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Crown Capital Securities Broker Was Recently Named in Four FINRA Arbitration Claims  

Dennis Haywood, a Crown Capital Securities broker, is now named in four customer disputes, all of which were filed in the last two months with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Haywood is also a Purepath Wealth Management investment adviser. 

The claimants are accusing him of making inappropriate investment recommendations of non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs), non-traded business development companies (BDCs), alternative investments, and variable annuities (VA).

FINRA Accuses SunTrust Investment Services of Failing to Properly Supervise Brokers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has ordered SunTrust to pay $634K to settle charges accusing the broker-dealer of not properly supervising 17 of its brokers when they recommended that customers hold non-traditional exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for long periods–a practice that can lead to losses especially when there is market volatility. 

Of this settlement, $50K is a fine and $584,466 is restitution. SunTrust Investment Services, which is owned by Trust Bank, agreed to the sanctions but without denying or admitting to the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) findings. 

Fired Wells Fargo Representative is Barred by FINRA

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced this month that it is barring former Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network broker, Leonard Charles Kinsman, from the industry. 

The ban comes after Kinsman refused to testify in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe into his firing by Wells Fargo (WFC) for allegedly “unprofessional conduct.” Kinsman was named last year in an investor fraud claim accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations and forging and falsifying business records. That customer dispute has now been settled for $995K.  

Broker-Dealer Allegedly Misled Novice Investor And Placed Funds In Risky Junk Bonds 

FMS Bonds, formerly called First Miami Securities, is the subject of yet another investor fraud lawsuit. This time it’s for misleading an inexperienced bond investor from the Dallas, Texas area and causing him to overconcentrate his portfolio with low rated, long-term “junk” bonds and other bad bonds, including those issued by Frontier Communications. The account eventually blew up, causing the claimant to suffer approximately $1M in losses. 

Our Texas investor lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are representing this investor in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration to recover these losses. The hearing will take place in the Dallas area.

Brokerage Firm Made Unsuitable Investment Recommendations to An Inexperienced Investor

Our brokerage firm fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration against Morgan Stanley on behalf of an elderly Dallas, Texas investor.

The investor in question sustained over $500K in losses due to the unsuitable recommendations of structured products, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), other oil and gas equities, and investments governed by Harvest Volatility Management’s Collateral Yield Enhancement Strategy (CYES). 

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. 

FINRA Bars Fired Stifel Broker

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has permanently barred former Stifel Nicolaus (SF) stockbroker Steven Dale Rodemer. The brokerage firm fired Rodemer earlier this year following allegations that he took funds from one client’s account without authorization.

Even with COVID-19 disrupting every aspect of our lives, the self-regulatory organization (SRO) continues to issue disciplinary actions against brokers accused of misconduct. Here, at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm), our broker fraud attorneys also remain hard at work going after the stockbrokers and their firms whose fraudulent or negligent actions contributed to unnecessary investor losses.

Si usted es como muchos americanos con inversiones, podría estar luchando con cómo manejar las pérdidas masivas que afectan su cartera mientras el novedoso coronavirus (COVID-19) continúa haciendo estragos en la economía, los mercados, la industria laboral y la vida de las personas. De lo que puede que usted no se haya percatado es que las pérdidas en sus inversiones también pueden ser el resultado de fraude o negligencia por parte de su corredor o asesor financiero, y es aquí en lo que los abogados de inversionistas de la firma de Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas (SSEK) pueden ayudarlo.

Nuestro bufete especializado en fraude en las inversiones representa inversionistas detallistas, inversionistas individuales con un patrimonio neto alto, e inversionistas institucionales a través de los Estados Unidos. Aun cuando nosotros, al igual que ustedes, nos adherimos a las nuevas directrices establecidas para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19, nuestros abogados y el resto de nuestro equipo se mantienen trabajando arduamente preparando, a nombre de nuestros clientes, reclamaciones de arbitraje ante la Autoridad Reguladora de la Industria Financiera (FINRA) en contra de corredores, asesores financieros, y sus firmas.

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Investment Losses During the Coronavirus Has Investors Scrambling for Answers

If you are like many Americans with investments, you may be struggling to grapple with the massive losses affecting your portfolio as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the markets, the job industry, and people’s lives. 

What you may not realize is that your investment losses may also be a result of broker fraud or negligence on your stockbroker or investment adviser’s part, which is where our investor attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) can help you.

Barred Kestra Investment Services Stockbroker Accused of Unauthorized Trading

Our investor fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are currently speaking with former customers of ex-Kestra Investment Services broker, James Blake Daughtry. He was recently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

The self-regulatory organization (SRO) issued the ban after Daughtry refused to testify during its investigation into allegations that he may have engaged in transactions that were potentially “fraudulent and unauthorized” in a number of customers’ accounts. Also, in the wake of FINRA’s order, Kestra fired him this month.

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