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Investment Advisor Allegedly Defrauded Senior Investors to Fund Lavish Lifestyle

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against Mark Joseph Boucher, a California-based investment adviser, and his firm, Strategic Wealth Advisor Group Services. 

Boucher and Strategic Wealth Advisor Group are accused of stealing $2.2M from older customers, including one who had died. Now, the regulator wants permanent injunctions, civil penalties, and disgorgement with prejudgment interest.

Pending Customer Complaints Seek $250K and $1M, Respectively

If you or someone you love lost money while working with stockbroker Walter Roland Valenzuela, our investor attorneys want to speak with you. 

Valenzuela, who became a Kestra Investment Services broker this year, has been the subject of 10 customer complaints during his 27 years in the industry. The latest claim, brought in June, alleges elder abuse, misrepresentation, excessive trading, and unsuitable investment recommendations. The customer is seeking $250K in damages. 

FINRA Bars Ex-Registered Rep, Who Wouldn’t Cooperate In Investigation 

Christopher Duke Bennett, an ex-Hilliard Lyons broker, is barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Bennett has been the subject of 15 numerous securities fraud customer disputes over the years. 

The bar comes after he refused to cooperate in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe that was opened in the wake of several people accusing him of unauthorized trading and making unsuitable investment recommendations. Bennett also is no longer a registered investment adviser.

Former National Securities Stockbroker Named in Over 12 Customer Disputes

Thomas Edison Kelly, Jr., an Aegis Capital broker, has been the subject of a number of customer complaints between 2013 and 2020, three of which are still pending. 

Prior to working for Aegis Capital in 2018, Kelly was a National Securities broker for 10 years. Before that, he was with First Republic Group from 1998 to 2008. First Republic was expelled by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2019. According to a 2017 Reuters report analyzing FINRA data, National Securities is one of 48 firms that hire brokers with red flags on their record.

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. 

Diamond and Other Kalos Capital Brokers Are Accused of Broker Fraud 

Arni Diamond, who is now a registered representative with Dempsey Lord Smith,  is currently the subject of a pending $200K broker fraud claim accusing him of making unsuitable alternative investment recommendations reportedly while he was a Kalos Capital broker. 

Diamond is one of a number of financial representatives currently or formerly associated with Kalos who has been accused of marketing securities products to investors even when they were inappropriate for them.

National Securities Broker Investigated Over Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law firm) are looking into claims by investors who suspect that National Securities stockbroker Michael Burkoff recommended investments that were unsuitable for them. Burkoff is a registered representative with National Securities. He has been the subject of a number of customer complaints. 

Our seasoned securities fraud attorneys have been successful at representing investors from all over the United States in cases of broker fraud. If you are interested in finding out how you can recover investment losses, get in touch with us today. 

Cohn, Also A Former SEC Examiner, Is Charged With Obstruction

The criminal trial of Michael Cohn, the ex-GPB Capital Holdings chief compliance officer, has been postponed after he expressed concern that his pre-existing health conditions placed him at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Cohn is charged by federal prosecutors with obstruction of justice. The US government alleges that he took information about US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s investigation into the alternative asset firm, while he was still an SEC examiner, and shared it with GPB executives.

Broker-Dealer Comes Under Scrutiny Over Energy, Gas, and Oil Investment Recommendations 

If you are a retail or conservative investor, a retiree, or any other investor unwilling or unable to take on too much risk and a David Lerner Associates broker sold you oil, gas, and energy investments, our investment fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to offer you a free, no-obligation case consultation. 

Investors who recently invested in the following funds with David Lerner Associates may have been a victim of unsuitable sales practices and have grounds for a claim: 

FMSBonds May Not Have Apprised Frontier Communications Investors Of The Risks 

If you purchased Frontier Communications bonds from FMSBonds, also known as First Miami Securities, or any other bonds that have turned out riskier than what was represented to you, please contact our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Our investor law firm has been speaking to investors with complaints against the Florida-based municipal bond firm to help them determine whether they have grounds for a securities arbitration claims to recover their losses. 

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