Advisor Jeffrey Dixson (Dixson), currently employed by Madison Avenue Securities, LLC (Madison Avenue) has been subject to at least seven customer complaints and one regulatory action during the course of his career. According to a BrokerCheck report the customer complaint concerns alternative investments such private placements and direct participation products (DPPs) like non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have represented dozens of investors who suffered losses caused by these types of high risk, low reward products.
One private placement that a large number of clients of Madison Avenue were sold is GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) related investments. GPB Capital is facing multiple accusations of being a Ponzi scheme, an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FBI investigations, and even GPB’s chief compliance officier being indicted for illegally obtaining information on the SEC’s investigation. Now even Volkswagen and Toyota are threatening to pull the plug on GPB Capital auto dealerships. While advisors have been telling investors to do absolutely nothing and just hang in there – this is nothing more than just additional poor advice. In November 2019 GPB Capital’s admitted that no financial audit would occur anytime in the near future. In sum, investors now know there is nothing to hang onto. By the day, advisor recommendations to do nothing appear to be completely self-serving, out of the loop, and not in the interest of the investor.
In November 2019 a customer complained that Dixson violated the securities laws by alleging that Dixson engaged in sales practice violations related to investments made between 2016 to the present in various alternative investments and fixed index annuities that were alleged as unsuitable. The allegations include Oregon Securities Law, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and elder abuse. The claim alleges $150,000 in damages and is currently pending.