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Financial Advisor May Have Unsuitably Recommended Off-Shore Annuities To Multiple Latin American Customers

If you are an investor who lost money after you were sold Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products, seek legal advice today as you may have grounds for a FINRA arbitration case. 

Our seasoned Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) attorneys are continuing to investigate Hancock Whitney Investment Services broker Robin Platt for selling and marketing investments of this off-shore entity to his customers. 

Capstone Financial Investment Advisor Barred By FINRA 

David John Melilli, an ex-Cambridge Investment Research stockbroker, was barred by FINRA beginning November 8th, 2021. This came in the wake of allegations that he traded in multiple clients’ accounts without written authorization. This included trading in the account of one deceased person. 

Without denying or admitting to FINRA’s findings, David Melilli consented to the sanctions and the entry of findings that he did not produce the information requested by the self-regulatory organization (SRO). The bar came after Melilli refused to cooperate. 

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. 

Former New Jersey Financial Advisor Allegedly Targeted Florida Doctors

James Alan Seijas, an ex-Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) beginning November 2, 2021. The former New Jersey investment advisor did not provide information in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) investigation into his alleged involvement in an over $33M Ponzi scam.

Seijas, ex-UBS broker Michael Ackerman, and general surgeon Quan Tran are accused of running a cryptocurrency scam that targeted mostly Florida doctors through the entity Q3 Trading Club from 2017 to 2019. This would have been during Seijas’ time as a Wells Fargo registered representative. 

FINRA Suspends New York-Based Financial Advisor for Nine Months

John Sebastion Cangialosi, currently an SW Financial broker, was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in September 2021 for nine months. The broker was ordered to pay $271,622 in restitution for allegedly engaging in unsuitable trading in three customer accounts during his time as a Worden Capital broker. 

The New York-based financial advisor has consented to the sanctions but without denying or admitting to the findings. Cangialosi also must pay a civil/administrative fee of $7,500. 

Senior Citizens Were Among Former Fairfield, NJ Financial Advisor’s Alleged Victims

Kenneth Andrews Welsh, an ex-Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker, is now facing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges accusing him of misappropriating at least $2.86 million from brokerage firm customers and advisory clients.

Allegedly the financial advisor used victims’ money (including senior citizens) to pay credit card bills and buy precious metals, including gold coins. 

Claimant Worked With Ex-Raymond James Broker Frank Van Houten Through UNFCU 

An investor from the Caribbean has filed a six-figure Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Raymond James Financial Services over investment losses he sustained. 

One of Raymond James’ former brokers, Frank Lucien Van Houten, unsuitably recommended and sold Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products to the investor. This caused the customer to suffer a six-figure loss that he is now seeking to recover.

Couple’s FINRA Arbitration Claim Seeks Up to $500K in Damages

A retired couple from Payson, Utah have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Woodbury Financial Services over losses they sustained while investing in GPB Capital Holdings LLC, CIM REIT, and other privately traded entities. Now, they are seeking up to $500K in damages.

Our investment fraud lawyers are representing these investors in their FINRA arbitration claim against Woodbury. This is one of many securities cases we have filed against the broker-dealers that enriched themselves in the alleged $1.7B Ponzi scheme. The hearing will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FINRA Claims Former Financial Advisor Also Cost Investors Over Variable Annuities 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a complaint accusing ex-Western International Securities registered representative Megurditch Mike Patatian of unsuitably recommending to 59 customers that they purchase non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs). According to the self-regulatory organization (SRO), Patatian lacked reasonable grounds to make 81 recommendations to these customers.  Not only that, but for four of the non-traded REIT sales at issue, the ex-financial advisor recommended that they surrender their variable annuities (VAs), which caused them to have to pay surrender fees and incur taxes. 

These purportedly unsuitable recommendations which caused investors to lose money, occurred while Patatian was with Western International Securities in Westlake Village, CA. (After leaving that brokerage firm in 2020, he became a Supreme Alliance broker for less than a year in Charlotte, North Carolina.) 

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