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Ex-Royal Alliance Broker Stole Money From Older Women With Disabilities

If you suffered losses while working with former Royal Alliance Associates broker, Gary Basralian, our broker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) want to talk to you. 

Gary Basralian, whom the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred in 2018, is currently in prison for fraud, including bilking older women who suffered from disabilities. Recently, Royal Alliance, an Advisor Group firm, agreed to pay $250K to settle a related regulatory case brought by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for not properly supervising Basralian. 

NEXT Financial Group Sold Unsuitable REITs To Investors, Including Older Seniors 

If you were an investor who suffered losses in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that were recommended and sold to you by a NEXT Financial Group broker, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) wants to talk to you. 

The Houston-based independent brokerage firm was recently fined $150K by the Massachusetts Securities Division for selling REITs to investors even when these investments were not suitable for them. 

SSEK Law Firm investigates Martin David Batstone and Newbridge Securities Corp.

Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK Law Firm”), a law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations against Martin David Batstone, formerly employed by Newbridge Securities Corp. out of San Diego, California. Prior to that he worked at Crown Capital Securities and Independent Financial Group, LLC.  According to allegations, Batstone used his position as a financial advisor to solicit investments in an outside business activity.  It is unclear if this outside operation was approved by Newbridge Securities or his prior employers. It is further alleged Batstone utilized a portion of the funds for his own use.  The practice of soliciting firm clients to invest in outside business activities is referred to as “selling away” and is prohibited by most firms.  Often times it turns out these unapproved outside investments are controlled by the financial advisor, or at the very least there is renumeration of some sort.

Perhaps due to the above conduct, Batstone is no longer in the business.  However, a formal complaint has been filed by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) against Batstone. Therein it is alleged that Batstone solicited $75,000 from clients to invest in a small limited liability company which claimed to provide brand management and product placement services for entertainers and athletes.  According to the complaint, the company was owned by a former rapper and DJ.  Batstone claimed in his sales pitch that the proceeds would be used for operating expenses and marketing of a sports energy drink.  At some point in time, it is alleged, that Batstone transferred some assets to his personal bank account.  The complaint further states that Batstone never advised his clients of that fact.  The FINRA complaint is still pending.

Many SBLOC Investors Not Apprised of Risks

If you are an investor who suffered significant losses from securities-backed line of credits (SBLOCs) and your brokerage firm and their broker neglected to tell you about the risks involved, our investment fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edawrds and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to talk to you. SBLOCs are not for every investor and they are certainly not for those that are unable to handle too much risk.

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Michael Sievert is Now an Arkadios Capital Broker

If you were an investor who suffered losses from GPB Capital Holdings investments that were sold to you by broker Michael Sievert, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Sievert is currently an Arkadios Capital broker. Already, he is the subject of two customer disputes involving GPB private placements from his time when he was a Triad Advisors broker. 

Barred Woodbury Financial Services Broker Accused of Misrepresentations and Fraud

If you are an investor who lost money while Robert Hayes Hoffman was your financial representative, our broker misconduct lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to talk to you. Hoffman was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2017 and the Indiana Securities Division in 2018. He was a Woodbury Financial Services broker from 2006 and 2017. After that, for less than a year, he was a Thurston, Springer, Miller, Herd & Titak broker until the FINRA bar.

Hoffman’s BrokerCheck History notes that he has already been the subject of at least three customer disputes. One claim, alleging unsuitability, misrepresentations, breach of fiduciary duty, and selling away, was settled for $250K. Another customer dispute, which made similar allegations, including churning, was settled for over $1M. A third dispute, which accused Hoffman of recommending a variable annuity that was not only unsuitable for the claimant but also resulted in tax consequences for her, was settled for nearly $48K.

Steepener Investments Not Suitable for All Investors

Throughout the US, our investment fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm) represent investors who sustained losses in Steepener investments after they were not fully apprised of the risks or because these structured notes were never suitable for them, to begin with. 

Steepeners are complex investments and they are not for everyone. Some Steepener structured notes and investments have suffered catastrophic losses. Contact SSEK Law Firm to request your free, no-obligation case consultation.

Lek Securities Accused of Enabling Manipulative Trading

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and most major US securities exchanges have permanently barred broker Samuel Lek, who is also the former CEO of Lek Securities. Meantime, the broker-dealer was fined $900K. The bars by the self-regulatory organization (FSRO), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Nasdaq Stock Market, Cboe Global Markets, and their affiliate exchanges were part of 10 distinct settlements and come in the wake of allegations that Lek Securities gave foreign traders market access and that some of these traders proceeded to engage in manipulative trading and fraud. Lek and Lek Securities settled the charges but without denying or admitting to them.

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) is a broker fraud law firm, and we are investigating claims of investor losses by former clients of Lek and Lek Securities. Please contact SSEK Law Firm so that we can help you explore your legal options.

Centaurus Financial Broker Named In Multiple Customer Disputes 

If you suffered substantial investment losses while Centaurus Financial broker, Katherine Nishnic, was your registered representative, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP (SSEK Law Firm). We can help you determine whether you have grounds for a broker fraud case. According to her BrokerCheck record, Nishnic is already the subject of at least eight customer disputes

She has been in the industry for 25 years and a Centaurus broker for four years. Previous to that, Nishnic was registered as a broker for JP Turner and before that with GunnAllen Financial, First Allied Securities, DE Frey & Co., Merrill Lynch and Pierce Fenner and Smith.  

Sagepoint Financial Customers Suffer Losses From GPB Funds

If you are an investor who suffered losses after a Sagepoint Financial broker sold you GPB private placements, our investor fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) would like to talk to you. GPB Capital Holdings is accused of running a $1.8B Ponzi scam. Sagepoint Financial is one of more than 60 broker-dealers whose registered representatives sold these investments to their customers.

Sagepoint Financial is part of Advisor Group, a huge network of independent wealth management firms. In August, the broker-dealer and another Advisor Group firm, Royal Alliance, were prominently named by the lead plaintiffs in the first class action securities case against GPB Capital. The firms’ brokers had sold them their investments in the GPB Automotive Portfolio and the GPB Holdings II funds. The plaintiffs, like so many other investors, had sustained substantive losses in the wake of the Ponzi fraud allegations, the suspension of investor redemption, the massive drop in value of all of the GPB Funds, and the other regulatory and civil troubles plaguing the alternative asset firm.

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