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Financial Independence President & Ex-Dallas, Texas Financial Advisor Was Barred by FINRA 

Dana Bruce Vietor, a former CFD Investment Services registered representative is under scrutiny following multiple allegations of broker misconduct that have led to customer losses. The latest still pending claims were brought by investors seeking to collectively recover more than $3M in damages.

According to his LinkedIn, Vietor is the President of Financial Independence Corp. in Dallas, Texas. He also is a manager of SRS Management, LLC. 

Similar Determination Made in Wind Up Proceedings for Old Mutual (Bermuda) 

Bermuda’s Chief Justice Narinder Hargun and Joint Provisional Liquidators (JPLs) are in agreement that representatives will be appointed for every creditor class in the liquidation proceedings for both Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), Ltd. and Omnia, Ltd., which was formerly Old Mutual (Bermuda)

The Supreme Court of Bermuda also provided direction to the JPLs, after the latter determined that issues related to the assessment of asset segregation among the different kinds of investors could impact how much they all stood to recover. 

Civil Lawsuit is Latest Legal Trouble For Convicted Businessman, Greg Lindberg

Greg Lindberg, the owner of Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), is the defendant in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff is demanding that he pay $524M to honor an agreement between two insurers. These insurers are PB Life and Annuity Company, and Universal  Life Insurance Company (ULICO), which is a Puerto Rico entity. 

This is the latest legal woe to hit Lindberg, who is serving time in prison for wire fraud, bribery, and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. The Durham, North Carolina resident is the founder of Eli Global, LLC and Global Bankers Insurance Group, which acquired:

Northstar Bermuda Hearing Will Take Place in San Francisco, California

Two claimants from Tokyo, Japan are pursuing up to $500K in damages from UnionBanc Investment Services, LLC. The investors, who are related, contend that their UnionBanc broker overconcentrated all of their assets in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) and caused them significant six-figure investment losses.

Our investor fraud attorneys are representing these Japanese investors in their FINRA arbitration claim. A panel of three arbitrators will hear their case in San Francisco, California. 

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.  

Customers of San Francisco Financial Advisor Seek More Than $62 Million in Damages 

Our broker misconduct attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are continuing to investigate claims of losses involving ex-J.P. Morgan Securities stockbroker, Edward L. Turley. 

Although Turley’s BrokerCheck record notes that he is still registered with the brokerage firm, reports indicate that the San Francisco-based financial advisor is no longer with J.P. Morgan. AdvisorHub reports that according to sources, he either left the broker-dealer or was fired.

$400K UBS YES FINRA Arbitration Awarded to Investors in Baltimore, Maryland  

In one of the first in-person arbitration in the last 18 months, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded two investors $405K in their UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy claim against UBS Financial (UBS).  

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) represented these UBS YES strategy investors in their FINRA arbitration case, which was heard in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Glacier Point Advisors Managing Partner is Ordered to Pay Customers More Than $1.2M in Restitution 

Kevin Marshall McCallum, a former LPL Financial stockbroker and the Managing Partner of Glacier Point Advisors has been suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for a year.

McCallum is ordered to pay over $1.2M, along with interest, in deferred restitution to customers. He is currently facing more than $4.8M in FINRA arbitration claims from investors for their losses. 

Retiree Suffers Significant Losses in PB Investment Holdings on Recommendation of Cetera Financial Advisor 

A Chinese national has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim over losses she suffered after a Cetera Investment Services advisor unsuitably recommended and sold a PB Investment Holdings annuity to her. 

The Bermuda-based off-shore investment (affiliated with Northstar Bermuda) was touted as safe and low risk. That entity is in liquidation and has caused this claimant, who is a retiree, significant losses. She is now seeking six figures in damages from Cetera Financial.

Barred SagePoint Financial Broker Accused of Selling Away

Grant Christopher Birkley, an ex-SagePoint Financial stockbroker, is named in two pending customer disputes. He is accused of selling investment products that were not approved by his firm. 

SagePoint Financial fired him last August after he admitted to making referrals to an external manager without the broker-dealer’s approval. In June, FINRA barred Birkley indefinitely after he declined to provide documents and information related to the self-regulatory authority’s probe into his termination by SagePoint. 

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