Articles Posted in Real Estate Investment Fraud

Cetera Investment Services Broker Chang Vung Named in Six-Figure Non-Traded REIT Claim

A self-employed New York investor has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Cetera Investment Services and its broker Chang Jen Vung. The claimant sustained losses in non-traded real estate investment trusts. 

The claimant is pursuing up to $500K in damages and contends that Vung used their shared cultural affinity when recommending that he concentrate his portfolio on high commission, illiquid products. These products included Healthcare Trust Inc., Griffin Realty Trust, and Northstar Healthcare Income

Investors’ Worked With Ex-McNally Financial Broker Michael O’Meara 

An older couple from Washington State has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against McNally Financial Services and its former broker Michael Charles O’Meara. The claimants seek up to six figures in damages and contend that they were unsuitably recommended and sold Lightstone Real Estate Income Trust. 

This private, non-traded real estate investment trust (non-traded REIT) was too risky and complex for inexperienced investors like them. In September 2021, Lightstone Real Estate Income Trust changed its name to Lightstone Value Plus REIT IV, Inc. 

Cetera Broker-Dealer Unsuitably Recommended Non-Traded REITs to Retired Couple

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) and Menzer & Hill, PA, are pleased to announce that a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded our clients a $2.6M award against First Allied Securities. This includes $1.1M in compensatory damages, $818K in market-adjusted damages, more than $660K in legal fees, and $40K in other expenses.

This was a unanimous decision by the three-person panel of arbitrators, which awarded the retired couple the total amount they requested. The arbitration panel was just as troubled as our knowledgeable broker misconduct attorneys were about the actions of First Allied Securities and its financial advisors. First Allied is a Cetera Financial Group broker-dealer. 

HIT REIT Investors Continue to Report Investment Losses

It is January 2022 and Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) continues to offer free, no-obligation case consultations to investors who suffered losses in Hospitality Investors Trust.

The non-traded real estate investment trust (non-traded REIT), also known as HIT REIT, is believed to have cost some investors losses of up to 95%. Our savvy securities attorneys are here to help determine whether you have grounds for a FINRA arbitration claim to pursue damages.

Investors Who Weren’t Advised to Exit Before Merger Have Suffered Losses 

If you are an investor who sustained losses in NorthStar Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), now called N1 Liquidating Trust, you may want to explore your legal options to find out whether your financial advisor gave you improper advice or failed to apprise you of all of the risks involving your investment. 

Our non-traded REIT investment lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are speaking to NorthStar REIT investors to determine whether they have grounds for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against their broker and/or broker-dealer.

Ansonia, CT Financial Advisor Named in Investor Claims Involving REIT & BDC Losses

Cynthia Ann Giovacchino, who is a longtime LPL Financial broker, has been named in four customer disputes. The claimants are accusing her of making unsuitable recommendations involving alternative investments.

These investments included business development companies (BDCs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Giovacchino has worked in the industry for 22 years. She is also a Senior Vice President at Webster Investments. 

Non-Traded REIT Causes Investor Losses of Up To Over 95%  

Our non-traded real estate investment trust (non-traded REIT) lawyers are continuing to look into claims of losses by investors whose financial advisors marketed and sold shares in Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT REIT). This investment was previously named American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust (ARC Hospitality). Unfortunately, some may have lost up to 95% of their investment.  

Please call Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) at (800) 259-9010 and ask to schedule your free, no-obligation case assessment with one of our seasoned investment fraud lawyers. 

More Bad News for The Non-Traded REIT’s Investors 

Publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust, Moody National REIT II, announced in August 2021 that its Board had made the decision to postpone the valuation of its shares. Considering that the non-traded REIT has not updated its net asset value (NAV) since December 2019, this announcement is cause for further concern for investors. 

Our securities fraud attorneys have been speaking to investors of this non-traded REIT who have suffered significant losses, most of whom likely paid $25/share. Contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) today at (800) 259-9010 so that we can help you explore your legal options. 

Hospitality Investors Trust Was One of the REITs Marketed

Cetera Advisors Network broker Jeffrey Gerard Meyers, an Overland Park, Kansas financial advisor, is named in two pending customer disputes. 

The claimants are accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations involving non-liquid real estate investment trusts (REIT). One of the products was Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT REIT), which declared bankruptcy after the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Ex-Broker Mike Shustek is Accused of Fraudulently Enriching Himself and the Company

Michael Vincent Shustek, an ex-MVP American Securities stockbroker and the CEO of a number of real estate investment trusts (REITs) is facing SEC charges. The ex-broker is being accused of enriching himself and The Parking REIT since 2012. 

He purportedly did this by causing financial harm to Vestin Realty Mortgage I and Vestin Realty Mortgage II, two of the real estate investment trusts that he founded. The Commission contends that Shustek took $29M from the two Vestin REITs to become involved in a number of “money-losing transactions” that involved reselling the same several buildings repeatedly. 

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