According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker David Page (Page) has been the subject of at least three customer complaints over the course of his career. Customers have filed complaints against Page alleging securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unauthorized trading, misrepresentations, and failure to follow instructions among other claims.
An examination of Page’s employment history reveals that the broker 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 Page’s 18 year career he has worked at eight different firms. Since May 2005 until April 2008, Page was associated with Investors Capital Corp. Thereafter, from April 2008, until May 2013, Page was a registered representative with John Thomas Financial. From May 2013, until March 2015, Page was associated with Brookville Capital Partners. After that Page was associated for only one month with Tryco Securities, Inc. Finally, Page is currently registered with Legend Securities, Inc.
Several the firms Page has been associated with have been expelled by FINRA including John Thomas Financial which 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.
Indeed, Page is associated with an award of $500,000 and punitive damages of $750,000 arising out of his association with John Thomas Financial. The complaint involved allegations that the claimant invested in Kadmon I, LLC and John Thomas Bridge and Opportunity Fund, L.P. II.
All advisers have a fundamental responsibility to deal fairly with investors including making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.
The number of customer complaints against Page is high relative to his peers. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must publicly disclose certain types of reportable events on their CRD including but not limited to customer complaints. In addition to disclosing client disputes brokers must divulge IRS tax liens, judgments, and criminal matters. However, FINRA’s records are not always complete according to a Wall Street Journal story that checked with 26 state regulators and found that at least 38,400 brokers had regulatory or financial red flags such as a personal bankruptcy that showed up in state records but not on BrokerCheck. More disturbing is the fact that 19,000 out of those 38,400 brokers had spotless BrokerCheck records.
Investors who have suffered investment losses due to churning activity may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors concerning securities violations. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.