Articles Posted in Investor Fraud

SSEK Investigate Lincoln Investment Planning Broker, Lester Burroughs

If Lincoln Investment Planning investment advisor and broker, Lester Burroughs, worked with you as an investor and you suffered financial losses that you suspect may be due to fraud or negligence, please contact our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Burroughs, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in the criminal case against him, is currently at the center of a parallel US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint accusing him of defrauding retail investors. Now, the regulator is seeking a jury trial in its civil lawsuit against the Lincoln Investment Planning broker, who had been based out of Connecticut.  

SSEK Investigate Investment Fraud Claims Made Against 1 Global Capital

If you are someone who invested in 1 Global Capital notes at the recommendation of your broker or financial advisor, you may have grounds for filing an investment fraud claim. 1 Global is accused of operating a $322M scam and defrauding at least 3,600 investors including older investors who lost their retirement funds as a result. 

Contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today so we can determine whether you have grounds for a broker fraud case to help you recover your money. 

Summit Investment Management To Pay Investor $100K 

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) panel said that Summit Investment Management and portfolio manager, Thomas Carroll, must pay one firm client $100K for investing his money in funds from the investment manager, LJM Partners, which is no longer in operation. 

The LJM Preservation and Growth Fund (LJMIX) has been named in numerous complaints since early last year when it suffered a huge plunge in value of over 80% in two days. This happened after the CBO Volatility Index experienced a spike. 

Our investment fraud lawyers at Sheperd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) represent a number of investors who have suffered losses from investing in GPB private placements that were sold to them by brokerage firms and their brokers. 

Kalos Capital and Ameriprise Financial (AMP) are of these broker-dealers. Our broker fraud attorneys have filed a brokerage firm misconduct claim against them on our client’s behalf. This is not our first GPB investor fraud claim involving Kalos Capital

GPB Investor Fraud Claim: Kalos Capital, Ameriprise Financial & Ex-Broker Gary Imel Investigated 

Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK”), a national law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations against Mengxuan Zhang, previously employed by Cetera Investment Services out of Pasadena, CA.   According to allegations, Ms. Zhang allegedly falsified customer signature pages on new account forms for some customers of Cetera. This included reusing signature pages without express permission and changing the dates on the forms so as to appear that customers had re-executed. One of the forms in question was an “illiquid investment acknowledgment form.”  This is the type of form an investor in such products as GPB Capital or NorthStar Healthcare REIT would have to sign. After admitting her wrongdoing to Cetera, Ms. Zhang was officially discharged. She is currently not employed by any Broker Dealer as a financial advisor.

For her actions, Ms. Zhang has been suspended as a stockbroker/advisor by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA). She was also fined. Ms. Zhang accepted and consented to the findings by FINRA without admitting or denying the findings.  According to FINRA, such actions on the part of Ms. Zhang violate FINRA Rule 2010.  According to that Rule, a stockbroker/advisor must “….observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”  Under the terms with FINRA, Ms. Zhang may not make any statement publicly which denies FINRA’s findings regardless of the fact that she never specifically denied the allegations.

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SSEK Investigates Capital Financial Investments And Ex-Broker Sean Kelly Over Investor Claims

At the heart of recent investor claims against Capital Financial are allegations against one of its ex-brokers, Sean Kelly. 

Sean Kelly was accused last year by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of defrauding a dozen investors. These investors, including senior retirees, were defrauded of over $1M through three of his companies, including Lion’s Share and Associates, that is based out of Georgia. 

SSEK Investigates JP Morgan Securities And Ex-Employee, Donovan St. Anthony Hunter 

Shepherd, Smith Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK”), a law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations against Donovan St. Anthony Hunter, previously employed by JP Morgan Securities out of Houston, Texas.

Prior to that, he worked at Wallis State Bank. According to allegations, Hunter used the office of his position to solicit investments in an outside business activity. This outside investment entity was not approved by JP Morgan Securities. 

SSEK Investigating Ex-Raymond James Advisor, Stuart Nichols 

Another former Raymond James advisor has gotten into trouble over fraud allegations. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred Stuart Nichols, a former broker with the firm, after he failed to participate in the self-regulatory authority’s probe into churning allegations made against him. 

Churning involves engaging in excessive trading in a brokerage account for the purposes of making commissions. 

GPB Capital News: Michael Cohn Facing Obstruction Charges 

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against Michael Cohn, the Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director of GPB Capital Holdings. Cohn is a former US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) examiner. 

The obstruction of justice charge is related to the regulator’s probe into the alternative asset firm, which is accused of operating a $1.5B Ponzi scam. Now, Cohn is accused of stealing information from the Commission before leaving the regulator last October to start his employment at GPB Holdings

SSEK Investigating David Fagenson, A Former UBS Brokerage Investment Advisor 

If you are an investor who worked with former UBS broker, David Fagenson, and suffered substantial losses or suspect you may have been charged excessive fees and commissions, please contact our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

David Fagenson was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) last year after he allegedly engaged in unsuitable trading in the accounts of three senior investors ranging in age from their 70s to mid-90s. However, this is not the first fraud allegation in which Fagenson has been involved. 

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