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Family Trust to Receive Compensatory Damages From Broker-Dealer 

In its Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Raymond James & Associates and former broker Paul Anthony Steffany, the Angelina J. Cuccaro Family Trusted was awarded $320K in compensatory damages. 

The claimant contends that it was the victim of broker negligence and the firm’s failure to supervise.  The former Connecticut broker was barred by the self-regulatory organization (SRO) in 2015.  

K-1 Tax Documents Delayed Past Tax Deadline

In the latest GPB Capital news, the firm has notified investors of its GP Holdings II, LP fund that they won’t be getting their 2019 Schedule K-1 tax documents ahead of or by July 15, 2020, which is when US tax filings are due this year. The filing deadline was extended by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from its usual April 15 date as part of the US government’s COVID-19 relief. 

This is the latest delay by the alternative asset firm, which has yet to provide key financial statements to investors and regulators for the past few years and is accused of operating a more than $1.5 B Ponzi scam. 

Crown Capital Securities Broker Was Recently Named in Four FINRA Arbitration Claims  

Dennis Haywood, a Crown Capital Securities broker, is now named in four customer disputes, all of which were filed in the last two months with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Haywood is also a Purepath Wealth Management investment adviser. 

The claimants are accusing him of making inappropriate investment recommendations of non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs), non-traded business development companies (BDCs), alternative investments, and variable annuities (VA).

Did Brokers Recommend This Unregistered Security Because of High Commissions?

Investors who backed Moody National REIT II, a nontraded real estate investment trust, are now grappling with losses sustained after this investment significantly plunged in value and the company’s public offering and distribution payments were suspended. 

Nontraded REITs, which are very high risk, are not for every investor, and yet the 7% commission the REIT paid stockbrokers may have been incentive enough to recommend them to customers even when they weren’t in the latter’s best interests.

Investor Sues Kalos Capital Over GPB Capital Losses

A widower retiree in his eighties is suing Kalos Capital for losses he suffered in GPB Capital Holdings’ private placements and other risky investments that were recommended to him by Kalos broker, Jason Mosher.  

The claimant contends that Mosher, who operates his business under the name Sheppard Mosher but is an employee of Kalos, overconcentrated his IRA in GPB investments and other risky securities including private Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and privately traded securities. Now, this elderly investor is seeking up to $500K in damages.

Claimants Lose Retirement Funds in Complex Options Trading Strategy

A retired couple is suing UBS Financial Services (UBS) after they sustained at least $800,000 in losses from investing in the firm’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES). 

The investors contend that their UBS broker made misrepresentations and omissions when recommending this unsuitable investment strategy to them and discouraged them from leaving the YES program even as their losses mounted. Now, the investors are seeking up to $1,000,000 in damages, losses, and other costs.

SSEK Investigating Financial Advisor That Recommended Unsuitable MLPs To Investors 

Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, a law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations against financial advisors that concentrated their clients in Alerian MLP ETF (“AMLP”) and other oil & gas related master limited partnerships (“MLPs”) amid the significant downturn in oil prices since February.  

What Is The AMLP Fund? 

Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, investors are finding themselves hit with huge investment losses, especially over the last few months as COVID-19 has shut down the economy, rattled the markets, and caused an oil price war. 

While the Coronavirus has negatively impacted many investments, you should know that some of these losses also may be due to broker fraud or negligence. Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) can help you determine whether this is the case and if it means that you have grounds for an investor claim to recover your losses. Contact us today to request your free, no-obligation consultation. 

Investment Losses Reasons That May Be Grounds for a San Francisco Broker Fraud Claim

Many Older San Francisco Investors Remain Vulnerable to Securities Fraud 

As a retiree or a senior investor living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are red flags to look out for that may indicate that you’ve become the victim of senior investor fraud. 

Unfortunately, older investors remain a favorite target of fraudsters eager to take advantage of an elderly customer’s inexperience or health issues while availing themselves of the latter’s retirement funds and other savings. 

Becoming the victim of securities fraud in San Francisco can lead to devastating financial losses and there are steps that you can take to prevent that from happening. Even if your broker is registered with a known brokerage firm, there are questions you should ask and due diligence you can do to protect yourself and your investments.

How To Protect Yourself Against Securities Fraud

Below, we discuss the steps you need to put in place to ensure that you are fully protected when dealing with a broker or brokerage firm based in San Francisco. 

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