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shutterstock_113872627-300x300Former Sandlapper Securities, LLC (Sandlapper) and Independent Financial Group, LLC (Independent Financial) broker Kyusun “Kenny” Kim (Kim) has been subject to at least 23 customer complaints and one regulatory action.  According to a BrokerCheck report many of the customer complaints concern 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 June 2018 FINRA barred Kim from the securities industry after making findings of unsuitable recommendations to numerous senior customers to concentrate their retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid securities.  FINRA found that Kim recommended customers to invest in speculative and illiquid investments that were inconsistent with the customers’ moderate or conservative investment objectives and risk tolerances. FINRA found that these recommendations caused Kim’s customers to have an undue concentration of the customers’ retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid investments. FINRA also found that Kim falsified client information on important forms by entering inaccurate and inflated net worth, liquid net worth, and investment experience figures for certain customers so that they appeared eligible to purchase speculative investments.

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shutterstock_186468539The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are interested in speaking with investors of broker Kenneth Bolton. According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Kenneth Bolton (Bolton) has been the subject of at least 10 customer complaints, and 1 regulatory action, and one employment separation for cause. The customer complaints against Bolton allege securities law violations that including unsuitable investments, fraud, misrepresentations, failure to perform due diligence, violation of federal and state securities laws, and breach of fiduciary duty among other claims.

The most recent complaint was filed in January 2015, and alleged $413,000 in losses due to an unsuitable investment strategy. Another investor in May 2014, claimed $2,700,000 in damages.  Some of the customer complaints appear to be in connection with in connection with the sales of tenants-in-common (TICs).

Bolton entered the securities industry in 1983. From March 1995, until August 2007, Bolton was associated with First Montauk Securities Corp. From August 2007, until December 2009, Bolton was associated with National Securities Corporation. Presently, Bolton is associated with Sandlapper Securities, LLC out of the firm’s Greenville, South Carolina branch office location.

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