Articles Tagged with Wunderlich Securities

shutterstock_157506896-300x300The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating previously registered broker Richard Minichino (Minichino). According to BrokerCheck Records, Minichino has been subject to a pending customer dispute concerning roll-over annuities. In addition, Minichino has been subject to 4 tax liens and termination from employment at Next Financial Group, Inc. (Next Financial).

In April 2018, a customer alleged that Minichino unsuitably recommended the customer to roll over IRA annuities into other investments multiple times. The customer is requested $70,000 in damages. This dispute is currently still pending.

In February 2018, Minichino was terminated from Net Financial for trading customer’s accounts in an unsuitable manner that did not match with the investor’s needs or objectives.

shutterstock_191231699-300x200The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating claims against Wunderlich Securities, Inc. (Wunderlich Securities) broker Derrick Watts (Watts). According to BrokerCheck records, Watts has been subject to a regulatory matter in which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned Watts for various violations of the securities laws including churning, otherwise known as excessive trading.  In March 2016, FINRA found that Watts failed to report his involvement in four unsatisfied civil judgments from 2009 to 2013 on his U4 registration form. Without admitting or denying the findings, Watts consented to the sanctions and the entry of findings. In April 2016, Watts was suspended for three months.

In addition to the FINRA sanctions, Watts has been subject to three customer complaints and two financial disclosures – including filing for bankruptcy and a tax lien.

In February 2016, Watts was discharged for bankruptcy due to failure in a real estate development that he was involved in. Bankruptcies and large tax liens are a potential sign that the advisor has difficulty managing their own finances. FINRA provides this information to the public because it is material for consumers to know whether or not their advisor’s financial situation influences the advisor’s recommendations.

shutterstock_20354398-300x200The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating customer complaints and a FINRA enforcement action with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) against broker Michael Hebner (Hebner). According to BrokerCheck records, Hebner has been subject to five customer complaints and one employment termination for cause. The customer complaints against Hebner allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading among other claims.

Hebner was terminated in January 2015 by Wunderlich Securities, Inc. on allegations that Hebner failed to follow firm procedures regarding the approval and retention of correspondence.  The most recent claim was filed in January 2017 alleging Hebner made unsuitable recommendations from 2010 until 2014.  The customer claims that the activity caused $429,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client.  In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements.  First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors.  Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.

shutterstock_50740552-300x200Our securities fraud attorneys are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Howard Brous (Brous) currently associated with Wunderlich Securities, Inc. (Wunderlich) alleging unsuitable investments, common law fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty among other claims.  According to brokercheck records Brous has been subject to six customer complaints, 14 regulatory sanctions, and one employment separation for cause.  The majority of Brous’ regulatory sanctions involve multiple state regulators seeking heightened supervision plans and otherwise restricting Brous’ activities.

In August 2016 a customer filed a complaint stating that they had maintained an account with Brous for over 10 years and that his accounts were over concentrated in unsuitable securities.  The customer alleged damages of $2,500,000.  The claim is currently pending.

Brokers in the financial industry have the fundamental responsibility to treat investors fairly.  This obligation includes making only suitable investments for their client.  The suitable analysis has certain requirements that must be met before the recommendation is made.  First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation for the investment based upon the broker’s and the firm’s investigation and due diligence.  Common due diligence looks into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, the issuer, the likelihood of success or failure of the investment, and other relevant factors.  Second, if there is a reasonable basis to recommend the product to investors the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives.  These factors include the client’s age, investment experience, retirement status, long or short term goals, tax status, or any other relevant factor.

shutterstock_176283941The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Bassam Salem (Salem).  According to BrokerCheck records Salem has been subject to at least two customer complaints.  The customer complaints against Salem allege securities law violations that including unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, and breach of fiduciary duty among other claims.   The most recent claim involves allegations over oil and gas investments and UITs and was filed in May 2016 seeking $281,000 in damages.

Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client.  In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements.  First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors.  Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.

Salem entered the securities industry in 1986.  From 1992 through January 2011 Salem was registered with UBS Financial Services, Inc.  Finally, from January 2011 until August 2016 Salem was associated with Wunderlich Securities, Inc. out of the firm’s Birmingham, Michigan office location.

shutterstock_188631644According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Michael Lipscomb (Lipscomb) has been the subject of at least four customer complaints and two criminal matters over the course of his career. Customers have filed complaints against Lipscomb alleging securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, negligence, unauthorized trading, and excessive trading among other claims.

Lipscomb entered the securities industry in 1992. From March 2007 until August 2014, Lipscomb was associated with Wunderlich Securities, Inc. Lipscomb is currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. out of the firm’s Orlando, Florida office.

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_115971289The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been following the collapse of a series of mutual funds managed by Cushing Asset Management. The funds involved include:

Cushing Closed-End Funds

Cushing Renaissance Fund

shutterstock_188269637The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned broker Marc Evans (Evans) concerning allegations that between October 2006 and October 2012, Evans participated in private securities transactions, also referred to as “selling away”, without prior approval of his brokerage firm. In addition, FINRA found that Evans did not disclose his membership on the board of directors of a corporation.

Marc W. Evans entered the securities industry in 1978. From November 2005 through December 2012, Evans was registered with brokerage firm Sanders Morris Harris, Inc. (Sanders Morris). Thereafter, Evans became associated with Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

FINRA alleged that between October 2006 and October 2007, Evans introduced 11 of his brokerage clients to invest in a company called Global Safety Labs, Inc. (GSL), a Tulsa, Oklahoma company. GSL develops and manufactures fire-retardant products. FINRA found that the eleven clients ultimately invested a combined total of $3,430,000 in GSL stock shares. FINRA found that Evans received commissions totaling $79,500 from GSL from these sales.