Securities Investigation: Broker Gregg Templeton

shutterstock_123758422The securities lawyers of Gana LLP are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Gregg Templeton (Templeton). According to BrokerCheck records Templeton is subject to six customer complaints and one employment separation. The recent customer complaints against Templeton allege securities law violations that including misrepresentations, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligent supervision among other claims.   The claims appear to largely relate to allegations regarding promissory notes and penny stocks.

The most recent complaint filed in January 2016 alleges that between December 2013 and May 2015 the customer claims to have been defrauded out of $6,750,000 through misrepresentations in what appear to be penny stocks while Templeton was associated with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer) out of the firm’s New York, New York office location. The dispute is currently pending.

Our firm has represented many clients in who have suffered losses due to inappropriate penny stock trading and manipulation claims. Penny stocks and low priced securities are favorite targets for investment fraud because they are easily manipulated and allow schemers to profit from their victims investments.

Templeton entered the securities industry in 1993. From January 2007 until August 2015, Templeton was associated with Oppenheimer. Thereafter, from September 2015 until January 2016, Templeton was associated with FSC Securities. Then, from January 2016 until March 2016, Templeton was associated with Aegis Capital Corp.

The number of events listed on Templeton brokercheck is high relative to his peers. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must publicly disclose certain types of reportable events on their CRD including but not limited to customer complaints. In addition to disclosing client disputes brokers must divulge IRS tax liens, judgments, and criminal matters. However, FINRA’s records are not always complete according to a Wall Street Journal story that checked with 26 state regulators and found that at least 38,400 brokers had regulatory or financial red flags such as a personal bankruptcy that showed up in state records but not on BrokerCheck. More disturbing is the fact that 19,000 out of those 38,400 brokers had spotless BrokerCheck records.

The investment fraud attorneys at Gana LLP represent investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts. The majority of these claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.