Articles Tagged with Independent Financial Group

shutterstock_175000886-300x225Advisor William Morrow (Morrow), currently employed by Concorde Investment Services, LLC (Concorde Investment) and formerly employed by Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) has been subject to at least 14 customer complaints and one employment termination for cause during the course of his career.  According to a BrokerCheck report the customer complaints concerns alternative investments such as direct participation products (DPPs) like business development companies (BDCs), non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, tenant-in-common programs, and private placements.  Morrow runs his securities business through a d/b/a called Financial Designs, LTD.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have represented hundreds of investors who suffered losses caused by these types of high risk, low reward products.

In May 2020 a customer complained that Morrow violated the securities laws by alleging that Morrow engaged in sales practice violations related to engaging in investments were high risk and not in line with their stated objectives and risk tolerance.  The claim alleges $100,000 in damages and is currently pending.

In February 2015 a customer complained that Morrow violated the securities laws by alleging that Morrow engaged in sales practice violations related to engaging in unsuitable investments, common law fraud, and other violations in the sale of a tenant in common investment purchased in 2006.  The claim alleged $730,000 damages and settled for $100,000.

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shutterstock_71240-300x183The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that financial advisor Morgan Arford (Arford), currently employed by Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) has been subject to at least four customer complaints during the course of his career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Arford’s customer complaints alleges that Arford recommended unsuitable investments among other allegations of misconduct relating to the handling of their accounts.

In September 2016 a customer complained that Arford violated the securities laws by alleging that Arford in mid-2012 participated in the sale of unapproved and unsuitable investments in oil and gas and a penny stock.  The claim alleged $140,760 in damages and settled for $95,000.

In August 2016 a customer complained that Arford violated the securities laws by alleging that Arford in 2012 and 2013 participated in the sale of unapproved and unsuitable investments in oil and gas and a penny stock.  The claim alleged $335,300 in damages and settled for $192,500.

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shutterstock_157506896-300x300The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that financial advisor Brian Lockett (Lockett), formerly employed by Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) has been subject to at least nine customer complaints and one regulatory action during the course of his career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Lockett’s customer complaint alleges that Lockett recommended unsuitable investments among other allegations of misconduct relating to the handling of their accounts.

In November 2019 FINRA brought a regulatory action against Lockett that he settled consenting to findings that he participated in a private securities transaction without providing prior written notice to his member firm. FINRA found that one of Lockett’s customers invested a total of $50,000 in a private placement offering and that Lockett participated in the transaction by introducing the transaction to the customer, summarizing the reasons he liked the investment, meeting with the customer to review and sign the paperwork and causing the paperwork to be submitted. FINRA found that Lockett did not receive compensation for his participation in the transaction and that Lockett attempted to conceal his role in the transaction by suggesting to the customer that the customer communicate about the transaction with Lockett in the future via Lockett’s personal email address. According to FINRA, after the customer complained to the firm, it entered into a settlement to resolve the complaint.

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shutterstock_181783781-200x300The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating advisor Herbert Shiraishi (Shiraishi), currently registered with Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) out of Honolulu, Hawaii and Hilo, Hawaii.  According to a BrokerCheck report,  Shiraishi has been subject to at least four customer complaints and one employment termination for cause during his career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), many of the complaints against Shiraishi concern allegations of variable annuity sales practices.

In May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Shiraishi’s investments in variable annuities were unsuitable to the customer’s needs.  The customer requested $25,500 in damages.  The claim was closed.

In January 2017 a customer alleged that Shiraishi failed to disclose his purchase of a variable annuity to the customer causing $7,708 in damages.  The claim was denied.

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shutterstock_188606033-300x200Advisor Shimshon Plotkin (Plotkin), currently employed by Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) has been subject to at least seven customer complaints during the course of his career.  According to a BrokerCheck report the customer complaints mostly concerns alternative investments such as 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 extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In June 2016 a customer complained that Plotkin violated the securities laws by alleging that the financial advisor breached their fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentations, and breach of contract among other allegations associated non-traded REITs and other DPPs causing $1,000,000 in damages. The claim was settled for $250,000.

In January 2016 a customer complained that Plotkin violated the securities laws by alleging that the financial advisor breached their fiduciary duty among other allegations associated with alternative investments causing. The claim was denied by the brokerage firm.

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shutterstock_113632177-300x249According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Robert Jamison (Jamison), formerly associated with PNC Investments, in December 2018, was sanctioned and barred from the securities industry by FINRA over accusations of potentially selling unapproved products.

In December 2018 FINRA alleged that Jamison consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide testimony to FINRA related to allegations that he, in connection with private securities transactions, referred customers to an individual who was not registered and who may have recommended or sold unsuitable securities to those customers.

The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”.

At this time it is unclear the nature and scope of Jamison’s activities.  Jamison’s disclosures include any outside business activities (OBAs) disclosures.  The only disclosure is an involvement with Crump Life Insurance.

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shutterstock_62862913-259x300Advisor Wenjinn Chang (Chang), currently employed by Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) has been subject to at least two customer complaints.  According to a BrokerCheck report the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In October 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Chang violated the securities laws by alleging over-concentration of non-traded REITs that were not suitable and that resulted in losses. The claim alleged $50,000 in damages and the claim is currently pending.

In September 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Chang violated the securities laws by Alleging that the broker failed to advise of the risks of the investments made and that the Claimant has suffered losses as a result of the investments made.  The claim alleged $75,000 in damages and the claim settled for $10,000.

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shutterstock_123928846-300x268According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Jon Pariser (Pariser), formerly associated with Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) in Pacific Grove, California was sanctioned by FINRA resulting in a bar from the industry.  In October 2018 Pariser consented to the FINRA sanction and an entry of findings that he failed to provide FINRA with requested documents and information related to allegations that he referred some of his customers to an individual who was not registered and who may have recommended or sold potentially unsuitable securities to them.

It is believed that Pariser recommended that his clients invest with Christopher Parris, an unlicensed broker.  At that time Parris has been accused by the SEC of running an investment fraud scheme through First Nationle Solution.  According to an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint filed in June 2018, Parris and others orchestrated the First Nationle Solution Ponzi scheme and bilked investors out of over $102 million.  Parris and others have been accused of using brokers like Pariser to liquidate safe or non-fraudulent investments in order to obtain financing of their scheme.

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According to BrokerCshutterstock_180968000-300x200heck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Jeffrey Schwebach (Schwebach), formerly associated with Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) in Dell Rapids, South Dakota was terminated by the firm.  In June 2018 Schwebach was discharged after the firm claimed that he failed to accurately describe the nature of his outside business activities (OBAs) and also violated firm policy with regard to disclosure of customer complaint.  There are no other public disclosures on Schwebach’s record.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and if such activity included private securities transactions.  Schwebach’s public disclosures show that he has disclosed numerous OBAs including The Cartwright Bros, a landlord rental business, 50% owner of Schwebach Financial – a d/b/a company.  In addition, Schwebach has disclosed he is a radio DJ for Backyard Broadcasting, 50% owner of Dells Mini Storage, 20% owner of Schwebach Family Partnership, and instructor for a retirement course, board member of Planning Life, and a radio DJ ofr Midwest Communications, among other disclosures.

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shutterstock_113872627-300x300Former Sandlapper Securities, LLC (Sandlapper) and Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) broker Kyusun “Kenny” Kim (Kim) has been subject to at least 23 customer complaints and one regulatory action.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

In June 2018 FINRA barred Kim from the securities industry after making findings of unsuitable recommendations to numerous senior customers to concentrate their retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid securities.  FINRA found that Kim recommended customers to invest in speculative and illiquid investments that were inconsistent with the customers’ moderate or conservative investment objectives and risk tolerances. FINRA found that these recommendations caused Kim’s customers to have an undue concentration of the customers’ retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid investments. FINRA also found that Kim falsified client information on important forms by entering inaccurate and inflated net worth, liquid net worth, and investment experience figures for certain customers so that they appeared eligible to purchase speculative investments.

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