pertained to…

Arturo Rexach Mundo of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $7,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made concerning government debt investments and (2) investment recommendations made by the…

Michael Frank Greenstone of Palm Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $5,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that between 2013 and 2019, the customer had been placed into unit investment trust and equity products which…

Timothy Revell Roberson of Brentwood Tennessee a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 14, 2019 in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that unfounded statements had been made by Roberson in December of 2018 with…

Ma Rosa Linan Abrego (also known as Marosa Linan) of McAllen Texas 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 supported by findings that Abrego refused to comply with FINRA’s requests while being investigated for allegedly…

Robert Thomas Steck of Great Neck New York a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $160,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that fees relating to over-the-counter equities transactions had not been disclosed (2) misrepresentations were made…

Charles Ernest Kenahan of Boston Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been discharged by the securities broker dealer on July 9, 2019 supported by accusations that (1) unauthorized trades were executed in a customer’s account by Kenahan (2) investment recommendations made by the stockbroker failed to be suitable…

Richard Bruce Sladek (also known as Dick Sladek) of Coeur D’Alene Idaho a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages founded on accusations of false or misleading statements in regard to real estate securities or investments…

Christopher David Sadaka of Jupiter Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by accusations that between May of 2014 and March of 2017: (1) false or misleading statements had been made concerning oil…

Edward Louis Barger of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $92,500.00 in damages based upon accusations of the customer being sold bad over-the-counter equities, closed-end funds and common and preferred stocks. FINRA Arbitration No. 17-02301 (Oct. 23,…

Jedediah Elvin Dahl of Knoxville Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon Dahl’s consent to findings that he made false or misleading statements in regard to investments offered to…

Lorenzo C. Esteva of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $225,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) omissions and unfounded statements had been made to the customer concerning the terms and conditions…

Fred Ronald Brown Jr. of Montgomery Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been fined $12,500.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity based upon allegations that (1) Brown took possession of customers’ funds through an unapproved customer loan arrangement and (2)…

Patrick Neal Foley of Ontario California a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Foley failed to cooperate with FINRA during an investigation into accusations of Foley taking possession of…

Fred Ronald Brown Jr. of Montgomery Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which had been resolved for $55,000.00 on January 8, 2018 founded on allegations that the customer was solicited for purposes of a loan where the customer’s…

Kyung Soo Kim of Katy Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. 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 Kim engaged in outside business activities without having notified Merrill Lynch during the…

Michael Ross Highfill of Ridgeland Mississippi a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which was resolved on June 22, 2016 for $215,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Highfill inappropriately steered the customer towards loaning Highfill funds in connection with an…

Steven Michael Richardson of Walnut Creek California a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 11, 2019 in which the customer requested unspecified damages based upon accusations that between January 1, 2018 and June 7, 2018, excessive exchange traded fund…

Michael Milad Tanha (also known as Mikey Tanha) of Beverly Hills California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Tanha engaged in…

Michael John Ahearn of Yardley Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Ahearn lied to FINRA during the course of a FINRA investigation…

Derek David Rosenberg of Las Vegas Nevada a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $70,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning municipal debt investments selected for the customer’s account…

Jacquin P. Fink of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $3,581,198.00 in damages supported by accusations of bad investment recommendations being made to the customer concerning (1) over-the-counter equities (2)…

John Joseph Birkhauser of Lake Forest Illinois a stockstockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $10,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made concerning the terms or risks of the limited partnership interests sold…

Bradford E. Bugher of Wilmington Delaware a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 19, 2018 where the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that between November 19, 2018 and December 19, 2018, while Bugher was associated with Merrill…

Gregory Dehrmann Miseyko of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker associated with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on January 14, 2019 to resolve accusations that the customer’s assets were placed in inappropriate investments within the customer’s managed accounts. Financial Industry Regulatory…

Jonathan Rafe Rankin (also known as Jonathan Rafe Ranlein) a stockbroker and supervisor currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 8, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that misrepresentations and omissions had…

Menard Sanford Schwartz of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $61,883.00 on January 10, 2017 founded on accusations that investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable concerning over-the-counter equities held in their…

Raj Sharma of Boston Massachusetts a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $70,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions had been made to the customer from January of 2012 to January…

William Bruckner of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch 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 Bruckner mismarked customer order tickets by claiming that the transactions were not solicited when they were actually solicited by…

Bhenoy Dembla (also known as Ben Dembla) of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Dembla violated the firm’s mutual fund policies by entering and cancelling fake…

Adriane L Cagle of Peachtree City Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Cagle altered customer account documents without authorization. Letter of…

Joseph Bert Feldman of Virginia Beach Virginia 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 based upon consenting to findings that he misrepresented his involvement in a customer’s trust specifically…

Kai Chong Cheng of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. and investment adviser representative and president of Affinity Capital Management LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five years from registering as an investment advisor according to a New Jersey Bureau of Securities Administrative Consent…

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $300,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise a registered representative who defrauded a customer of the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent…

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