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shutterstock_128856874The securities fraud lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a regulatory complaint (Disciplinary No. 1013038289101) filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) against broker James Nixon (Nixon). FINRA alleged that Nixon failed to provide prior written notice to Bridge Capital Associates, Inc. (Bridge Capital), his then employing brokerage firm, before selling $600,000 of convertible promissory notes – practice referred to as “selling away” in the industry. FINRA found that Nixon provided detailed written notice to Bridge Capital only after he had already disseminated investor presentations to approximately 40 potential investors and completed sales to three accredited investor. In addition, FINRA alleged that Nixon provided investor presentations that contained exaggerated and misleading statements about the issuer of the promissory notes, by the initials BRT, and failed to include a meaningful risk disclosure.

Nixon entered the securities industry in 1987. Nixon was registered with Bridge Capital Associates since December 2007 until September 2013, when Bridge Capital discharged Nixon in connection with the conduct concerning FINRA’s allegations. Shortly after Bridge Capital terminated his registrations Nixon became registered with a different firm, Source Capital Group, Inc. out of the firm’s Westport, Connecticut office location.

FINRA found that the promissory notes were offered without a PPM and that instead the notes were offered through an investor PowerPoint presentation that Nixon prepared in conjunction with the issuer. FINRA found that the investor presentation was devoid of any cautionary language specific to the promissory notes and that the prospects for notes were presented in very optimistic terms and stated financial projections at aggressive multiples without sources or support for such representations. FINRA found these representations to violate its communications rules.

shutterstock_187532303According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Robert Turpin (Turpin) was recently discharge from Source Capital Group, Inc. (Source Capital) relating to the firm’s allegations that Turpin engaged in unapproved and undisclosed outside business activities – also referred to in the industry as “selling away.”

It is unclear the nature of the outside business activities from publicly available information at this time. However, Turpin’s Brokercheck disclosures reveal numerous outside business activities including:

  • Tartesso West Multi Family LLC

shutterstock_185582The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently brought a complaint against Source Capital Group, Inc. (Source Capital) broker Donald Saccomano (Saccomano) alleging misconduct in connection with suitability, false representation, and failure to supervise claims relating to Direct Participation Products, limited partnerships, and municipal debt securities. FINRA has not released detailed information concerning the pending complaint but this is only one of several recent actions FINRA has taken against Source Capital and its financial advisors in recent years.

As we recently reported, FINRA filed a complaint against former Source Capital broker Joseph Hooper (Hooper) alleging that Hooper was working for a company called the iPractice Group, Inc. (iPractice) in a capacity that included solicited and participating in the sale of iPractice stock to customers. In that complaint FINRA alleged that Hooper was compensated for his activities. FINRA alleged that Hooper participated in 53 private securities transactions involving 41 investors or investor groups and a total of $3,400,648 worth of iPractice stock. In return, FINRA alleged that Hooper received $425,081 and more than 21,000 shares of iPractice stock as compensation for his activities.

Previously, our firm wrote about supervisory and disclosure issues at Source Capital, including FINRA’s action against Source Capital and certain principals concerning the failure of the firm’s brokers to adequately disclose material facts and the transaction of sales through misstatements. The allegations in FINRA’s action concerned certain oil and gas partnership interests in Blue Ridge Securities (Blue Ridge) and Argyle Securities. (Argyle) offered by Source Capital.

shutterstock_180341738The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently filed a complaint against former Source Capital Group, Inc. (Source Capital) broker Joseph Hooper (Hooper) alleging that Hooper was serving as the Director of Investor Relations for a company called the iPractice Group, Inc. (iPractice) and that in such capacity, Hooper participated in the sale of iPractice stock and was compensated for that participation without notifying Source Capital of these activities. FINRA alleged that Hooper participated in 53 private securities transactions involving 41 investors or investor groups and a total of $3,400,648 worth of iPractice stock. In return, FINRA alleged that Hooper received $425,081 and more than 21,000 shares of iPractice stock as compensation for his activities.

This is not the first time our firm has written about supervisory and disclosure issues at Source Capital. Our firm has previously written concerning FINRA’s action against Source Capital concerning the agency’s findings that certain Source Capital brokers failed to adequately disclose material facts and made sales through misstatements in oil and gas partnership interests in Blue Ridge Securities (Blue Ridge) and Argyle Securities. (Argyle).

In FINRA’s recent action, when Hooper became associated with Source Capital in May 2012, he was also the Director of Investor Relations for iPractice, a medical technology company. FINRA alleged that Hooper remained the Director of Investor Relations for iPractice throughout the time he was associated with Source. iPractice raised funds for its operations by selling stock in the company through exempt private placement securities offerings. FINRA alleged that Hooper participated in the solicitation and sale of iPractice stock to investors. In addition, Hooper was listed by iPractice as a promoter on an amended Form D filed with the SEC on May 18, 2012.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently sanctioned Source Capital Group (Source Capital) registered representatives Kevin Cline (Cline), Robert Burr (Burr), Vincent Christopher (Christopher), and Thomas Gilleland (Gilleland).  FINRA’s findings concerned allegations that the brokers failed to adequately disclose material facts and made sales through misstatements in oil and gas partnership interests in Blue Ridge Securities (Blue Ridge) and Argyle Securities. (Argyle).

According to FINRA, from at least October 11, 2006, and December 17, 2012, the named brokers violated the federal securities laws and FINRA rules in connection with selling Blue Ridge and Argyle offerings.  Cline is the branch office manager for Source Capital’s Bowling Green, Kentucky branch office on Adams Street and Burr managed the Wright Street office where Christopher and Gilleland were brokers.  Source Capital’s Adam Street branch office was the sole seller of private placement offerings of oil and gas securities issued by Blue Ridge’s limited partnerships all of which were managed by Blue Ridge Group, Inc.  Source Capital’s Wright Street branch office was the sole seller of private offerings of Argyle limited partnerships managed by Argyle Energy, Inc.   Blue Ridge and Argyle were both housed at the Adams Street branch office and were owned by Robert “Bob” Burr, the father of Burr as the controlling stockholder and former officer of both Blue Ridge and Argyle.

FINRA alleged that Cline failed to adequately disclose material information in selling Blue Ridge to investors.  Specifically, FINRA found that Blue Ridge gave money to Cline that Cline used to pay Source Capital representatives a $2,000 monthly salary in advance of their draws which were not always repaid.  FINRA concluded that the failure to adequately disclose that Cline used Blue Ridge funds to pay compensation to Source representatives was a material omission in violation of FINRA Rule 2010 and NASD Rule 2110, and Section 17(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1 933, 15 U.S.C. § 77q(a)(2).