The 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.
However, federal securities laws and the FINRA rules require firms to monitor and supervise its employees in order to detect and prevent brokers from offering investments in this fashion. In order to properly supervise their brokers each firm is required to have procedures in order to monitor the activities of each advisor’s activities and interaction with the public. Selling away misconduct often occurs where brokerage firms either fail to put in place a reasonable supervisory system or fail to actually implement that system. Supervisory failures allow brokers to engage in unsupervised misconduct that can include all manner improper conduct including selling away.
In cases of selling away the investor is unaware that the advisor’s investments are improper. In many of these cases the investor will not learn that the broker’s activities were wrongful until after the investment scheme is publicized, the broker is fired or charged by law enforcement, or stops returning client calls altogether.
Bedwell entered the securities industry in 2009. From July 2015 through November 2017 Bedwell was registered with Arvest Wealth Management. From November 2017 until August 2019 Bedwell was associated with LPL Financial out of the firm’s Rogers, Arkansas branch office location.
Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation. Investors may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases of selling away and brokerage firms failure to supervise their representatives. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.