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shutterstock_139932985According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Randy Birkinbine (Birkinbine) has been the subject of at least 2 customer complaints, 4 judgements or liens, and 1 employment separation for cause. Customers have filed complaints against Birkinbine alleging securities law violations including claims of unsuitable investments among other claims.   In addition, Birkinbine has six tax liens. The most recent tax lien dated December 23, 2013, is for $43,725. Previous tax liens in 2009, 2010, and May 2013 are for $51,670, $85,246, and $131,595 respectively. 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. Birkinbine was also terminated by Invest Financial Corporation (Invest) for cause stating that the firm alleged that Birkinbine violated firm policy by having multiple new account documents incomplete.

Birkinbine entered the securities industry in 1990. From June 2007, until June 2011, Birkinbine was registered with Workman Securities Corporation. From June 2011 onward Birkinbine has been associated with Ausdal Financial Partners, Inc. out of the firm’s Woodbury, Minnesota office location.

All advisers have a fundamental responsibility to deal fairly with investors including making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.

shutterstock_69882820The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint against former FINRA registered broker Levi Lindemann (Lindemann) alleging that from about September 2009, to August 2013, Lindemann, a resident of Minnesota, fraudulently raised at least $976,000 from six investors located in Wisconsin including elderly individuals and a member of his own family among other allegations.

Previously, Lindemann was a FINRA registered broker with several brokerage firms beginning in 2001. From March 2008 until October 2009, Lindemann was associated with United Equity Securities, LLC. Then, from October 2009 until November 2010, Lindemann was a broker for Workman Securities Corporation. Thereafter, from November 2010 until March 2012, Lindemann was associated with J.P. Turner & Company, L.L.C. (JP Turner).

According to the SEC’s complaint Lindemann told investors that their money would be used to purchase a variety investments, including 1) secured notes in Home Path Financial LP (Home Path), a Wisconsin-based real estate investment company; 2) notes issued by GWG Life, LLC (GWG Life); and 3) interests in a unit investment trust through Lindemann’s sole proprietorship, Alternative Wealth Solutions (AWS). The SEC alleged that none of these investments were ever made.