According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Karl Foust (Foust), formerly associated with H.D. Vest Investment Services (HD Vest) in Boca Raton, Florida has been accused by at least seven clients of selling unsuitable investments in Wimbledon Health Partners leading to substantial investor losses..
In July 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Foust recommended Wimbledon Health Partners LLC that was not suitable and were misrepresented to her. The customer alleged $100,000 in damages. The claim is currently pending.
In March 2018 another customer filed a complaint alleging that Wimbledon Health Partners LLC, were not suitable and were misrepresented to him. The customer alleged $95,000 in damages. The claim is currently pending.
It appears that this product is an unapproved investment product – a sales 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. When advisors convert or misappropriate funds they often created businesses or other vehicles to serve as a cover for the theft 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.
Foust entered the securities industry in 1981. From November 2009 until June 2014 Foust was associated with HD Vest out of the firm’s Boca Raton, 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.