The investment lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating customer complaints against broker Dennis Riordan (Riordan). According to Riordan’s BrokerCheck records there are at least 3 customer complaints against Riordan, 1 judgment or lien, and 2 criminal matters. The customer complaints against Riordan allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, excessive trading, and failure to follow instructions among other claims.
The most recent disclosure filed in February 2015 concerns a tax lien for $33,287. Tax liens and judgements are often a sign that the broker cannot manage their own personal finances and may be tempted to recommend high commission products or strategies to clients in order to satisfy debts. The most recent complaint against Riordan was filed in December 2013 and alleges an unsuitable recommendation in a private placement security.
Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client. In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements. First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.