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Former Tucson, Arizona Financial Advisor Has Two Pending Complaints on Record

If you suffered losses while working with ex-Morgan Stanley registered representative Francisco Javier Valenzuela, you may have grounds for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim to recover your losses. Valenzuela, who is also a former registered investment advisor, has seven disclosures on his BrokerCheck record, including two pending disputes. 

Our broker negligence attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are looking into customer claims of investment losses they experienced while working with Francisco Valenzuela or any other Morgan Stanley registered representative. If you are one of these investors, call (800) 259-9010 today.

Old Mutual Investor Seeks Up To $500K in Damages

An investor from Mexico has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration case against J.P. Morgan Securities over the losses she suffered in Old Mutual (Bermuda). The off-shore entity is owned by Greg Lindberg’s Global Bankers, which also owns Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). 

The latter is already the subject of many FINRA arbitration claims against the broker-dealers and their registered representatives that unsuitably recommended products from that off-shore entity to its customers.

Investors Lose $934,000 From Allegedly Unsuitable Trading Strategy

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a 37-page complaint against Spartan Capital Securities registered representative, Mark Augustus Reda. The New York-based broker, who has 20 disclosures on his BrokerCheck account, is under investigation for allegedly recommending an unsuitable investment strategy and excessively trading in customer accounts.  

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) is speaking to customers of Spartan Capital Securities Mark Reda who have suffered significant investment losses to help them explore their legal options. Call (800) 259-9010 or in New York call (716) 261-3529.  

Customers of Lion Street Financial Broker Richard Baer Suffered Over $1.8m in Investment Losses 

Lion Street Financial stockbroker, Richard Evan Baer, who is also a registered investment advisor with both React Investment Solutions, LLC and Legacy Capital California, has been named by investors in two pending complaints seeking $1.8M in damages for investment losses they suffered. Three other customer disputes have resulted in settlements.

Our California securities law firm is looking into other claims of losses by customers of Richard Baer. Please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyer.com) today to request your free, no-obligation consultation at (619) 550-4847

Denver Financial Advisor Mark Barrand Named in Pending Customer Disputes 

Mark Allen Barrand, an Ameriprise Financial broker based in Denver, has nine customer claims on his BrokerCheck record. The most recent one, brought in February 2021, was from his time as a Cetera Advisors registered representative. 

Barrand has worked 14 years in the industry, and he is also an investment adviser. Other firms where he used to be registered include Legacy Advisor Services and Legacy Financial Services.

New Jersey Financial Advisor’s Victims Included Older Investors Who Spoke Spanish

Ramon Arturo Herrera, a former Wells Fargo (WFC) registered representative, is sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The former New Jersey financial advisor pleaded guilty to wire fraud for bilking approximately 40 clients of $450K.

Herrera worked five years in the industry. The entire time, he was a Wells Fargo broker until 2018. That is the same year that Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred him from the industry.  The following year, Herrera was expelled by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. 

Ohio National Financial Services Broker-Dealer Accused of Failing to Properly Supervise 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that brokerage firm O.N. Equity Sales Co., an Ohio National Financial Services brokerage firm, must pay a $1.3M penalty for not adequately supervising a former broker who is accused of recommending an unsuitable investment strategy to customers. 

The strategy involved whole life insurance policies and variable annuities (VAs). The former O.N. Equity Sales broker is no longer with the firm. He arrived at a separate settlement with the self-regulatory organization (SRO). 

Big Banks Anticipate Losses in the Billions 

Last week, Archegos Capital Management, the $10 billion hedge fund founded by Bill Hwang, was forced to liquidate over $30 billion in equities including millions of shares in ViacomCBS, media company Discovery, and a number of Chinese tech companies. 

The move came after Archegos, which had borrowed on margin while using derivatives, was met with demands by banks to post greater collateral so as to minimize losses. 

Settlement in FINRA Case Involves Repaying Nearly $44K to Affected Customers 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has ordered Triad Advisors to pay a $150K fine for not adequately supervising both short-term trades involving Class A shares of mutual funds and variable annuity exchanges. The self-regulatory organization (SRO) also accused the Atlanta-headquartered broker-dealer of not making timely disclosures involving customer complaints and arbitration.

Triad Advisors, which is an Advisor Group network brokerage firm, consented to repay clients that were affected nearly $44k as part of its settlement for this case. It is not, however, denying or admitting to FINRA’s findings.

Wallingford, Connecticut Investment Advisor Named in Four Pending FINRA Arbitration Cases 

If you suffered investment losses while working with Woodbury Financial Services broker, Robert Scott Ginsberg, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com). The Woodbury Financial investment advisor, who is based in Wallingford, Connecticut, is named in four pending customer disputes. 

He has been in the securities industry for 12 years. Prior to working for Woodbury Financial Services in 2016, where he is also a registered investment advisor, Ginsberg was a registered representative for Investors Capital Corp. and Investors Capital Advisory. 

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