Customers File Complaints Against Kenneth Saunders Over Alternative Investments

shutterstock_171721244Our investment attorneys are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Kenneth Saunders (Saunders) currently associated with National Planning Corporation (NPC) alleging unsuitable investments among other claims.  According to brokercheck records Saunders has been subject to six customer complaints.  Some of the complaints involve direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other alternative investments.

Saunders has also disclosed a number outside business activities including his d/b/a Saunders Investment & Tax Advisory Group, Inc., Heron Bay Association, and Parke Place HOA.  The most recent customer complaint was filed in March 2016 and alleged that Saunders recommended unsuitable alternative investments causing $150,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

Our firm has represented many clients wo have invested in Direct Participation Products and REITS.  Many of these types of investments come with high costs and have historically underperformed various benchmarks.  For example, according to FINRA, products like REITs, and DPPs are only appropriate for a narrow band of investors under certain conditions due to the high costs, illiquidity, and huge redemption charges of the products, if they can be redeemed at all.  Further, investors often fail to understand that they have lost money in these illiquid investments until many years after investing. 

Saunders entered the securities industry in 1986.  From January 1997 through November 2013, Saunders was registered with Investors Capital Corp.  Since October 2013 Saunders has been associated with National Planning Corporation out of the firm’s Coral Springs, Florida office location.

Gana LLP’s securities fraud attorneys represent investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts due to claims of fraud and negligence.  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.