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shutterstock_26813263-300x199The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Jason LaBelle (LaBelle) has been accused by a securities regulator of potentially engaging in the sales of private securities among other allegations.  LaBelle was sanctioned by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) concerning his private securities and undisclosed outside business activity conduct.  According to BrokerCheck records, LaBelle was formerly registered with FINRA member firm LPL Financial LLC (LPL Financial).  If you have been a victim of LaBelle’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In January 2020 FINRA found that that LaBelle consented to the sanctions and findings that he participated in an outside business activity involving a real estate development project that was financed with money lent by one of his customers without providing prior written notice to his firm. FINRA found that LaBelle falsely confirmed that he had fully disclosed his outside business activities on two annual compliance questionnaires submitted to his firm.

In June 2017 a customer filed a complaint concerning LaBelle where the customer alleged that LaBelle violated the securities laws by alleging the advisor made misrepresentations on the terms of a promissory note he recommended Plaintiffs purchased in February 2016, and without authorization withdrew money to purchase the note from Plaintiffs’ taxed deferred accounts.  The complaint is currently pending.

According to LaBelle’s publicly disclosed records the he has several disclosed outside business activities including Berkshire Retirement Strategies (his d/b/a for LPL Financial), Brickhouse Mountain LLC (owner of office building), and Private Advisory Group (an RIA d/b/a).

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shutterstock_94632238The attorneys with the offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating customer complaints and The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently filed complaint alleging that Oregon-based investment firm Aequitas Management, LLC (Aequitas Management) and its subsidiaries operated a Ponzi-like scheme that defrauded its 1,500 customers of approximately $350 million.

Upon information and belief, the following firms sold Aequitas notes to clients: CONCERT Wealth Management, Summit Advisor Solutions, LLC, Private Advisory Group, Elite Wealth Management, Integrity Bank & Trust, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors (CLA Wealth Advisors), and Innovator Management LLC.

The SEC also alleged that the top three executives of Aequitas Management – CEO Robert Jesenik (Jesenik), executive vice president Brian Oliver (Oliver) and chief operating officer N. Scott Gillis (Gillis) were aware as early as 2014 that constraints in the company’s cash flow would make it difficult to meet existing obligations but continued to raise money anyway based on false premises in order to prop up the company.

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