The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Dwight Dykstra (Dykstra) has been accused by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) of engaging in undisclosed outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions. According to records kept by FINRA Dykstra was employed by Vision Brokerage Services, LLC (Vision Brokerage) a the time of the activity and is now registered Alternative Investment Advisors, LLC (Alternative Investment). If you have been a victim of Dykstra’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.
According to FINRA, the regulator sanctioned Dykstra after he consented to the sanction that he participated in private securities transactions without providing prior written notice to his member firm. The findings stated that, while registered through with his firm, Dykstra participated in private securities transactions by soliciting investments in promissory notes issued by a company raising capital to develop a senior living real estate project. FINRA found that Dykstra contacted prospective investors to inform them of the investment opportunity, provided marketing materials to interested investors, participated in communications between the issuer and interested investors, and facilitated the sale of approximately $2 million of promissory notes to 21 investors. FINRA also found that Dykstra was paid $67,500 in selling compensation for his participation in the 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.
Dykstra entered the securities industry in 1982. From May 2013 through July 2019 Dykstra was associated with Vision Brokerage. From March 2016 through February 2021 Dykstra was registered with Aegis Wealth Management, LLC. Finally, since April 2012 Dykstra has been registered with Alternative Investment out of the firm’s Maitland, Florida 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.