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A Claimant is Requesting Up to $5M in Damages For Northstar (Bermuda) Losses 

An older investor has filed a FINRA arbitration claim over losses she sustained in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) while working with Cetera Investment Services, LLC. The claimant is a retiree and a foreign national who had an account at a US bank. It was the bank that introduced her to the Cetera financial advisor.

Seeking to keep her assets safe, she entrusted the recommendations of her Cetera Investment Services broker, who then proceeded to unsuitably recommend Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), essentially overconcentrating 100% of her account with this offshore entity. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Financial Advisor is Named in Six-Figure Customer Dispute

Robert Brian Wolfe, who was a Goldman Sachs broker from July 2020 to October 2021, was recently dismissed by the broker-dealer. His firing came following allegations related to client communications involving market valuations and portfolio performance, as well as his handling of customer grievances without the firm’s knowledge or approval. 

A longtime financial advisor of 21 years in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Wolfe has been named in five customer disputes. According to sources, all of the claims that have been brought as of November 2021 are from his time as a Cetera Advisors Network broker from 2017 to 2020.  

Ohio Financial Advisor is Accused of Negligence and Unsuitability

Daniel James Lauletta, an MML Investors Services stockbroker and investment advisor, is currently named in three pending customer disputes, including one in which the claimant is requesting $1M in damages. The Broadview, Ohio financial advisor has worked in the industry for 25 years.

Our broker misconduct attorneys are looking into further claims of losses by current and former customers of Daniel Lauletta. Please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) so that we can help you determine whether you have grounds for a FINRA arbitration case to recover damages.

Ex-Arkadios Capital Financial Advisor is Accused of Unsuitability & Concentration

A former broker and investment advisor, Marc Frederick Korsch, is currently named in several pending customer disputes in which, as of November 2021,  the claimants are still seeking to recover $2.8M in damages.

Korsch was an Arkadios Capital financial advisor for six months until early September 2021. The investor claims naming him appear to be from his time with other broker-dealers including:

68 Customers To Receive Restitution From NY-Based Broker-Dealer, Aegis Capital 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has sanctioned Aegis Capital, which will pay about $2.8M for the excessive and unsuitable trading that allegedly took place in dozens of customers’ accounts. 

Of this amount, $1.7M in restitution will go to 68 customers who were potentially harmed. The remaining $1.1M is a fine the broker-dealer will pay for related supervisory violations involving Aegis brokers Roberto Birardi and Joseph Giordano

Financial Advisor May Have Unsuitably Recommended Off-Shore Annuities To Multiple Latin American Customers

If you are an investor who lost money after you were sold Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products, seek legal advice today as you may have grounds for a FINRA arbitration case. 

Our seasoned Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) attorneys are continuing to investigate Hancock Whitney Investment Services broker Robin Platt for selling and marketing investments of this off-shore entity to his customers. 

Hospitality Investors Trust Was One of the REITs Marketed

Cetera Advisors Network broker Jeffrey Gerard Meyers, an Overland Park, Kansas financial advisor, is named in two pending customer disputes. 

The claimants are accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations involving non-liquid real estate investment trusts (REIT). One of the products was Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT REIT), which declared bankruptcy after the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

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. 

FINRA Suspends New York-Based Financial Advisor for Nine Months

John Sebastion Cangialosi, currently an SW Financial broker, was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in September 2021 for nine months. The broker was ordered to pay $271,622 in restitution for allegedly engaging in unsuitable trading in three customer accounts during his time as a Worden Capital broker. 

The New York-based financial advisor has consented to the sanctions but without denying or admitting to the findings. Cangialosi also must pay a civil/administrative fee of $7,500. 

Senior Citizens Were Among Former Fairfield, NJ Financial Advisor’s Alleged Victims

Kenneth Andrews Welsh, an ex-Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, is now facing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges accusing him of misappropriating at least $2.86 million from brokerage firm customers and advisory clients.

Allegedly the financial advisor used victims’ money (including senior citizens) to pay credit card bills and buy precious metals, including gold coins. 

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