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FINRA Barred New York Financial Advisor Following Unsuitability & Churning Allegations

If you have suffered investment losses while working with ex-Worden Capital Management broker Christ Elias Baltas, you may be able to pursue damages by filing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim. 

Baltas, who was based out of Melville, New York, is currently named in two pending customer disputes in which the claimants are seeking more than $614K in damage. FINRA barred him in 2020.  

Ex-Worden Capital Management Broker’s Customer is Seeking Over $200K in Damages

Joseph Paul Todaro, currently an SW Financial registered representative, is named in a customer dispute in which the claimant is reporting investment losses from excessive trading, failure to follow instructions, and poor services. The investor is seeking over $200K. 

This is not the first customer of the Melville, New York-based broker to accuse Todaro of excessive trading. As a matter of fact, three other claims brought by his customers make similar allegations. Also, from 2018 to 2020, Todaro was a registered representative with Worden Capital Management, which last year was subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) action related to the churning activities of its brokers. 

SRO Was Investigating Trading Activity in Customers’ Accounts

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred Salvatore Pizzimenti from the industry. The ex-Worden Capital Management broker was under investigation for trades made in customers’ accounts. The industry bar came after Pizzimenti refused to give testimony in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe into the allegations.

Salvatore Pizzimenti, a former New York broker, has six disclosures on his BrokerCheck record. Aside from the bar, the other five are customer disputes.

Worden Capital Management’s Settlement Includes $1.2M in Customer Restitution

In December 2020, Worden Capital Management, a New York-based broker-dealer, arrived at an over $1.5M settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over excessive trades made by the firm’s registered representatives. 

The self-regulatory organization (SRO) contends that from January 2015 to October 2019, the New York brokerage firm did not have the kind of supervisory system in place that would have allowed it to “achieve compliance” with rules having to do with churning and excessive trading.

FINRA Suspended New York Broker After Senior Investor Lost More Than $69K

Mack Leon Miller, a Spartan Capital Securities broker in New York, was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) earlier this year. The self-regulatory organization (SRO) found that Miller excessively traded in an older investor’s account while he was with Spartan and before that while registered as a broker with Dawson James Securities. 

Miller consented to the sanctions but without admitting to or denying the findings. In addition to the suspension, which lasted from May 4 to October 3, 2020, Miller was ordered to pay $2500 in restitution. According to his BrokerCheck record, now that his suspension is over, Mack Miller remains a registered Spartan Capital Securities stockbroker. 

Florida Pinnacle Investments Broker is Named in Two Pending Customer Disputes 

Paul Robert DiPietro, a broker with Pinnacle Investments in Boca Raton, has been named in at least 10 customer complaints over the 12 years. Two of these investor claims are recent and pending. 

In South Florida, our Boca Raton securities fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are speaking to current and former customers of Paul DiPietro throughout the United States who have suffered significant investment losses. 

Ex-New Hampshire Governor is Suing For Damages 

The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is looking into allegations brought by the state’s former governor, Craig Benson, who is accusing ex-Merrill Lynch brokers Dermod Cavanaugh and Charles Kenahan of churning his account and causing over $50M in damages that with market adjustments, he claims, is now over $100M. Benson filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against the broker-dealer and the two men.

Merrill Lynch is a Bank of America (BAC) subsidiary. Churning is when a broker makes excessive trades in a customer’s account in order to earn commissions.

Former LifeMark Securities Broker Gets Banned By FINRA 

If you are an investor who suffered losses while Stephen Carver handled your investments and wish to file an investor claim, our broker misconduct attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) want to talk to you. 

Carver, who most recently was a LifeMark Securities broker and before that a Cetera Advisors financial representative — Cetera and LifeMark both fired him — was just barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

Morgan Stanley Ordered To Pay Over $300K In Fines And Restitution

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, William Galvin, is ordering Morgan Stanley (MS) to pay a $200K fine, as well as $182K in restitution to four customers who suffered losses while working with former broker Justin E. Amaral. 

The ex-Morgan Stanley financial advisor was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2015. 

Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK”), a law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations against Financial West Group and its broker Daniel Gordon Maughan.

It is alleged that Maughan excessively traded and churned a client’s Trust Account at his member firm. A arbitration complaint has already been filed!  According to his brokercheck, Maughan has also been banned by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA).

The complaint alleges that by churning the customer’s trust account, Maughan willfully:

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