Broker Investigation: Thomas Tedeschi’s Sales Practices

shutterstock_180341738According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Thomas Tedeschi (Tedeschi) has been the subject of at least 6 customer complaints, one judgment and lien over the course of his career. Customers have filed complaints against Tedeschi alleging a litany of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, unauthorized trades, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentations and false statements, and churning, among other claims. The claims involve different investment recommendations including claims involving warrants, penny stocks, and Exchange Traded Notes, among other speculative securities.

An examination of Tedeschi’s employment history reveals that Tedeschi moves from troubled firm to troubled firm. The pattern of brokers moving in this way is sometimes called “cockroaching” within the industry. See More Than 5,000 Stockbrokers From Expelled Firms Still Selling Securities, The Wall Street Journal, (Oct. 4, 2013). In Tedeschi’s 20 year career he has worked at 17 different firms.

Since 2008 alone Tedeschi has been registered with Westrock Advisors, Inc., Obsidian Financial Group, LLC, John Thomas Financial, Prestige Financial Center, Inc., Blackbook Capital LLC, and Aegis Capital Corp.

Many of these brokerage firms have been the subject of regulatory action. In particular John Thomas Financial was expelled from the industry. John Thomas Financial was run by Anastasios “Tommy” Belesis who recently agreed to be banned from the securities industry when the SEC accused him of defrauding investors in two hedge funds. In addition, John Thomas faced allegations of penny-stock fraud by FINRA after the firm reaped more than $100 million in commissions over its six-year history before it closed in July. According to new sources trainees at the firm earned as little as $300 a week to pitch stocks with memorized scripts.

All advisers have a fundamental responsibility to deal fairly with investors including making suitable investment recommendations. The number of complaints made by investors against Tedeschi is relatively large by industry standards. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must disclose different types of events, not necessarily all of which are customer complaints. These disclosures can include IRS tax liens, judgments, and even criminal matters.

Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases of unsuitable investments and churning. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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