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Ex-Royal Alliance Broker Stole Money From Older Women With Disabilities

If you suffered losses while working with former Royal Alliance Associates broker, Gary Basralian, our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) want to talk to you. 

Gary Basralian, whom the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred in 2018, is currently in prison for fraud, including bilking older women who suffered from disabilities. Recently, Royal Alliance, an Advisor Group firm, agreed to pay $250K to settle a related regulatory case brought by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for not properly supervising Basralian. 

Michael Sievert is Now an Arkadios Capital Broker

If you were an investor who suffered losses from GPB Capital Holdings investments that were sold to you by broker Michael Sievert, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Sievert is currently an Arkadios Capital broker. Already, he is the subject of two customer disputes involving GPB private placements from his time when he was a Triad Advisors broker. 

Barred Woodbury Financial Services Broker Accused of Misrepresentations and Fraud

If you are an investor who lost money while Robert Hayes Hoffman was your financial representative, our broker misconduct lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to talk to you. Hoffman was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2017 and the Indiana Securities Division in 2018. He was a Woodbury Financial Services broker from 2006 and 2017. After that, for less than a year, he was a Thurston, Springer, Miller, Herd & Titak broker until the FINRA bar.

Hoffman’s BrokerCheck History notes that he has already been the subject of at least three customer disputes. One claim, alleging unsuitability, misrepresentations, breach of fiduciary duty, and selling away, was settled for $250K. Another customer dispute, which made similar allegations, including churning, was settled for over $1M. A third dispute, which accused Hoffman of recommending a variable annuity that was not only unsuitable for the claimant but also resulted in tax consequences for her, was settled for nearly $48K.

Centaurus Financial Broker Named In Multiple Customer Disputes 

If you suffered substantial investment losses while Centaurus Financial broker, Katherine Nishnic, was your registered representative, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm). We can help you determine whether you have grounds for a broker fraud case. According to her BrokerCheck record, Nishnic is already the subject of at least eight customer disputes

She has been in the industry for 25 years and a Centaurus broker for four years. Previous to that, Nishnic was registered as a broker for JP Turner and before that with GunnAllen Financial, First Allied Securities, DE Frey & Co., Merrill Lynch and Pierce Fenner and Smith.  

Former Pruco Securities Broker Accused of Borrowing Customers’ Money

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it is barring Joseph Viet Duy Phan, an ex-Pruco Securities broker, after he did not appear at a hearing in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO) probe into why he was fired by the broker-dealer. Phan was let go by Pruco for allegedly borrowing money from two clients’ accounts without firm approval. Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) is currently looking into potential investor claims against the former Pruco broker and his firm. If you lost money while working with Phan as your registered representative, contact our broker fraud lawyers today.

Phan was a Pruco broker from 2007 into 2018. Aside from allegedly borrowing money from clients’ accounts without authorization, he is also accused of trying to deposit one client’s insurance premium check into an account that was in his name.

NYPPEX Private Equity Fund Manager Accused Of $13M Investor Fraud 

Laurence G. Allen, the CEO of New York-based broker-dealer, NYPPEX Holdings LLC, is accused of defrauding investors of over $13M. New York Attorney General, Leticia James, filed a securities fraud lawsuit suing Allen, a private equity manager who is also a registered broker and a former investment advisor. 

If you were one of these investors that suffered losses from working with Laurence Allen, contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

GPB Capital Fraud Victim To Have Case Heard By FINRA 

An investor who lost significant sums after she was sold GPB Capital private placements by an Arkadios Capital broker will get her case heard before a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration (FINRA) panel in April 2020. 

This will likely be the first broker fraud complaint involving GPB investments to go before the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) arbitrators. 

SSEK Investigate Lincoln Investment Planning Broker, Lester Burroughs

If Lincoln Investment Planning investment advisor and broker, Lester Burroughs, worked with you as an investor and you suffered financial losses that you suspect may be due to fraud or negligence, please contact our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Burroughs, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in the criminal case against him, is currently at the center of a parallel US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint accusing him of defrauding retail investors. Now, the regulator is seeking a jury trial in its civil lawsuit against the Lincoln Investment Planning broker, who had been based out of Connecticut.  

Ex-Securities America Broker Investigated For Ponzi Scam Involvement

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it has permanently barred ex-Securities America broker, Ronald Roach, in the wake of his involvement in a $909M Ponzi fraud. 

Ronald Roach pleaded guilty last month to criminal fraud charges and is facing up to 10 years behind bars. According to InvestmentNews, Securities America fired him the day after he entered his plea. The SEC contends that Roach and Joseph Bayliss, a general building and electrical contractor, operated an alternative energy tax credit Ponzi scam associated with the company DC Solar. 

UBS Loses Another Puerto Rico Bonds & Closed-End Fund Case

More than six years after thousands of investors lost many millions of dollars from investing in Puerto Rico bonds and closed-end bond funds, UBS Puerto Rico (UBS-PR) is still being held to account for the financial losses faced by many of its clients. 

This includes one claimant who was recently awarded over $150,000 in compensation plus interest, other costs, and fees in her Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration case against the firm.  

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