Articles Tagged with excessive trading

FINRA Barred New York Financial Advisor Following Unsuitability & Churning Allegations

If you have suffered investment losses while working with ex-Worden Capital Management broker Christ Elias Baltas, you may be able to pursue damages by filing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim. 

Baltas, who was based out of Melville, New York, is currently named in two pending customer disputes in which the claimants are seeking more than $614K in damage. FINRA barred him in 2020.  

Ex-Worden Capital Management Broker’s Customer is Seeking Over $200K in Damages

Joseph Paul Todaro, currently an SW Financial registered representative, is named in a customer dispute in which the claimant is reporting investment losses from excessive trading, failure to follow instructions, and poor services. The investor is seeking over $200K. 

This is not the first customer of the Melville, New York-based broker to accuse Todaro of excessive trading. As a matter of fact, three other claims brought by his customers make similar allegations. Also, from 2018 to 2020, Todaro was a registered representative with Worden Capital Management, which last year was subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) action related to the churning activities of its brokers. 

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.  

Worden Capital Management’s Settlement Includes $1.2M in Customer Restitution

In December 2020, Worden Capital Management, a New York-based broker-dealer, arrived at an over $1.5M settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over excessive trades made by the firm’s registered representatives. 

The self-regulatory organization (SRO) contends that from January 2015 to October 2019, the New York brokerage firm did not have the kind of supervisory system in place that would have allowed it to “achieve compliance” with rules having to do with churning and excessive trading.

FINRA Suspends Waco, Texas Broker For 18 Months

Two investors have filed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration complaints against Michael Allen Kamperman, who was most recently a former HD Vest Investment Services registered representative. Both customers are accusing him of making unsuitable and excessive trades on their behalf. Kamperman, who is based out of Texas, was suspended by FINRA last year. 

Our Texas stockbroker fraud lawyers are currently investigating customer claims involving Michael Kamperman. Contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today.

Barish Earned Over $400K in Commissions from Excessive Trading Strategy

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against Ross Adam Barish, a Joseph Stone Capital registered representative. The regulator contends that Barish engaged in an unsuitable in-and-out trading strategy in customers’ accounts without doing the necessary due diligence to make sure that this approach could at least deliver them minimal profits. 

Instead, 16 retail investors collectively lost more than $800K while the Joseph Stone Capital broker earned more than $400K in commissions. Now, the SEC is seeking penalties, disgorgement with prejudgment interest, and injunctive relief.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is accusing brokers Jovannie Aquino and Emil Botvinnik of fraud that allegedly cost investors about $3.6M. According to the regulator, Botvinnik, who is a Florida resident and is no longer a registered representative, and Aquino who is a New York resident, recommended frequent, short-term trades, earning them about $4.6M in commissions while practically guaranteeing that their customers would lose money. Botvinnik’s alleged excessive trading took place between 6/2012 and 11/2014. Aquino’s alleged excessive trading occurred between 12/2015 to 11/2017.

Many of these customers were retail investors. A number of them were of retirement age or close to that age.

At the time of the alleged broker fraud, Aquino and Botvinnik were with Meyers Associates LP. The firm is now called Windsor Street Capital LP. Aquino then went to work with Spartan Capital Securities while Botvinnik moved on to Newport Coast Securities, SW Financial, and Worden Capital Management.

Aaron J. Johnson, a former registered investment adviser who ran Capital Advisors until state regulators took back his firm’s registration in 2013, is sentenced to five years behind bars for financial fraud. Johnson, 37, claimed that he stole over $600K from clients because he suffered a mental health breakdown.

According to prosecutors, Johnson took money from middle-class clients’ retirement accounts and charged them excessive fees to the point that he’d practically drained their funds. After Capital Advisors lost its registration, Johnson became affiliated with Trade PMR, a Florida-based firm that offers custody and brokerage services for investment advisers that are registered. Prosecutors contend that even then Johnson kept stealing from clients despite the fact that he was now under investigation. Prosecutors said that after Trade PMR began to question the fees that Johnson charged clients, including $3200 in client fees for an account that only held $13K in assets, the ex-adviser generated fraudulent documents as proof that his actions were warranted. He drained the account of the client, who was a single mom with three kids, until there was only $5 left.

Johnson has been ordered to pay back everyone that he defrauded.

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