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shutterstock_160304408-300x199The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Rhett Bedwell (Bedwell) has been accused by clients of engaging in fraudulent investment activities including undisclosed outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions.  According to records kept by FINRA Bedwell was employed by LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) at the time of the activity.  If you have been a victim of Bedwell’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

Rhett Bedwell is accused by investors and was investigated for unsuitably recommending investors to invest in a Ponzi scam involving Small World Capital and Graysail Capital.  In March 2021 FINRA barred Bedwell after finding that Bedwell consented to sanctions and findings that he refused to produce information and documents requested by FINRA during the course of its review of an amended Form U5 filed by his former member firm. FINRA’s investigation stemmed from a disclosure that Bedwell had been identified in a pending customer arbitration alleging that he moved a client’s IRA to a different administrator and used forged documentation to invest the claimant’s money in a Ponzi scheme.

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.

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shutterstock_189496604-300x200The 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.

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shutterstock_155045255-289x300The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Xerxes Mullan (Mullan) 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 Mullan was employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (Purshe Kaplan) through June 2019.  If you have been a victim of Mullan’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

According to FINRA, the regulator sanctioned Mullan after he consented to the sanction that he participated in private securities transactions involving approximately $6 million in total sales without his member firm’s knowledge or approval.  FINRA found that Mullan disclosed his role at a registered investment advisor to his firm but that Mullan did not provide prior written notice to the firm of his participation in the securities offerings. In addition, FINRA also found that Mullan falsely certified on the firm’s annual compliance questionnaires that he was not involved in any private securities transaction that had not been previously disclosed to the firm.

Mullan’s BrokerCheck also reveals several disclosed OBAs including Avestar Capital Partners, One motel condo, several rental properties, among other disclosures.

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shutterstock_103665437-300x300The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Christopher Roumayeh (Roumayeh) has been accused by a financial regulator of engaging in undisclosed outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Roumayeh was employed by his prior employer Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (Merrill Lynch) prior to being investigated concerning his activities.  If you have been a victim of Roumayeh’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In May 2020, Roumayeh was sanctioned by FINRA which found that he consented to sanctions and the findings that he engaged in outside business activities without providing prior written notice to his member firm. FINRA found that Roumayeh and a firm customer purchased a franchise involved in the professional video gaming industry.  FINRA alleged that Roumayeh managed the franchise’s day-to-day operations, formed corporate entities related to the franchise’s operations, served as an officer and director for them, and solicited prospective investors in the franchise.  Roumayeh further is alleged to have concealed his relationship with the entities by forming them in his wife’s name and named her as the sole authorized representative on an entity’s bank account.

In addition, FINRA also found that Roumayeh engaged in other OBAs such as forming and managing a separate limited liability company that he purchased commercial real estate through. Roumayeh then is alleged to have made false statements to the firm on annual compliance questionnaires concerning his outside business activities. Finally, FINRA also found that Roumayeh participated in a private securities transaction by soliciting and facilitated the investment of a publicly-traded company in the franchise. Roumayeh’s is alleged to have participated in identifying other potential investors, responding to questions from the company during its due diligence, and negotiating the terms and structure of the company’s investment. To facilitate the company’s $5.5 million investment, FINRA claims that Roumayeh formed a new holding company that he sold and issued shares of preferred stock to the company through.

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shutterstock_160304408-300x199The 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.

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shutterstock_73854277-300x200The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor James Kennedy (Kennedy) has been accused by a financial regulator of engaging in unapproved business activities among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Kennedy was employed by his prior employer Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. (Woodbury Financial) prior to being investigated concerning his activities.  If you have been a victim of Kennedy’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In April 2020, FINRA brought a regulatory action and fount that Kennedy consented to sanctions and findings that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into a tip received. FINRA found that Kennedy provided partial but incomplete responses to FINRA’s requests and then subsequently ceased cooperating with the investigation.  FINRA also determined that Kennedy’s former firm filed a Form U5 disclosing his termination and explaining that he was permitted to resign for engaging in an unapproved outside business activity involving a financial transaction with a couple of clients.

Kennedy’s disclosed outside business disclosures include being an insurance agent, Kennedy Investment Consultants LLC, and Hoy Road Properties.  It is unclear whether or not the allegations involve any of these disclosed entities.

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shutterstock_176283941-300x200The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Gautam Arora (Arora) has been accused by his former employer engaging in unapproved investments among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arora was terminated by his prior employer, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (Transamerica Financial) concerning his promissory note sales.  If you have been a victim of Arora’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In December 2019 Transamerica Financial terminated Arora after alleging that firm received information indicating that the representative solicited various individuals to participate in unapproved investments away from the firm. The firm further alleged that the representative entered into lending arrangements and promissory notes with these individuals without receiving prior approval from the firm.

Arora’s outside business activities disclosed on his publicly available BrokerCheck report include World Financial Group, Inc., Real estate broker, and Keller William Realty.

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.

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shutterstock_133831631-198x300The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Brian Radoo (Radoo) has been accused by his former employer engaging in unapproved outside business activities and by a client for selling a non-approved investment among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Radoo was terminated by his prior employer, Next Financial Group, Inc. (Next Financial) concerning his outside business activities.  If you have been a victim of Radoo’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In April 2020 a customer complained that Radoo violated the securities laws by alleging that Radoo engaged in sales practice violations related to offering the investor an investment in an unapproved outside business activity that involved a cannabis cultivation company. Claimant states that the firm, failed to supervise the representative’s outside business activity.  The claim is currently pending.

In December 2019 Next Financial Investments terminated Radoo after alleging that he engaged in unreported, unapproved outside business activities.

Radoo’s outside business activities disclosed on his publicly available BrokerCheck report include Energy Consulting, Legal Cannabis Cultivation, and real estate rental properties.

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shutterstock_189302954-300x203The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Felix Chu (Chu) was investigated by a securities regulator for selling promissory notes to clients among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Chu left his prior employer, NYLife Securities, LLC (NYLife Securities) prior to several customer complaints concerning the sale of promissory notes.  If you have been a victim of Chu’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In December 2019 FINRA sent Chu requests for information concerning his activities.  Chu failed to respond to the requests and was automatically barred from the brokerage industry.

In October 2019 a customer complained that Chu violated the securities laws by alleging that Radoo engaged in sales practice violations related investments beginning in March 2016 until September 2018, she and her late husband were misled into purchasing promissory notes for $305,000. Plaintiff further alleges that they were misled into remitting a check for $75,000 to purchase what they believed to be additional insurance. The claim is currently, pending and the the investors are seeking compensatory damages in excess of $380,000, lost income, interest, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

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.

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shutterstock_1744162-300x200The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor John Jaramillo (Jaramillo) has been accused by his former employer of selling a non-approved product among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Jaramillo has been terminated by his prior employer, Western International Securities, Inc. (Western International) concerning his outside business activities.  If you have been a victim of Jaramillo’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In March 2020 Western International terminated Jaramillo after alleging that he sold a non-approved product.

Jaramillo’s outside business activities disclosed on his publicly available BrokerCheck report include accident & health insurance and Integrity Real Estate Solutions which is listed as a real estate agent.

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.

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