According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Anil Jethmal (Jethmal) has been hit with a large number of customer complaints. Jethmal’s record reveals a total of 5 customer complaints. However, 1996, the state of Georgia revoked Jethmal’s securities license in the state stating that approximately 27 customer’s had filed complaints against Jethmal up until that time. Customers have filed complaints against Jethmal alleging securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trading, unauthorized use of margin, and misrepresentations among other claims.
Jethmal entered the securities industry in 1988. An examination of Jethmal’s employment history reveals that Jethmal 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 Jethmal’s 26 year career he has worked at 12 different firms. Since 2008 Jethmal has been registered with Westrock Advisors, Inc. and Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. Since March 2011, Jethmal has been associated with Newbridge Securities Corporation located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Churning is investment trading activity in the client’s account that serves no reasonable purpose for the investor and is transacted solely to profit the broker. The elements to establish a churning claim, which is considered a species of securities fraud, are excessive transactions of securities, broker control over the account, and intent to defraud the investor by obtaining unlawful commissions. A similar claim, excessive trading, under FINRA’s suitability rule involves just the first two elements. Certain commonly used measures and ratios used to determine churning help evaluate a churning claim. These ratios look at how frequently the account is turned over plus whether or not the expenses incurred in the account made it unreasonable that the investor could reasonably profit from the activity.
The number of complaints and regulatory actions against Jethmal 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 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.
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.