Former IFS Securities, Inc. (IFS) and Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. (Voya) broker James Flynn (Flynn) has been subject to at least ten customer complaints, two employment terminations for cause, three tax or civil judgment liens, and one bankruptcy proceeding. 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). The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.
In February 2017 Voya discharged Flynn accusing the broker of providing misleading information to the firm during a complaint investigation. Despite numerous customer complaints and financial troubles IFS hired Flynn anyway only to also discharge him a year later in February 2018. IFS claims that Flynn was terminated because he executed unauthorized trades.
In addition, Flynn was subject to large tax liens totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. In April 2005 Flynn disclosed a tax lien of over $256,000. Thereafter, Flynn declared bankruptcy in April 2013. The fact that a broker cannot manage his own personal finances is material information for a client to consider. In addition, the types of products clients have alleged were unsuitable are high commission products that may be recommended to generate high profits for the advisor at the expense of the client.