The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Arthur Hoffman (Hoffman) has been accused by a financial regulator of engaging in the fraudulent sale of securities among other allegations. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Hoffman was employed by his prior employer Ameriprise Financial Services (Ameriprise) prior to being investigated concerning his activities. If you have been a victim of Hoffman’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.
In June 2020, a customer filed a complaint alleging that Hoffman recommended the claimants invest $172,688.03 in Zima Global Ventures, LLC a/k/a Zima Digital Assets, an alleged fraudulent Ponzi scheme. The claim is currently pending.
In May 2020, Hoffman was barred by FINRA which found that he consented to sanctions and the findings that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA. The findings stated that FINRA opened an investigation in response to a disclosure filed by Hoffman’s member firm, which stated that Hoffman had been suspended related to outside business activities and private securities transactions.
In May 2020 Hoffman was terminated by Ameriprise after the firm claimed that he terminated for company policy violations related to outside business activities and private securities transactions.
Our law firm has significant experience bringing cases on behalf of defrauded victims when their advisors engage in receiving loans from clients or selling securities sales through OBAs. The sale of unapproved investment products – is a practice known in the industry as “selling away” – a serious violation of the securities laws. In the industry the term selling away refers to when a financial advisor solicits investments in companies, promissory notes, or other securities that are not pre-approved by the broker’s affiliated firm. Sometimes those investments have some legitimacy but often times these types of investments can end up being Ponzi schemes or the advisor can be engaging in the conversion of funds.
However, federal securities laws and the FINRA rules require firms to monitor and supervise its employees in order to detect and prevent brokers from offering investments in this fashion. In order to properly supervise their brokers each firm is required to have procedures in order to monitor the activities of each advisor’s activities and interaction with the public. Selling away misconduct often occurs where brokerage firms either fail to put in place a reasonable supervisory system or fail to actually implement that system. Supervisory failures allow brokers to engage in unsupervised misconduct that can include all manner improper conduct including selling away.
In cases of selling away the investor is unaware that the advisor’s investments are improper. In many of these cases the investor will not learn that the broker’s activities were wrongful until after the investment scheme is publicized, the broker is fired or charged by law enforcement, or stops returning client calls altogether.
Hoffman entered the securities industry in 1999. From May 2009 through November 2016 Hoffman was associated with Wedbush Securities Inc. From November 2016 until May 2020 Hoffman was registered with Ameriprise out of the firm’s Glendale, Arizona office location.
Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation. Investors may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases of selling away and brokerage firms failure to supervise their representatives. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.