Articles Tagged with Chris Fulco

shutterstock_155271245The investment attorneys of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a regulatory complaint filed (Disciplinary Proceedings No. 2014039091903) by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) against brokerage firm Caldwell International Securities Corp. [CRD No. 104323], and its employees Greg Caldwell [CRD No. 2816295], Lennie Freiman [CRD No. 1007506], Paul Jacobs [CRD No. 4658235], Alain Florestan [CRD No. 2818942], Alex Etter [CRD No. 2981742], Lucas Lichtman [CRD No. 5542092], Richard Lim [CRD No. 4949289], and Richard Lee [CRD No. 2768039]. FINRA’s allegations are that For more than three and a half years, Respondent Caldwell International Securities Corp. (Caldwell) “put profits before customers, growth before compliance, and subterfuge before transparency.” FINRA alleged Caldwell has a “culture of non-compliance” causing there to be serious sales practice, supervisory, and reporting violations.

Our firm has written several articles on brokers associated with or previously employed by Caldwell concerning similar allegations by customers and regulators. See FINRA Bars Broker Ricardo Fancois During Investigation Into Sales Practices; FINRA Bars Broker Honetta Kao During Investigation Into Sales Practices; FINRA Bars Broker James Starks During Investigation Into Sales Practices; FINRA Bars Broker Marat (a/k/a Matt) Zeltser; FINRA Bars Richard Adams Over Churning Customer Accounts; FINRA Files Complaint Against Chris Fulco Over US Coal Corporation Transactions

FINRA alleged that from December 2010 through July 2014 Caldwell through Greg Caldwell, Lennie Freiman, and Paul Jacobs, failed to enforce a supervisory system reasonably tailored to its business model that allowed many of its brokers to recommend an unsuitable active trading investment strategy that the representatives did not understand and which caused significant financial losses to customers while generating substantial profits for the firm. FINRA also alleged that other brokers at Caldwell were allowed to engage in trading with discretion without authorization, and trading which exceeded the benchmarks for excessive trading and churning without any meaningful supervision of this activity. FINRA found that Caldwell and its principals were aware of virtually all of this misconduct but took no meaningful steps to stop the activity or supervise it because doing so would reduce the commissions and fees being generated from their customers.

shutterstock_95643673The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently filed a complaint against broker Chris Fulco (Fulco) concerning allegations that Fulco facilitated the sale of stock in US Coal Corporation, Inc. (US Coal), in numerous private securities transactions away from his firm, aslo known as “selling away” in the industry. FINRA alleged that Fulco received significant compensation for facilitating these transactions in the amount of $601,159.  In addition, FINRA alleged that Fulco lied to FINRA about his involvement in these transactions by providing false sworn testimony that many of the wire transfers he received were not related to sales of US Coal shares but rather were payments for his role in transactions involving gold. Further, FINRA alleged that Fulco tried to encourage the primary seller of US Coal securities in the transactions, known by the initials “LF”, not to appear for his scheduled testimony or to testify falsely about the transactions in order to corroborate Fulco’s own false testimony. Finally, FINRA alleged that Fulco failed to timely disclose to FINRA a lien and civil judgment entered against him.

Fulco entered the securities industry in 1999. From June 2007 to June 2010, Fulco was registered with vFinance Investments, Inc. (vFinance). From July 2010 to February 2011, he was registered with Charles Morgan Securities, Inc. (Charles Morgan). Thereafter, from March 2011 to December 2011, he was registered with Caldwell International Securities, Inc. (Caldwell International). Finally, Fulco was registered with Chelsea Financial Services until November 8, 2013.

According to FINRA, in or around August 2009, LF engaged vFinance and another individual referred to as “PCA”, to help sell his shares in US Coal, a non-public company that produces coal in Appalachia. LF acquired US Coal shares through various entities in or around 2006 after helping found the company. In or around September 2009, FINRA alleged that vFinance approved Fulco facilitation of the sale of 300,000 shares of LF’s US Coal stock to a customer referred to by the initials “MM”, a vFinance customer.

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