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South Carolina Financial Advisor Named in Five Pending Customer Disputes

Cetera Advisors Network registered representative, Ronald Franklin Metcalf, Jr, is named in five pending customer disputes in which the claimants are seeking more than $6.5M in financial recovery. 

All of them accuse Metcalf of failing to supervise other registered representatives while he was a Voya Financial Advisors broker. Two of those Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration cases resulted in huge settlements, including one for $3.5M.  

Sanctuary Wealth Ordered To Pay Over $370K in Restitution to ETF Customers

Independent broker-dealer Sanctuary Wealth, formerly David A. Noyes & Co., has been censured by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). It must now pay a $160K fine and over $370K in restitution for its failure to supervise certain financial products, including leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and its brokers’ external activities.

According to the self-regulatory organization (SRO), going as far back as 2014 through the end of 2018 the brokerage firm failed to address in a “reasonable” manner the “unique features and risks” involving selling inverse and leveraged ETFs, which Sanctuary was required to do according to FINRA’s Rule 2111 regarding suitability. 

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.

FINRA Settlement Includes Restitution to More than 2,400 Customers

In an agreement reached with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Transamerica Financial Advisors consented to pay $8.8M over the unsuitable sales of mutual funds, variable annuities (VAs) and 529 savings plans to customers. 

$4.4M of this is a fine and $4.4M is restitution to about 2,400 customers who were financially harmed. The firm settled with FINRA but without denying or admitting to its findings. 

Coastal Equities Has Been The Subject of $3M in Investor Arbitration Claims

Coastal Equities, a mid-sized broker-dealer, recently arrived at a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which it agreed to give $280K in restitution to several customers. The firm is accused of failing to reasonably supervise one of its registered representatives, who recommended trades that were allegedly excessive and unsuitable. Those who were harmed were retirees and senior investors.

It was just last year that Coastal Equities said in its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that investors had submitted $3M in arbitration claims against the firm. 

Senior Investor’s Loses Retirement Funds Because of Unsuitable Investment

An Arkansas retiree has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority  (FINRA) arbitration claim against LPL Financial for losses he suffered because of the unsuitable recommendation of Rhett Douglas Bedwell, one of the broker-dealer’s former registered representatives. Bedwell, who is no longer a  stockbroker or investment advisor, is accused of defrauding a number of customers. 

Now, this retiree is seeking up to $500K in investment loss damages after Bedwell invested a significant portion of his retirement funds in what appears to have been a Ponzi scam involving Small World Capital and the now defunct, Graysail Capital. 

Morgan Stanley Settlement Includes FINRA Fine and Investor Restitution 

According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has consented to pay a $175K fine and more than $774K in restitution for allegedly failing to supervise its former broker Kevin Gunnip. 

The Texas-based financial representative is accused of excessively trading in preferred securities and corporate bonds over five years, causing 10 customers to lose more than $900K. 

Colorado Investment Firm Fined $200K For Investing Unqualified Buyers Into Unsuitable Investments 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered First Western Capital Management Co. to pay a $200K fine over allegations that, over a 7-year period, it invested over $666M of clients’ funds into securities that they didn’t qualify for. As a result, 81 clients were placed in securities that were reserved for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs), which are investors that have at least $100M in assets.

The firm is a Denver-based investment adviser. Our Colorado investment fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas are offering free case consultations to customers that were harmed by these unsuitable investment recommendations and sales that the SEC says were initiated by at least nine of First Western’s investment adviser representatives. Contact us today at (720) 439-2827

Galvin’s Office Files Civil Lawsuit Alleging Overconcentration, Unsuitable Investments 

William Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has filed civil charges against former NEXT Financial Group broker, Charles Chester Kulch. 

The state is accusing him of selling real estate investment trusts (REITs) and variable annuities (VA) to customers for whom they were unsuitable and overconcentrating their portfolios in these high risk, illiquid investments.

Investor Sues Kalos Capital Over GPB Capital Losses

A widower retiree in his eighties is suing Kalos Capital for losses he suffered in GPB Capital Holdings’ private placements and other risky investments that were recommended to him by Kalos broker, Jason Mosher.  

The claimant contends that Mosher, who operates his business under the name Sheppard Mosher but is an employee of Kalos, overconcentrated his IRA in GPB investments and other risky securities including private Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and privately traded securities. Now, this elderly investor is seeking up to $500K in damages.

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