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shutterstock_154554782-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Philip Sparacino (Sparacino), formerly associated with First Standard Financial Company LLC (First Standard), has been subject to at least three customer complaints, one employment termination for cause, two financial disclosures, and two regulatory matters during his career.  The majority of the customer complaints against Sparacino concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as churning or excessive trading.

In November 2019 FINRA entered into a settlement with Sparacino where he consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to produce information and documents requested by FINRA while investigating allegations that he engaged in unauthorized, excessive, and unsuitable trading while registered through his member firm.  As a result Sparacino was barred from the financial industry.

In October 2019 First Standard terminated Sparacino due to a regulatory action brought by the state of New Jersey that resulted in revoking Sparacino’s license in that state.  The state of New Jersey found that Sparacino made untrue statements and omitted information and engaged in practices and a course of business which operated as a fraud or deceit and was otherwise engaged in dishonest and unethical business practices in the sale of securities resulting in a $250,000 fine and a revocation of license.  The state alleged that since at least June 2019, Sparacino has engaged in a pattern of unauthorized, excessive, unsuitable, and fraudulent trading activity on behalf of customers of First Standard following the departure of many of First Standard’s agents. Sparacino had access to dozens of newly inherited customer accounts which he used as a vehicle to generate exorbitant commissions at the customers’ expense.

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shutterstock_177577832-300x300According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Albert Foronda (Foronda), currently associated with Spartan Capital Securities, LLC (Spartan Capital), has been subject to at least three customer complaints and one regulatory investigation during his career.  The majority of the customer complaints against Foronda concern allegations of high frequency trading activity also referred to as churning or excessive trading.

In November 2019 FINRA initiated an investigation into Foronda stating that FINRA made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against Foronda alleging violations for unauthorized transactions for exercising discretion without written authorization.

In May 2019 a customer complained that Foronda violated the securities laws by alleging that Foronda engaged in unsuitability, excessive trading, and negligence in handling of their account. The claim alleges $650,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In April 2018 a customer complained that Foronda violated the securities laws by alleging that Foronda engaged in breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and negligence in handling of their account. The claim alleges $90,000 in damages and is currently pending.

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