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Joseph Andreoli Jr is a Financial advisor. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mr. Andreoli Jr holds a Bachelor of Science in business. In 1987 he started his professional career at Hym Financial, INC for a year and proceeded further on his path to work for many firms such as J.B. Hanaur & Company, Smith Barney Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC and is currently working for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Mr. Andreoli was in the securities industry for approximately 33 years.

A brokerage firm or broker-dealer is in the business of buying and selling securities- stocks, bonds, mutual funds and certain other investment products on behalf of its customer for its own bank. An investment adviser is paid for providing advice about securities to clients. In addition, some investment advisers manage investment portfolios and offer financial planning services. Mr. Andreoli Jr is licensed to sell securities in 17 states.

In or around July of 2000, Mr. Andreoli Jr had his first dispute, the allegations against him consisted of the unsuitable sale of securities, negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, violation of industry rules, federal securities laws, and various Texas state law statutes regarding trading of treasury bonds on margin for capital gains for a requested amount of $196,275.88. The unsuitable sale of securities occurs when a broker fails to take into account customer specific information in making a recommendation. Negligence is the failure to take proper care or carelessness. Breach of contract is the breaking of legal agreement. A breach of fiduciary duty occurs when the fiduciary acts in the interest of themselves, rather than the best returns for the client. Fraud is an intentional act to deceive for personal gain. At the conclusion of the case, the Claimant in this matter was awarded $56,555 by an arbitration panel.

Gregory P. Washington (CRD # 5420613) is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Washington, DC. Gregory Washington has 10 years of experience and started in the securities industry in 2009 and has previously worked for such companies as Aegis Capital Corp, Spartan Capital Securities and Maxim Group.

In March of 2011 Mr. Washington was part of a civil judgement which resulted in a tax lien of $57,739 and in August of 2007 he had a civil lien for $1,612.64. His criminal record consists of one count Petit Larceny which is a class A misdemeanor, Disorderly conduct which came with a $250 fine and a $100 surcharge fee.

In September of 2018, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released information about a dispute between Mr. Washington and one of his clients in the sum of just over $6.5 million dollars. Investor allegations include claims of churning, unsuitable investments, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duties. All of this information can be found on Finra.org/brokercheck. A $6.5 million claim is very significant and the types of claims presented are discussed below.

shutterstock_85873471-300x200Advisor Kenneth Barroga (Barroga), currently employed by Crown Capital Securities, L.P. (Crown Capital) has been subject to at least five customer complaints during the course of his career.  According to a BrokerCheck report most of these customer complaints appears to concern unsuitable investments in alternative investments.  These allegations may also concern investments in GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) related investments.  Crown Capital is known to have approved their brokers to sell GPB Capital to their clients.

GPB Capital is facing multiple accusations of being a Ponzi scheme, an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FBI investigations, and even GPB’s chief compliance officer being indicted for illegally obtaining information on the SEC’s investigation.  Now even Volkswagen and Toyota are threatening to pull the plug on GPB Capital auto dealerships.  While advisors have been telling investors to do absolutely nothing and just hang in there – this is nothing more than just additional poor advice.  In November 2019 GPB Capital’s admitted that no financial audit would occur anytime in the near future.  The firm has admitted that it has never been profitable and has merely returned investor capital in the past in order to fake a successful business model.  In sum, investors now know there is nothing to hang onto.  By the day, advisor recommendations to do nothing appear to be completely self-serving, out of the loop, and not in the interest of the investor.

In June 2020 a customer complained that Barroga violated the securities laws by alleging that Barroga engaged in sales practice violations related to lack of suitability, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and omissions of material facts and lack of due diligence in connection with transactions in alternative investment products. The claim alleges $180,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In November 2018 a customer complained that Barroga violated the securities laws by alleging that Barroga engaged in sales practice violations related to misrepresentations concerning REITs and unsuitable investments in alternative investments.  The claim alleges $250,000 in damages and resolved for $160,097.69 with another party settling for $40,000.

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shutterstock_54642700-300x200The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that financial advisor Kerri Jamison (Jamison), currently employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation (Newbridge Securities) has been subject to at least four customer complaints during the course of her career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Jamison’s customer complaints alleges that Jamison recommended unsuitable investments in various investments including allegations involving energy securities and alternative investments among other allegations of misconduct relating to the handling of their accounts.  Jamison also hold herself out as an estate planning attorney and real estate agent.

In April 2020 a customer complained that Jamison violated the securities laws by alleging that Jamison engaged in negligent investment advice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.  The claim alleges $99,0000 in damages and is currently pending.

In February 2020 a customer complained that Jamison violated the securities laws by alleging that Jamison engaged in unsuitable investment advice, breach of fiduciary duty, and material misrepresentations.  The claim alleges $200,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In January 2020 a customer complained that Jamison violated the securities laws by alleging that Jamison engaged in negligent investment advice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.  The claim alleges $99,000 in damages and is currently pending.

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shutterstock_173864537-300x200Advisor Darrin Cohn (Cohn), currently employed by Triad Advisors LLC (Triad Advisors) has been subject to at least two customer complaints during the course of his career.  According to a BrokerCheck report these customer complaints appears to concern unsuitable investments in alternative investments.  These allegations may also concern investments in GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) related investments.  Triad Advisors are known to have approved their brokers to sell GPB Capital to their clients.

GPB Capital is facing multiple accusations of being a Ponzi scheme, an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FBI investigations, and even GPB’s chief compliance officer being indicted for illegally obtaining information on the SEC’s investigation.  Now even Volkswagen and Toyota are threatening to pull the plug on GPB Capital auto dealerships.  While advisors have been telling investors to do absolutely nothing and just hang in there – this is nothing more than just additional poor advice.  In November 2019 GPB Capital’s admitted that no financial audit would occur anytime in the near future.  The firm has admitted that it has never been profitable and has merely returned investor capital in the past in order to fake a successful business model.  In sum, investors now know there is nothing to hang onto.  By the day, advisor recommendations to do nothing appear to be completely self-serving, out of the loop, and not in the interest of the investor.

In March 2020 a customer complained that Cohn violated the securities laws by alleging that Cohn engaged in sales practice violations related to unsuitable investments in alternative investments.  The claim alleges $400,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In March 2020 a customer complained that Cohn violated the securities laws by alleging that Cohn engaged in sales practice violations related to unsuitable investments in multiple alternative investments.  The claim alleges $200,000 in damages and is currently pending.

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shutterstock_179465345-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Martin Noonan Jr. (Noonan), formerly associated with BMA Securities, LLC (BMA Securities), has been subject to at least one customer complaint, one regulatory action, and eight judgement or liens during his career.  The complaint against Noonan concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as churning or excessive trading among other securities laws violations.

In November 2018 a customer complained that Noonan violated the securities laws by alleging that Noonan engaged in sales practice violations related to account mismanagement or that the account representative engaged in unsuitable or excessive trading.  The claim is currently pending and seeks $250,000 in damages.

In May 2020 FINRA barred Noonan after the broker consented to sanctions and to findings that he refused to produce information or documents requested by FINRA during an investigation that it began after reviewing a Dispute Resolution Statement of Claim filed alleging unsuitable and excessive trading in a client account.  Accordingly, Noonan was automatically barred from the securities industry.

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shutterstock_171721244-300x200The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Nicholas Palumbo (Palumbo) has been accused by his former employer, Park Avenue Securities LLC (Park Avenue), of engaging in undisclosed outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Palumbo was employed by Park Avenue through April 2020 when the firm permitted him to resign over these allegations.  If you have been a victim of Palumbo’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

Park Avenue’s disclose states that Palumbo was “permitted to resign while under investigation for failure to disclose an unapproved private securities transaction and soliciting clients to invest in same.”

According to Palumbo’s BrokerCheck he has several disclosed OBAs.  It is currently unknown if any of these OBAs had any involvement with Park Avenue’s allegations.  The disclosed OBAs include Empowered Mastery Consultants, Children’s Health & Research Foundation, You Have Infinite Power – a book Palumbo co-authored –, and his securities d/b/a Truvium Financial Group.

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shutterstock_73854277-300x200The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have lost millions in  are investigating investor losses in Franklin Square Energy & Power Fund (FS Energy & Power) a business development company (BDC).  When our firm first reported on this fund back in 2018 the FS Energy & Power fund was priced at $5.12 per share based on a tender offer down from its $10 offering.  Now secondary market sources price FS Energy & Power at $1.10 while the sponsor claims the fund is worth $3.32.  Oftentimes the sponsor value significantly lags the secondary market value.

According to the firm’s website, FS Energy is designed to provide income and growth. It invests primarily in the debt and, to a lesser extent, equity securities of private U.S. energy and power companies.

Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products (DPPs), private placements, Non-Traded REITs, and other alternative investments.  These products are almost always unsuitable for middle class investors.  In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments providing perverse incentives for brokers to sell high risk and low reward investments.

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shutterstock_133513469-300x200The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have lost millions investing in American Realty Capital New York City REIT (ARC New York REIT, New York City REIT, or NYC REIT) (Ticker Symbol: NYC) a non-traded real estate investment trust (Non-Traded REIT) that recently went public.

Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products (DPPs), private placements, Non-Traded REITs, and other alternative investments.  These products are almost always unsuitable for middle class investors.  In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments providing perverse incentives for brokers to sell high risk and low reward investments.

In 2018 NYC REIT ceased making distributions.  However, the REIT continued to tell investors that the investment was worth at least $20.26 a share on their initial $25 per share price investment while secondary market sources were projected massive losses.  In early 2020 NYC REIT announced that it would go public.  REIT investors would realize shares subject to a 2.43-to-1 reverse stock split.  Thereafter, 75% of client funds would be converted into Class B shares which could not be sold and would remain illiquid.  NYC REIT told investors that by the end of the first listing year all Class B shares would be converted into Class A shares which could be sold on the market.

Once NYC REIT went public and the true value of NYC REIT was revealed investors lost a significant portion of their investment seemingly overnight.  At the initial public offering (“IPO”), NYC REIT lost almost 44% of its value in that first trading session.  By the end of October 2020 NYC REIT had lost over 63% of its initial public offering price.  Investors in NYC REIT have suffered losses of approximately 85% of their initial investment in the Non-Traded REIT and still cannot liquidate the majority of their investment.

As a law firm that represents investors, we have watched the same story as NYC REIT play out over and over again where real estate and other assets are touted as safe and reliable investments only to realize significant losses when the true value is revealed.

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shutterstock_173509961-300x200Investment Advisor, Brooklynn Chandler Willy, currently registered at Queen B. Advisors, LLC. is currently facing a one-year suspension of her investment advisor license in connection with the sale of unsuitable and unregistered alternative investments.

According to a news source, between 2013 and 2019, Willy’s practice sold approximately $43.5 million worth of unsuitable and unregistered alternative investments to clients. As a result of these transactions, Willy was sanctioned by the Texas State Securities Board

On October 16, 2020, the Texas State Securities Board issued a disciplinary order stating “Respondent Willy’s registration with the Securities Commissioner is suspended for one (1) year and Respondents are ordered to comply with the terms of an undertaking wherein Respondents undertake and agree to pay back $2,750,500 to all clients to whom Respondent Willy sold the alternative investments, and to certain limitations on their registrations.”

Moreover, an SEC IADP report states that in October 2019, Willy was discharged from her previous investment advisor position at , J. W. Cole Advisors, Inc., for violating the firm’s policies regarding participation in unapproved private securities transactions. Additionally, the report discloses a tax lien against Willy from July 2018, of approximately $50,000.

Large tax liens on a broker’s CRD can be a red flag that the broker may be influenced to engage in high commission activity in order to satisfy personal debts.  The SEC discloses information concerning a broker’s financial condition because a broker’s inability to handle their own personal finances has also been found to be material information in helping investors determine if they should allow the broker to handle their finances.

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