The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Rabinder “Ravi” Deshmukh (Deshmukh). According to BrokerCheck records Deshmukh has been subject to at least four customer complaints. The customer complaints against Deshmukh allege securities law violations that including unsuitable investments and excessive margin among other claims.
The most recent claim was filed in June March 2016 and alleges that from 2008 to 2015, the customer was recommended and sold unsuitable, highly concentrated positions in speculative securities. In addition, the customer also alleged that they were recommended to trade on margin and seek compensatory and punitive damages in the amount of $9 million. The complaint is currently pending.
Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client. In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements. First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.
Deshmukh entered the securities industry in 2007. From February 2013 through August 2015 Deshmukh was registered with JHS Capital Advisors, LLC. Thereafter, from August 2015 until July 2016, Deshmukh was associated with Ameriprise Financial Services out of the firm’s Miami, Florida office location.
The number of events listed on Deshmukh brokercheck 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.
The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts. The majority of these claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.