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Cetera and Other Broker-Dealers May Have Unsuitably Sold St. George’s Ltd Products to Customers

Our broker misconduct lawyers are looking into claims of losses by investors who were marketed and sold products from St. George’s, Ltd. The Bermuda-based life insurance company has been in liquidation proceedings since 2019. Its owner, Ramesh Dusoroth, is accused of defrauding investors of millions of dollars. 

The joint provisional liquidators in this endeavor involving St. George’s Ltd. are John Johnston and Rachel Frisby of Deloitte, Ltd. Both of them are also involved in the liquidation proceedings of Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), another offshore company that has been the cause of investment losses for many foreign nationals. Northstar (Bermuda) owner Greg Lindberg is now in prison, and he also likely misappropriated investors’ money. 

Latin American Investor Pursuing Up to $500K in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Damages 

An older Latin American investor who was unsuitably recommended and sold a Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) product is requesting up to $500K in damages from Ocean Financial Services. The claimant, who initially just had accounts at Ocean Bank, was advised to invest her money beyond checking and bank accounts. 

This would result in Ocean Financial Services overconcentrating a huge chunk of assets belonging to her and her mother in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), which is now defunct. Not only that, but the firm should have never recommended these products to this investor after 2015, which is when she moved to the United States. 

GWG L Bonds FINRA Arbitration Claim Requests Up to $500K in Damages

A retired couple from Republic, Missouri, has filed a six-figure claim against Center Street Securities over losses sustained in GWG Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GWGH). Both inexperienced investors with health issues, the claimants had entrusted the brokerage firm with keeping their money safe. 

Instead, their Center Street Securities broker Joe Latour, a registered investment advisor with the Latour Financial Group, unsuitably recommended and sold them GWG L Bonds. He did this while neglecting to give a full picture of the risks. Now, these investors are pursuing up to $500K in damages for their losses.

Cetera Broker-Dealer Unsuitably Recommended Non-Traded REITs to Retired Couple

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) and Menzer & Hill, PA, are pleased to announce that a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded our clients a $2.6M award against First Allied Securities. This includes $1.1M in compensatory damages, $818K in market-adjusted damages, more than $660K in legal fees, and $40K in other expenses.

This was a unanimous decision by the three-person panel of arbitrators, which awarded the retired couple the total amount they requested. The arbitration panel was just as troubled as our knowledgeable broker misconduct attorneys were about the actions of First Allied Securities and its financial advisors. First Allied is a Cetera Financial Group broker-dealer. 

Texas-Based GWG Holdings and its Directors Are Defendants in Class-Action Lawsuit

Two investors seeking class-action status have filed a lawsuit against GWG Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GWGH). They are accusing the Texas-based alternative asset manager and investor of life settlements, as well as its directors, of making misrepresentations and omissions in offering documents of its L Bonds. 

GWGH sold more than $350M of these high-yield bonds between August 2020 and April 2021, when sales were discontinued due to liquidity problems. The company also failed to submit its 2020 yearly report in a timely manner. In February 2022, GWG Holdings defaulted on $3.25M of principal payments plus $10.35M of interest owed to L Bond investors. 

California Retiree Was Unsuitably Recommended Illiquid, Risky Investments

An elderly Los Angeles investor has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against FSC Securities Corporation over investment losses suffered. He was unsuitably recommended certain high-risk investments, including Northstar Healthcare Income REIT (also known as Northstar Healthcare REIT) and FS Energy and Power Fund (FSEP). Now, this claimant is seeking up to six figures in damages. 

Our REIT lawyers are representing this investor in his FINRA arbitration claim. If you suffered losses and suspect that your FSC Securities broker may have been negligent, please get in touch with SSEK Law Firm today. We can help you explore your legal options.

SSEK Law Firm Represented Client of Fired J.P. Morgan Securities Broker, Ed Turley, and Wins $4 Million FINRA Arbitration Award

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in Houston, Texas has awarded a client of Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) $4 million in compensatory damages over losses she sustained while working with ex-J.P. Morgan Securities stockbroker, Edward Turley

Not only did this ex-San Francisco-based financial advisor unsuitably invest her in products that were too risky, but he and the firm also used a complex strategy that involved borrowing on margin without her knowledge.  Tragically, the client lost millions of dollars while Ed Turley and J.P. Morgan profited significantly from her account.

Former New Jersey Financial Advisor Allegedly Targeted Florida Doctors

James Alan Seijas, an ex-Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) beginning November 2, 2021. The former New Jersey investment advisor did not provide information in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) investigation into his alleged involvement in an over $33M Ponzi scam.

Seijas, ex-UBS broker Michael Ackerman, and general surgeon Quan Tran are accused of running a cryptocurrency scam that targeted mostly Florida doctors through the entity Q3 Trading Club from 2017 to 2019. This would have been during Seijas’ time as a Wells Fargo registered representative. 

Couple’s FINRA Arbitration Claim Seeks Up to $500K in Damages

A retired couple from Payson, Utah have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Woodbury Financial Services over losses they sustained while investing in GPB Capital Holdings LLC, CIM REIT, and other privately traded entities. Now, they are seeking up to $500K in damages.

Our investment fraud lawyers are representing these investors in their FINRA arbitration claim against Woodbury. This is one of many securities cases we have filed against the broker-dealers that enriched themselves in the alleged $1.7B Ponzi scheme. The hearing will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FINRA Arbitration Hearing Will Take Place in Boca Raton, Florida

An elderly Venezuelan investor is seeking six figures in damages from Truist Investment Services (aka SunTrust Investment Services) over losses he suffered in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). The claimant contends that the firm overconcentrated his account by heavily investing his life savings in this off-shore entity, which is now undergoing liquidations proceedings after filing for bankruptcy. 

This is one of a number of FINRA arbitration claims that our Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) have filed against Truist Investment Services and other US-based brokerage firms for unsuitably marketing Northstar (Bermuda). 

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