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shutterstock_180735251The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred broker Robert Acri (Acri) concerning allegations that in December 2013, and January 2014, Acri failed to fully respond to a Rule 8210 request for documents and information concerning Acri’s sale of alternative investments and promissory notes.

Acri first entered the securities industry in 1988. From December 2007 through April 2009, Acri was associated with Chicago Investment Group, LLC. After that, he was representative with Spyglass Securities, LLC from June 2010 through June 2011. Acri was last associated with World Equity Group, Inc. from June 25, 2012 through June 6, 2013. World Equity Group terminated Acri by a Form U5 filed on June 10, 2013.

According to Acri’s BrokerCheck Acri listed his outside business activities as being involved in The Synergy Fund, Synergy Private Capital Fund, Kam Private Fund all of which is listed as investment related. In addition, the disclosures state that Acri is the president of IRCA Coporation.

At least one action has been initiated against Jason T. Knapp (Knapp) accusing the broker of running a Ponzi scheme.  Knapp is a former broker of Dawson James Securities, Inc. (Dawson James) and operated under the company name Steeple Chase Group, LLC (Steeple Chase).  Steeple Chase holds itself out as a real estate, financial lending, consulting, and investment related company.

From 2006 through September 2008 Knapp was a registered representative of Chicago Investment Group, LLC.  From September 2008 through June 2012 Knapp was registered with Dawson James.  Dawson James terminated Knapp citing that Knapp had falsified documents and solicited clients to purchase investments, presumably in Steeple Chase, that were not approved by the firm.  In addition, an allegation was made by another client that Knapp engaged in an unauthorized transaction that Knapp could not provide the firm with a satisfactory explanation for.

In total two customer actions have been initiated against Knapp and Dawson James Securities for failing to supervise Knapp’s business activities.   In March 2013, FINRA barred Knapp from the securities industry when he failed to respond to the agency’s request for additional information concerning the customer complaints and the circumstances of his termination.

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