Articles Tagged with Wells Fargo

shutterstock_12144202-300x200The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) broker Bryan Musso (Musso). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Musso has been subject to six customer disputes, one of which is still pending. The majority of these disputes concern unsuitable investment recommendations in retirement plans and in oil and gas securities. The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

Most recently, in December 2017, Musso was subject to a customer dispute in which a customer alleged that Musso placed the customer in unsuitable oil and gas securities. This dispute is currently still pending.

In May 2011, a customer alleged that Musso made poor, unsuitable retirement plan recommendations and placed the customer into unsuitable investments. The case was settled at $445,220.

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shutterstock_62862913-259x300The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) broker Peter Malis (Malis). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to BrokerCheck Records, Malis has been subject to five customer disputes, the majority concerning unsuitable investments in mutual funds, municipal bonds, and limited partnerships.

Most recently, in December 2017, a customer alleged that from February 2006 to December 2016, Malis placed the customer in unsuitable investments and executed trades in the account without the customer’s consent.

In September 2016, a customer alleged that from March 2002 to January 2016, Malis placed the customer in unsuitable investments and engaged in unauthorized trades and churning of the account. The case was settled at $1,100,000.

In May 1995, a customer alleged that Malis placed the customer in unsuitable mutual funds and limited partnerships. The case was settled at $12,500.

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shutterstock_95416924-300x225The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating previously registered broker David Manor (Manor). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Manor has been subject to two customer disputes concerning unsuitable investment recommendations and false representations of investments. One of these disputes is currently still pending. In addition, Manor has been subject to resignation from a previous employer.

Most recently, in April 2018, a customer alleged that in 2017, Manor recommended unsuitable investments to the customer. The customer requested $224,837.25 in damages. This dispute is currently still pending.

In January 2016, a customer alleged that Manor falsely represented investments to the customer by failing to disclose the surrender penalty to the investment. The customer further alleged that the investment was unsuitable to her financial status and needs, being that the funds were her only source of income. The customer requested $30,000 in damages.

shutterstock_66745735-300x200The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) broker Michael Morrissett (Morrissett). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulative Authority, Morrissett has been subject to 4 disputes, one of which is still pending. The majority of these concern unsuitable alternative investments.

Most recently, in April 2018, a customer alleged that from 2013 to 2015, Morrissett misrepresented two hedge funds by providing misleading information to the customer about the suitability of the funds, when in fact the hedge funds were unsuitable to the customer’s investment objectives. The customer has requested $2,300,000 in damages. This dispute is currently still pending.

in January 2014, a customer alleged that in 2000, Morrissett placed the customer into an unsuitable investment strategy that made the customer suffer vast losses in the global financial crisis. The case settled for $85,000.

shutterstock_85873471-300x200The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) broker Walter Stucker (Stucker). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulative Authority (FINRA), Stucker has been subject to three customer disputes, one of which is still pending. The majority of these disputes involve the false representation and unsuitable recommendation of securities in the energy sector and oil and gas limited partnerships.

In April 2018, a customer alleged that from 2011 to 2017, Stucker falsely represented the nature of sector securities to the customer by omitting the risks associated with the securities. The customer also alleged that Stucker unsuitably over-concentrated the customer’s funds into these investments. The customer has requested $600,000 in damages. This dispute is currently still pending.

In December 2017, a customer alleged that from July 2011 to December 2017, Stucker misrepresented the risky and volatile nature of oil and gas limited partnerships to the customer and unsuitably over-concentrated the customer into these investments.  The customer requested $632,907 in damages.

shutterstock_151894877-300x200The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating previously registered broker Paul Dangelo (Dangelo). According to BrokerCheck Records, Dangelo has been subject to six customer disputes, the majority concerning unauthorized trades and unsuitable investment recommendations in Puerto Rico bonds.   In addition, Dangelo has been subject to termination from two firms of employment.

In January 2017, a customer alleged that from March 2005 to January 2017, Dangelo placed the customer in high-risk, uninsured Puerto Rico bonds that were unsuitable for the customer’s investment needs and objectives considering the customers old age of 70 years old and retiree status.

In addition, in September 2016, a customer alleged that from March 2005 to February 2015, Dangelo placed the customer in unsuitable bonds that did not match the customer’s objectives of safe, passive income investments.

shutterstock_20354398-300x200The investment fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating previously registered broker Robert Meyers (Meyers).

According to the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) BrokerCheck records, in October 2017, Meyers was terminated from Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC (Wells Fargo) for recommending investments to customers that he did not notify the firm about.

In addition, Meyers has been subject to eight customer disputes. In August 2005, a customer alleged that Meyers failed to follow the customer’s instructions regarding the investment. The customer requested $1,000,000 in damages.

shutterstock_103476707-300x212According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Jeffrey Wilson (Wilson), employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo), has been subject to four customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wilson has been accused by a customers of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks that likely include master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The most recent claim was filed in August 2017 and alleges that Wilson in or around August 2014, recommended the purchase of unsuitable energy securities. The claim is currently pending.

In May 2016 another customer alleged that Wilson from June 2014 through November 2015 made unsuitable investments in oil and energy investments.  The customer’s claims were settled for $250,000.

shutterstock_115971289-269x300According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor William Paynter (Paynter), employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo), has been subject to two customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Paynter has been accused by a customers of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks that likely include master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The most recent claim was filed in June 2017 and alleges that Paynter made unsuitable investments from 2013 through 2014.  The customer alleges $500,000 in damages and the claim is currently pending.

In May 2017 another customer alleged that Paynter from 2010 through 2017 made unsuitable investments and over concentration in oil and energy investments.  The claim alleges the broker committed negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent supervision, and breach of contract causing $500,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

shutterstock_102242143-300x169According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Donald Devito (Devito) has been subject to 10 customer complaints.  Devito was formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors (Wells Fargo).  In December 2016 Wells Fargo terminated Devito claiming that the firm had concerns over the level of trading in client accounts.  In 2016 through 2017 Devito has had six complaints filed against him concerning the level of trading and fees generated in his accounts.  Customers have filed complaints alleging a number of securities law violations including that the broker engaged in churning (excessive trading), unauthorized trading, and unsuitable recommendations among other claims.

When brokers engage in excessive trading, sometimes referred to as churning, the broker will typical trade in and out of securities, sometimes even the same stock, many times over a short period of time.  Often times the account will completely “turnover” every month with different securities.  This type of investment trading activity in the client’s account serves no reasonable purpose for the investor and is engaged in only to profit the broker through the generation of commissions created by the trades.  Churning is considered a species of securities fraud.  The elements of the claim are excessive transactions of securities, broker control over the account, and intent to defraud the investor by obtaining unlawful commissions.  A similar claim, excessive trading, under FINRA’s suitability rule involves just the first two elements.  Certain commonly used measures and ratios used to determine churning help evaluate a churning claim.  These ratios look at how frequently the account is turned over plus whether or not the expenses incurred in the account made it unreasonable that the investor could reasonably profit from the activity.

The number of complaints against Devito are unusual compared to his peers.  According to newsources, only about 7.3% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records among brokers employed from 2005 to 2015.  Brokers must publicly disclose reportable events on their CRD customer complaints, IRS tax liens, judgments, investigations, and even criminal matters.  However, studies have found that there are fraud hotspots such as certain parts of California, New York or Florida, where the rates of disclosure can reach 18% or higher.  Moreover, according to the New York Times, BrokerCheck may be becoming increasing inaccurate and understate broker misconduct as studies have shown that 96.9% of broker requests to clean their records of complaints are granted.