According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Jerry Guttman (Guttman), operating under the d/b/a Guttman Financial Group, in November 2017, was barred from the financial industry by FINRA concerning allegations that he sold more than $7,000,000 worth of membership interests in at least six different limited liability companies to 38 customers without proper disclosure. FINRA found that Guttman participated in the sales of these membership interests by soliciting the membership interests to investors; communicating with investors about their investments; drafting, distributing, and collecting the investment agreements; collecting and depositing investors’ checks into the companies’ bank accounts; and managing the companies as one of only two managing members.
Guttman’s employer, United Planners Financial Services of America (United Planners) discharged Guttman in September 2017 alleging that Guttman offered unapproved investments.
At this time it is unclear the extent and scope of Guttman’s securities violations and outside business activites. However, Guttman’s CRD lists a number of outside business activities and companies that may be vechiles for his fundraising activities. Guttman is involved with Walled Lake Properties – a condo rental property, Serenity Management, LLC – a cemetery business, Leasing USA – commercial property rental company, Sofa Society for Financial Awareness as a consultant, Nationwide Planning & Benefits (NPB Solutions) – the marketing and sale of insurance products, Leasing USA II – a commercial property rental company, Champion Entertainment Group, LLC – a company that records TV songs, 92nd Street Holdings – a commercial property rental company, and Total Living Plan, LLC – estate planning company.