Articles Tagged with Garden State Securities

shutterstock_20354401Our investment attorneys are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Matthew Fleissner (Fleissner) currently associated with National Securities Corporation (National Securities) alleging unauthorized trading and excessive fees and commissions among other claims.  According to brokercheck records Fleissner has been subject to two customer complaints and one criminal matter.

The type of claims being made against Fleissner are often associated with claims of excessive trading or churning.  When brokers engage in excessive trading the broker will typically trade in and out of securities, sometimes even the same stock, many times over a short period of time.  Often times the account will completely “turnover” every month with different securities.  Many brokers who engage in churning will not take the time to explain to the investor the exact reasons for the transactions and will provide vague and general responses to requests for information such as this is the strategy we are pursuing.

Churning investment trading activity in a client’s account serves no reasonable purpose for the investor and is engaged in only to profit the broker through the generation of commissions.  Churning is considered a type of securities fraud.  The elements of the claim are excessive transactions of securities, broker control over the account, and intent to defraud the investor by obtaining unlawful commissions.  A similar claim, excessive trading, under FINRA’s suitability rule involves just the first two elements.  Certain commonly used measures and ratios used to determine churning help evaluate a churning claim.  These ratios look at how frequently the account is turned over plus whether or not the expenses incurred in the account made it unreasonable that the investor could reasonably profit from the activity.

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shutterstock_170709014The securities fraud attorneys of Gana LLP are investigating potential recovery options for investors with broker Glenn King (King). Recently The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) brought an enforcement action (FINRA No. 2015044444801). In addition, to the FINRA complaint, King’s BrokerCheck disclosures reveal an astonishing number of reported incidents including 1 investigation, 19 customer complaints, 1 firm termination, 2 financial disclosures – which includes a bankruptcy filing, and 1 judgement or lien.

The FINRA complaint alleges that from April 2008 through March 2011, while King was associated with brokerage firm Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. (Royal Alliance), King made fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions to seven Royal Alliance customers in connection with the sale of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). FINRA found that King misrepresented to the customers that he would use their investment funds to purchase safe, no-risk bonds, and that King would not charge fees or commissions for the transactions. ln reality, King was alleged to have purchased 44 UITs that resulted in approximately $17,000 in realized losses to the customers, approximately $43,000 in unrealized losses, and approximately $38,000 in commissions to King.

FINRA also alleged that from January 2013 through December 2014, while King was associated with Buckman, Buckman & Reid (BBR), King engaged in a pattern of short-term trading in long-term investment products in the accounts of four customers. FINRA alleged that the pattern of trading was excessive and unsuitable, and resulted in approximately $163,000 in losses to the customers while profiting King by generating commissions of approximately $210,000.

Finally, FINRA alleged that from January 2013 through December 2014, King exercised discretion in the accounts of four BBR customers without their written authority or the approval of his brokerage firm to conduct the trading.

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shutterstock_102217105According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker David Persaud (Persaud) a/k/a Dwarka Persaud has been the subject of at least 5 customer complaints and one regulatory action over the course of his career. Customers have filed complaints against Persaud alleging a litany of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, unauthorized trades, breach of fiduciary duty, and churning among other claims.  Two of these customer complaints were filed recently.

An examination of Persaud’s employment history reveals that Persaud moves from troubled firm to troubled firm. The pattern of brokers moving in this way is sometimes called “cockroaching” within the industry. See More Than 5,000 Stockbrokers From Expelled Firms Still Selling Securities, The Wall Street Journal, (Oct. 4, 2013). In Persaud’s 28 year career he has worked at 21 different firms.

Since 2008 Persaud has been registered with The Concord Equity Group, LLC, Andrew Garrett Inc., Garden State Securities, Inc., and since May 2015, Buckman, Buckman & Reid, Inc.

shutterstock_184430612The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a complaint against broker Darnell Deans (Deans) concerning allegations that while associated with Garden State Securities, Inc. (GSS), Deans willfully failed to amend his Form U4 documents to disclose three unsatisfied federal tax liens totaling approximately $254,995. FINRA also alleged that from in or about April 2011, through August 2011, Deans borrowed a total of $266,000 from two customers of the firm without seeking or obtaining the firm’s approval for the loans. In addition, FINRA alleged that in November 2011, Deans falsely represented to GSS in an Annual Attestation that he had not borrowed money from customers. Thereafter, in January 2012, FINRA alleged that Deans failed to disclose to GSS the extent of funds borrowed from two customers.

In January 1992, Deans first became registered with FINRA. From January 2005, through November 26, 2013, Deans was registered through GSS. On November 26, 2013, GSS filed a Form U5 terminating Deans’ registration stating that Deans was terminated due to management’s loss of confidence due to ongoing regulatory issues. Thereafter, Deans was associated with John Carris Investments LLC until June 2014. Currently, Deans is associated with brokerage firm BlackBook Capital LLC.

In addition to FINRA’s recent action, Deans has had three other regulatory actions filed against him, at least three customer complaints, and has one judgment and tax lien on record. These statistics are troubling because so many customer complaints, regulatory actions, and liens are rare. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. These disclosures do not necessarily have to include customer complaints but can include IRS tax liens, judgments, and even criminal matters. The number of brokers with multiple customer complaints is far smaller.

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