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Retail Customers Are Each Requesting Up to Six Figures in Damages for Their Losses 

Our GWG L Bond loss attorneys continue to file Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims against Centaurus Financial because its affiliated brokers unsuitably marketed and sold L Bond to customers, including inexperienced investors and retirees.

Here are the recent claimants and the Centaurus brokers involved:

Irvine, CA Claimants Are Pursuing Up To $500K in Damages from American Trust Investment Services

 Three Southern California investors have filed a six-figure Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against broker-dealer American Trust Investment Services over their GWG L Bond losses. The claimants, who are related, worked with former broker Kyle William Chapman, who was a registered investment adviser with Clarity Capital Partners in Newport Beach until July 2022. 

Our L Bond loss attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at represent these claimants in FINRA arbitration. A panel of three arbitrators in Los Angeles will hear their case.  

Unfortunately, Property Management Firm May Not Be Able to Come Up with All the Funds 

According to attorneys for Greg Milligan, the plan administrator for liquidation proceedings involving luxury high-rise student building Skyloft Austin, a court has approved on a final basis the liquidation plan that would require Nelson Partners Student Housing to pay its investors a claim of $50M. Under the Stipulation and Plan of Liquidation, the real estate management firm will likely have to sell most of its twenty students housing real estate properties to obtain this money. 

The website of this property management company shares that Nelson Partners own off-campus student housing properties in multiple US States, including various buildings close to the following universities:

Brokerage Firm Allegedly Pursued Commissions over Customers’ Best Interests

Three Illinois retirees have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Moloney Securities, pursuing up to six figures in damages for bond losses sustained in GWG Holdings L Bonds. The two brokers, Shane Michael DeSherlia and Dale Erbin Timmerman, allegedly unsuitably recommended these risky junk bonds to the retirees. DeSherlia in Jerseyville, Illinois, is a registered investment adviser with Moloney Securities Asset Management, whereas Timmerman is associated with Timmerman & Co. in Vandalia, Illinois. 

Our professional L Bond investment loss attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at represent these elderly investors in their FINRA arbitration claim against Moloney Securities. An arbitrator will preside over their case in Chicago.

FINRA suspends former Florida Financial Advisor

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has indefinitely suspended ex-broker Chad Ryan Barancyk after he failed to respond to the self-regulatory organization’s probe. FINRA attorneys requested more information on the arbitration award/settlement agreement, which the former broker allegedly didn’t address.  

Barancyk was fired by Great Point Capital, Chicago, where he worked as a registered representative for less than a year between 2021 to 2022. 

Customer of Former New York Financial Advisor Is Requesting Over $850K in Damages

In July 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) permanently barred Joseph Albert Ambrosole after he refused to testify in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO) probe. FINRA led this investigation concerning an amended Uniform Termination Notice by Joseph Stone Capital, one of the broker-dealers where he used to be registered. According to that member firm, Ambrosole, who resigned, was the subject of a customer complaint accusing him of allegedly engaging in unsuitable trading.  

The ex-New York broker, who worked in the industry for eight years, was most recently a Joseph Stone Capital financial advisor between 2017 to 2021. Other firms where Ambrosole used to be a registered representative include Alexander Capital, Meyers Associates, Global Arena Capital, Laidlaw & Co., and Obsidian Financial Group. 

New York Broker Allegedly Cost Customers Six-Figure Losses, Trading Costs, and Commissions 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has suspended Spartan Capital Securities financial advisor James Robert Pecoraro for nine months. FINRA ordered him to pay a $10K penalty and nearly $69K restitution for allegedly excessively unauthorized trading in customers’ accounts. The New York broker consented to the sanctions without denying or admitting to the findings.

According to the self-regulatory organization (SRO), Pecoraro recommended to certain clients a pattern of very costly, high-velocity trading that involved him making frequent stop loss orders, resulting in the liquidation of securities positions. At this point, he would allegedly recommend new purchases to the investors. FINRA said these trades were excessive and unsuitable for the investors, given their investing profiles. The trades cost them investment losses of over $166K and total trading costs of more than $184K, including over $165K in commissions.

Texas Retiree Files Six-Figure FINRA Arbitration Claim Over Her Investment Losses 

An Austin, TX investor has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Western International Securities, Inc. The investor sustained losses in GWG Holdings L Bonds and the following non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs):

  • Griffin Realty Trust Class E

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 $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.

Ex-El Paso Financial Advisor Allegedly Took Over $61K From Client Credit Line

On November 29, 2021, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred Jesus Rodriguez. The former Texas broker was accused of taking over $61K from a client credit line for his own use. The sanction came after he refused to cooperate in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) investigation. Rodriguez is also named in several customer disputes. 

Our broker misconduct attorneys are speaking with former customers of ex-Morgan Stanley financial advisor Jesus Rodriguez that have suffered investment losses. We can help you determine whether you have grounds for a FINRA arbitration claim

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