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shutterstock_29356093-300x214Former Titan Securities advisor Walter Parker (Parker) has been subject to at least eight customer complaints.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In addition, in April 2018 FINRA suspended and sanctioned Parker alleging that he made investment recommendations to a customer that were not suitable given her age, risk tolerance, financial experience and liquidity. FINRA found that the customer had little prior experience investing and no experience investing in alternative investments. FINRA alleged that Parker recommended that the customer invest her funds into illiquid, alternative investments and that the customer suffered significant losses in the alternative investments. Due to her investment losses the client was forced to obtain full-time employment.

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shutterstock_187532303-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Floyd Powell (Powell), formerly associated with MML Investors Services, LLC (MML Investors) in Albertville, Alabama has been accused by at least four clients of selling fraudulent investments.

In October 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Powell, beginning in or around 2016, recommended that they invest in unregistered and fraudulent investment programs, made false representations, and failed to disclose material facts about the investments.  The customer alleged over $3.1 million in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

Also in October 2018 another customer filed a complaint alleging that Powell made inappropriate and unsuitable investment recommendations to and transactions beginning in early 2017.  The claim is currently pending.

In August 2018 another client alleged violations of securities law regarding Powell’s recommendation to invest in unregistered and fraudulent investment program in July 2016.  The claim alleges $250,000 in damages and is currently pending.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions.  Powell’s public disclosures only state that he operates his business through a DBA called Faithway Financial Solutions LLC.

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shutterstock_128856874-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Larry Templin (Templin), formerly associated with Centaurus Financial, Inc. (Centaurus) in Temple, Texas was terminated by his firm.  In May 2018, Templin was terminated on allegations of bank fraud.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and/or private securities transactions that Templin may have been involved in leading to the termination.  Templin’s disclosures state a number of OBAs including Matthews, Ludwick, Templin & Montgomery PC which is disclosed as an accounting business.  In addition, Structured Associates of Texas is listed as an annuity business.  Flagstone Advisors is listed as an insurance business.  Also 1949 Scott LLC is listed as a commercial real estate business.

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shutterstock_145123405-200x300According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Stephen Murray (Murray) has been subject to seven customer complaints, two financial disclosures or tax liens, and one regulatory action.  Murray was formerly employed by Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (Raymond James) prior to his bar from the financial industry.  Many of the customer complaints against Murray concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as churning, unauthorized trading, and unsuitable investments.

In May 2018 FINRA barred Murray after he failed to respond to FINRA’s requests for documents and information concerning his activities.

In May 2017 a customer filed a complaint alleging churning unauthorized trading, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.  The claim alleged $100,000 in damages and settled.

In addition, Murray has two financial disclosures concerning debts and tax liens.  This information has been found to be material for investors to have because an advisor who cannot manage his own finances is a relevant factor for investors to consider.  In addition, a broker in financial distress may be influenced to recommend high commission products or strategies.

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According to BrokerCshutterstock_180968000-300x200heck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Jeffrey Schwebach (Schwebach), formerly associated with Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) in Dell Rapids, South Dakota was terminated by the firm.  In June 2018 Schwebach was discharged after the firm claimed that he failed to accurately describe the nature of his outside business activities (OBAs) and also violated firm policy with regard to disclosure of customer complaint.  There are no other public disclosures on Schwebach’s record.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and if such activity included private securities transactions.  Schwebach’s public disclosures show that he has disclosed numerous OBAs including The Cartwright Bros, a landlord rental business, 50% owner of Schwebach Financial – a d/b/a company.  In addition, Schwebach has disclosed he is a radio DJ for Backyard Broadcasting, 50% owner of Dells Mini Storage, 20% owner of Schwebach Family Partnership, and instructor for a retirement course, board member of Planning Life, and a radio DJ ofr Midwest Communications, among other disclosures.

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shutterstock_183554579-300x200Presidential Brokerage, Inc. (Presidential Brokerage) advisor Jason McBride (McBride) has been subject to at least five customer complaints.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In May 2018 a client alleged that McBride made unsuitable investments, breached his fiduciary duty, was negligent, and made misrepresentations in the purchase of two REITs and a limited partnership between February 2006 and august 2008.  The complaint claims $251,317 in damages and is currently pending.

Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products, Non-Traded REITs, oil and gas offerings, equipment leasing products, and other alternative investments.  These products are almost always unsuitable for investors.  In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments which provides a perverse incentives by brokers to create an artificial market for products that no honest advisor would sell.

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shutterstock_15963142-300x200According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Clarence McGill (McGill), formerly registered with GWN Securities Inc. (GWN Securities) has been been sanctioned and barred by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  According to FINRA, McGill consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings because he refused to produce information FINRA requested in connection with its investigation of his possible participation in the unsuitable recommendations of investment products to customers.  FINRA’s statement does not include a description of how many customers were involved in the investigation or the types of products and services under inquiry.

According to McGill’s records and public disclosures he is listed as the director and president of The McGill Group which engages in insurance sales and appears to be a d/b/a for the broker.

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shutterstock_190371500-300x200Advisor Andrew Scheirer (Scheirer), currently employed by Kovack Securities, Inc. (Kovack Securities) has been subject to at least four customer complaints.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In December 2014, Scheirer’s former employer First Allied Securities Inc. (First Allied) terminated Scheirer alleging that he did not follow the firm’s procedures concerning an arbitration that had been filed by a customer.

In May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging unsuitable investment recommendations, misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.  The claim alleged $100,001 in damages and settled for $40,000.

In March 2016 a customer filed a complaint alleging that in approximately 2007 the broker recommended various unsuitable private equity products. The claim alleged breach of contract, material omission, fraud, unsuitability, control person liability, and failure to supervise.  The claim alleged $200,000 in damages and settled for $30,000.

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shutterstock_160486019-300x300According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Eric Stuckey (Stuckey), currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Ameriprise) has been subject to five customer complaints and two liens.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), most of a Stuckey’s customer complaints allege that Stuckey made unsuitable recommendations in different investments including variable annuities and energy stocks.

In May 2018 a customer alleged the broker recommended unsuitable investments, misrepresented features of the investments and failed to disclose risks in the investments causing $220,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

In January 2018 a customer alleged that the broker placed them in high risk funds which are not suitable causing $79,000 in damages.  The claim was settled for $25,000.

shutterstock_183544004-300x200Money Concepts Capital Corp (Money Concepts) advisor Ray Reese (Reese) has been subject to at least three customer complaints.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern variable annuities or alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In May 2018 a client alleged that Reese misrepresented the product as they were not informed it was not publicly traded and therefore illiquid.  The client alleged damages of $75,000 and the complaint was denied by the firm.

In May 2018 another client filed a dispute alleging unsuitability, negligence, breach of contract, and breaches of Missouri statutes in connection with the loss of assets they deposited for a whole life insurance policy.  The claim is currently pending and seeks $650,000 in damages.

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