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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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