Articles Tagged with LPL Financial

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.

Previously, in June 2014 Pariser was discharged by SWS Financial Services, Inc. for potentially wrongfully exercising discretion in client accounts.  In addition, Pariser has had three customer complaints.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions.  Pariser’s public disclosures list no OBA activity.

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shutterstock_102217105-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Philip Nalesnik (Nalesnik), formerly associated with LPL Financial, LLC (LPL Financial) in Pottsville, Pennsylvania was terminated by the firm.  In July 2018 Nalesnik was discharged after the firm claimed that he was in violation of firm policy regarding outside business activities and failed to timely and completely respond to firm inquiries.

In addition, Nalesnik has several reported tax liens including a $4,573 lien in September 2017 and a $7,847.61 lien in July 2012.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and if such activity included private securities transactions.  Nalesnik’s public disclosures show that he operated Ridgeview Wealth Management a d/b/a entity.  In addition, Nalesnik owned Integrated Insurance Management LLC.

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shutterstock_190371500-300x200Former Thurston Springer Financial (Thurston Springer) advisor Donald Woods (Woods) has been subject to at least five customer complaints and one bankruptcy.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern variable annuities or 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 August 2018 Woods filed for bankruptcy.  A broker’s inability to manage their own finances is material information to investors in considering whether or not to use that person for financial advice.  In addition, financial distress may cause an advisor to have a conflict of interest and recommend investments for their own profit rather than their client’s best interests.

The most recent complaint was filed in August 2018 excessive selling of variable annuities, misrepresentations, and failing to disclose material facts.  The complaint alleges $153,554 in damages and is currently pending.

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shutterstock_145368937-300x225According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Suhail Khan (Khan), formerly associated with LPL Financial, LLC. (LPL Financial) in Chicago, Illinois was barred by FINRA.  In August 2017 Khan failed to respond to requests by FINRA for documents and information.

Thereafter, in May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that between 2013 and 2017, the advisor recommended unsuitable, speculative investments in the advisor’s own business, a hedge fund, oil and gas partnerships, and a real estate investment trust and that some of these investments were unregistered securities.

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and/or private securities transactions that Khan may have been involved in.  Khan’s disclosures state a number of OBAs including Omni Casualty and Property Insurance and SK Associates Financial.

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shutterstock_1081038-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Clifton Roberts (Roberts), formerly associated with LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) in Houston, Texas was terminated for cause by LPL Financial in April 2018 after the firm made allegations that Roberts violated of firm policy regarding outside business activities (OBAs).

At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs that Roberts was involved in.  According to Roberts’ public diclsoures the broker was part of number of OBAs including IDLife, Ursus Wealth Management – a d/b/a entity for his LPL Financial business, Ursus and Company – a real estate management and construction company which Roberts claims is not investment related.  In addition, an unnamed business for insurance is listed.  It is unknown whether LPL’s claims relate to any of these entities.

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shutterstock_61142644-300x225The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating Chelsea Financial Services (Chelsea Financial) broker George Warner (Warner). According to BrokerCheck Records, Warner has been subject to a regulatory matter in which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned Warner for the violation of the securities laws.  In addition, Warner has been subject to termination from two firms of employment and a customer complaint.

In November 2014, Warner was permitted to resign from NFP Advisor Services for changing customer documents and information after the clients had signed the documents.  In June 2013, Warner was discharged from LPL Financial LLC for getting customer signatures on account transfer forms that were blank.

Subsequently, in April 2017, FINRA found that Warner altered customer documents without customer knowledge or permission on over five occasions in which he included customer liquidity needs, net worth, annual income, alternative investment forms, and an IRA application. By altering the firm’s documents, Warner impeded on the firm’s ability to maintain accurate records. Without admitting or denying the findings, Warner consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings. Consequently, FINRA imposed a $5,000 fine and 30 day suspension.

In addition, Warner has been subject to a customer dispute. In August 2009.  a customer alleged that Warner purchased CIT bonds instead of CITI Corp bonds. The case was settled at $225,000.

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shutterstock_92699377-300x285The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating previously registered broker Sanders Spangler (Spangler). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulative Authority (FINRA), In February 2017, LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial) terminated Spangler for executing unauthorized trades in non-discretionary customer accounts. Shortly after, in March 2018, FINRA barred Spangler from financial industry due to Spangler’s failure to appear to an on-the-record testimony regarding the unauthorized trade allegations against Spangler at LPL Financial. By failing to appear to the testimony, Spangler was in violation of FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010. Without admitting or denying the findings, Spangler consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings. However, the extent of which Spangler executed unauthorized trades is still unclear.

Spangler has also been subject to six customer disputes within the past two years.  Two of these disputes are still pending.

In March 2018, Spangler’s ex-wife alleged that Spangler was forging her account documents. This dispute is currently still pending.

shutterstock_61848763-300x203The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating claims against LPL Financial broker Stephen Garrett (Garrett).  According to BrokerCheck records, Garret has been subject to two customer complaints.

Most recently, In February 2014, a customer alleged inappropriate investments and options trading in volatile stocks concentrated in the oil and energy sector and inconsistent with customer’s investment objectives.  This dispute settled for $62,500.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.

shutterstock_174495761-300x200According to BrokerCheck records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), broker Brent Van Lott (Lott) is being investigated for allegedly violating FINRA rules.  Lott has also been subject to three customer disputes.

In January 2016, a customer alleged Lott initiated trades without the customer’s written consent.  This dispute was settled for $50,000.

In March 2014, a customer alleged that a third party, acting in concert with Lott, forged the customer’s signature on contracts to acquire insurance policies.  This dispute is pending.

shutterstock_177577832-300x300According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Brian Royster (Royster), formerly associated with HD Vest Investment Services (HD Vest), in November 2017, was barred from the financial industry by FINRA concerning allegations that he borrowed funds from clients.  FINRA found that Royster consented to the sanction and findings that he refused to comply with a FINRA request for documents related to its investigation into the circumstances surrounding his termination from HD Vest. FINRA found that HD Vest filed a Form U5 terminating Royster’s registration and stating that he had violated its policy regarding borrowing money from clients.

In addition to the bar Royster has been subject to two customer complaints concerning his variable annuity sales practices.

At this time it is unclear the extent and scope of Royster’s securities violations and outside business activites.  The firm’s allegations concern borrowing of funds could be considered a private securities transaction – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”.