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Broker Fraud Along With The Coronavirus May Be Causing Investment Losses 

Becoming the victim of securities fraud is a serious matter. With stocks plummeting and the markets fluctuating all over the place in the wake of COVID-19, investors may not realize that it’s not just the economic reverberations of the coronavirus that’s plaguing their portfolio. 

They also may be losing money because their stockbrokers or investment advisor were fraudulent or negligent when handling their investments and placed them in an even more precarious financial situation with more losses than they would now be sustaining otherwise. 

Former LPL Financial Broker Borrowed $1.3M From Customer Without Notifying Firm

Mark Lamkin, an ex-LPL Financial representative, has been suspended by the FINRA for three months. Lamkin, who is now a Calton & Associates broker, is accused of borrowing $1.3M in total from an LPL Financial Services customer between 2011 and 2017 without getting written approval from or notifying the broker-dealer. This is not the first time he is accused of broker misconduct. 

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) is investigating claims involving Mark Lamkin, who has been a registered representative for 28 years. Contact our stockbroker fraud attorneys today. 

Robinhood Financial Apologizes To Investors For Outages

If you are an investor who recently sustained losses through Robinhood Financial’s investing platform, contact our investment fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Robinhood Financial, which provides an online platform that facilitates stock, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other investment trades without charging commissions, recently experienced technical snafus that caused major outages and prevented trading on March 2nd and March 3rd.

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.

Aquí está lo que debe conocer sobre demandar a su corredor o asesor financiero

Watch Out for Brokers Looking to Make High Commissions During COVID-19

With the market crashing in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many investors are suffering from massive losses in their portfolio and are looking to their brokers for investment advice.

Unfortunately, not all stockbrokers work with their customers’ best interests at heart, breaching their fiduciary duty in the process. There are also unscrupulous registered representatives who may even seek to take advantage of these hard times and try to persuade investors to buy into risky investments that charge high commissions. Such fraudulent and negligent behavior will lead to even more investment losses and ultimately, acts of stockbroker misconduct. 

Investment Losses During Recent Market Crisis May Be Recoverable 

Investors throughout the United States are grappling with financial investment losses as markets continue to remain volatile in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The recent oil price drops, the rise in unemployment as businesses are forced to shutter and lay off employees, and a flailing economy has done nothing to assuage growing concerns.

Already, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) has spoken to a number of these investors to see how we might help. 

Non-Traditional Investment Losses

If you were an investor who sustained investment losses while working with Mark Alan Cline, contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. Our brokerage firm misconduct lawyers work with clients who have suffered financial losses due to the negligent, fraudulent or other wrongful actions of their financial representatives.

Based out of Wildwood, Florida, Cline operates the Cline Financial Group.  According to its website, Cline Financial Group offers what are known as non-traditional investments such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”), Delaware Statutory Trusts (“DSTs”) and Non-Traded Preferred Stocks.  Based on Cline’s official record with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the entity that regulates all brokerage firms and advisors, he is an employee of National Securities Corporation.

Wells Fargo Stockbroker Accused Of Overconcentration & Unsuitable Investments 

Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, Jeffrey Eiler, has been the subject of 12 customer investment loss disputes, most of which were settled and a few that were denied. If you are an investor who lost money while Eiler was your registered representative, our stockbroker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) want to offer you a free case assessment. 

The customer disputes against Eiler go back more than twenty years. According to his BrokerCheck record, most of the settlements were paid by the firm where he was a registered representative. 

Investors Who Used or Currently Use Robinhood Financial May Have Grounds for a Claim

If you are someone who lost money while using Robinhood Financial to make investments, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to speak with you to help you explore whether you have grounds for a claim.

Robinhood Financial offers commission-free trading of stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other investments. Its website, along with its app, has executed tens of billions of dollars of trades since its inception in 2013.

Elderly Investor Claims $250K in GPB Fraud Losses

In yet another GPB private placement fraud case, our broker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) have filed a claim on behalf of an investor. 

This time, the respondents are Pruco Securities and Kalos Capital, which the firm has gone after in previous private placements claims over the same investments and broker, Christopher Shaw. The claimant, who is an elderly woman from North Carolina is reporting over $250K in losses. She is seeking up to $500K in damages plus interests and other costs. 

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