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Accused of Defrauding Plant Workers, Including Retirees

Centaurus Financial advisor Ricky Mantei (Mantei Group), formerly a JP Turner stockbroker, is alleged to have been the mastermind behind a large enterprise that spanned four offices in two states and resulted in the retirement savings of many unsuspecting investors being lost.  

Mantei is now named in 35 customer disputes. The majority, 30 of these broker fraud complaints, were filed over the last two years and many of them are still pending. Most of the complaints filed in the last two years accuse Mantei of heading up a one size fits all investment fraud that overconcentrated customers’ accounts in structured products and other risky, illiquid, and speculative investments. Many of his alleged victims were retirees, including plant workers in South Carolina and Tennessee.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred ex-JP Turner & Co. broker Anthony Mastroianni Jr. for allegedly churning an account belonging to an older customer. Mastroianni has not denied or admitted to the regulator’s findings and he did not appear in front of FINRA to provide testimony in this case.

According to the regulator, from ’11 to ’13, Mastroianni took part in churning or excessive trading in the account of this customer, which was maintained at JP Turner and later at Alexander Capital when the broker was affiliated with the brokerage firms. He also allegedly borrowed $90K from the same customer and made another four transactions without letting either JP Turner or Alexander Capital know and/or getting their approval.

Mastroianni’s BrokerCheck reports notes that there are seven disclosure events in which he has been named, including two customer disputes that are still pending.

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined six independent brokerage firms for not giving clients the proper discounts on big sales of business development companies and real estate investment trusts. According to InvestmentNews, the self-regulatory organization has been scrutinizing whether financial firms are giving the appropriate discounts, also known as breakpoint discounts to clients.

When the sale of certain nontraded real estate investment trusts is anywhere from over $500K up to $1 million, a discount is usually available. This means that the REIT’s price, which is typically at $10/share with the broker getting a 70 cent commission, can go down to $9.90/share and a commission of 60 cents.

FINRA said that J.P. Turner, Voya Financial Inc. (VOYA), Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc., Investacorp., National Planning Corp., and Cetera Investment Services did not identify and put into effect volume discounts for certain eligible purchase of BDCs and non-traded REITs. Because of this, said the SRO, customers paid sales charges that were too high. Now, all six firms will have to pay restitution to the clients that were affected.

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