Articles Tagged with broker misconduct

Investors’ Allegations Against Centaurus Financial Broker Include Unsuitability, Misrepresentations, and Concentration 

Our experienced Texas broker misconduct attorneys are looking into claims of losses involving current and former customers of William Charles Burks, also known as Bill Burks II, in Flower Mound. Bill Burks is a Centaurus Financial broker who has been named in several customer disputes, most of which are settled or still pending.

Customer Disputes Involving Centaurus Financial Broker Bill Burks II

Ex-Alabama Financial Advisor Has Been Accused of Misrepresentations and Unsuitability

Our knowledgeable broker misconduct attorneys are investigating claims of losses by customers of ex-Berthel Fisher & Co. registered representative Steve Jeffrey Cummings. In July 2021, claimants filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim for $250K in damages. 

The customers contend that they were sold unsuitable investments between 2010 and 2015 and that Cummings allegedly made misrepresentations to them. They believe brokerage firm Berthel Fisher failed to supervise its Alabama broker and did not conduct proper due diligence. In 2017, Berthel Fisher fired Cummings over allegations that he did not disclose tax liens in a timely fashion. 

Ex-Wells Fargo Broker Jeremy Fortner Allegedly Borrowed Money From Clients

Our broker misconduct lawyers investigate claims of losses involving former customers of ex-Wells Fargo Advisors registered representative Jeremy Fortner. The broker-dealer fired him in August 2021 in the wake of allegations that he inappropriately borrowed funds. 

In November 2021, with a starting date of March 3, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) permanently barred Fortner after he did not respond to requests for information into its investigation. Jeremy Fortner was a registered broker and investment adviser for 16 years. 

Stone Beacon Capital CEO Faces Unsuitability and Negligence Allegations

If you suffered investment losses while working with financial advisor Chadwick Charles Collins, please contact our California broker misconduct attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) today at (619) 550-4847

Collins, who was a Kestra Investment Services stockbroker and Kestra Private Wealth investment advisor from January 2017 to February 2022, is now with Wedbush Securities. He is also the CEO of Stone Beacon Capital. According to Chadwick Collins’ BrokerCheck record, he is currently named in two pending customer disputes in which the claimants are collectively requesting more than $3.3M in damages.  

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. 

Former Wisconsin Financial Advisor is Accused of Defrauding at Least 100 Advisory Clients

Michael Francis Shillin, who was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Wisconsin’s Officer of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) in January 2021, is now facing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges. 

The regulator is accusing the previously registered broker and investment advisor of defrauding at least 100 investment advisory clients, including many elderly investors. The SEC brought its case in September 2021. 

Pending Customer Disputes Seek Nearly $2.6M in Broker Misconduct Damages

If you suffered losses while working with ex-Forta Financial Group stockbroker Gregory Jon Williams, you may want to consider filing a FINRA arbitration claim to pursue damages. 

Williams, who is named in several pending customer disputes, is no longer a registered representative. He appears to still be affiliated with Presidential Wealth Management in Colorado Springs.  

Former Melville, NJ Financial Advisor Has Been Named in Six Disputes

If you have suffered investment losses while working with ex-Aegis Capital stockbroker Scott Neil Hananel, contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) so that we can help you explore your legal options. 

Hananel, who is no longer a registered financial advisor, has been named in six customer disputes over the years. A few of them are still pending. BrokerCheck notes the disputes on Hananel’s record: 

COVID Relief Loans Involved Undisclosed Business Outside Their Brokerage Firms 

According to InvestmentNews, ex-J.P. Morgan Securities broker Gloria Willis, former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Evelyn Batista, and ex-Wells Fargo financial advisor Kenric Sexton have either been barred or suspended from the securities industry.

These Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctions were imposed after the self-regulatory organization (SRO) found that all three of them either inappropriately or incorrectly applied for federal COVID-relief loan programs geared towards small businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ex-Middleboro, Massachusetts LPL Financial Advisor Could Be Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Paul Richard McGonigle, a former LPL Financial broker, has been arrested for allegedly stealing clients’ retirement assets, including older investors. He is charged with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, and multiple counts of wire fraud. McGonigle could spend 20 years behind bars if convicted.

According to prosecutors, starting in July 2018, McGonigle caused unauthorized withdrawals from clients’ annuities and persuaded some of them to allow him to invest their funds. Instead, the broker allegedly used their money to pay for his expenses.  He is accused of posing as his victims during calls with annuity companies and signing as them on forms asking for the annuity withdrawals.

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