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The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP recently filed a complaint with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of a former NFL athlete alleging that the brokerage firm Resource Horizons Group LLC (Resource Horizons) failed to supervise Robert Gist (Gist), one of the firm’s associated persons.

The claimant came to know Gist in the 1980s while playing in the NFL.  The claimant knew that his NFL earnings would provide him with enough money to save for his retirement and support his lifestyle after retiring from the NFL and wanted Mr. Gist to prudently manage the funds.  The claimant trusted Gist through many years of friendship and Gist was invited to the claimant’s family events and functions.

In 1991, Gist solicited the claimant to continue to invest with him at his new firm, Gist, Kennedy & Associates, Inc, (Gist, Kennedy) which also operated as a law firm.  According to the complaint, Gist told the claimant that he could invest the couple’s retirement assets and an educational trust the claimant established for the benefit of their children and produce an income of between 7 to 10%.

Robert Gist (Gist) was recently fined $5.4 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and barred from association with any broker-dealer by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Gist has been accused by both regulators of converting the funds of at least 30 customers in order to pay personal expenses and to fund the operations of a company controlled by Gist.

Gist resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the president of Gist, Kennedy & Associates, Inc., (Gist Kennedy) a law firm specializing in estate planning and investments.  Gist is licensed to practice law in Georgia and has represented professional athletes as a sports agent.  From approximately 2002 through early 2013, Gist was CEO and president ENCAP Technologies, LLC (ENCAP), a company with its principal place of business in Roswell, Georgia.  ENCAP is in the business of developing industrial coatings for metal surfaces to prevent corrosion.  Gist has been associated or registered with numerous brokerage firms since the 1980s.  Most recently, Gist was registered with Resource Horizons Group LLC from March 2001 until his December 2011.

On May 31, 2013, the SEC charged Gist and Gist Kennedy with defrauding at least 32 customers out of at least $5.4 million while acting as an unregistered broker from approximately 2003 to the present.  According to the SEC’s complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Gist told customers that he would invest their funds conservatively on their behalves in corporate bonds and other securities.  However, according to the SEC Gist invested none of the customer funds, but, instead, used the funds for his personal expenses.

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