The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating claims against advisor Lloyd Johnston (Johnston). According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Johnston, formerly registered with Capital Financial Services, Inc. (Capital Financial) out of Spokane, Washington was barred from the financial industry. According to a BrokerCheck report, Johnston has been subject to at least two customer complaints, four regulatory actions, two investigations, one bankruptcy disclosure, one termination, and 15 tax liens. Johnston’s customer complaints allege that Johnston engaged in unsuitable sales of 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 handed many cases with these types of investments causing investor losses.
In September 2018 Johnston failed to disclose or timely disclose tax liens with a balance exceeding $1,000,000 and violated the terms of a Conditional Registration Order, which resulted in the revocation of his license. Large tax liens on a broker’s CRD can be a red flag that the broker may be influenced to engage in high commission activity in order to satisfy personal debts. In addition, a broker’s inability to manage their own finances is relevant in a customer’s decision to use their services.
In May 2018 Johnston failed to respond to FINRA’s request for information and was suspended indefinitely.
In May 2018 a customer alleged that Johnston’s sales of alternative investments were unsuitable to the customer’s investment needs. The exact amount of damages cannot be determined. The claim settled for $35,000.