Articles Tagged with unsuitability

Former Ameriprise Financial Advisor is Named in Five Pending Customer Disputes

James William Dunn, an ex-stockbroker and investment advisor in Vienna, VA with Ameriprise Financial Services, is under scrutiny over losses suffered by customers. He is currently named in five customer disputes in which the damages sought range from six- to seven figures. 

All of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims involving Dunn were brought in 2021. The misconduct alleged was said to have occurred during this same year. 

Ansonia, CT Financial Advisor Named in Investor Claims Involving REIT & BDC Losses

Cynthia Ann Giovacchino, who is a longtime LPL Financial broker, has been named in four customer disputes. The claimants are accusing her of making unsuitable recommendations involving alternative investments.

These investments included business development companies (BDCs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Giovacchino has worked in the industry for 22 years. She is also a Senior Vice President at Webster Investments. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Financial Advisor is Named in Six-Figure Customer Dispute

Robert Brian Wolfe, who was a Goldman Sachs broker from July 2020 to October 2021, was recently dismissed by the broker-dealer. His firing came following allegations related to client communications involving market valuations and portfolio performance, as well as his handling of customer grievances without the firm’s knowledge or approval. 

A longtime financial advisor of 21 years in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Wolfe has been named in five customer disputes. According to sources, all of the claims that have been brought as of November 2021 are from his time as a Cetera Advisors Network broker from 2017 to 2020.  

Ex-Arkadios Capital Financial Advisor is Accused of Unsuitability & Concentration

A former broker and investment advisor, Marc Frederick Korsch, is currently named in several pending customer disputes in which, as of November 2021,  the claimants are still seeking to recover $2.8M in damages.

Korsch was an Arkadios Capital financial advisor for six months until early September 2021. The investor claims naming him appear to be from his time with other broker-dealers including:

Pennsylvania Financial Advisor is Accused of Making Unsuitable Recommendations 

Austin Richard Dutton, Jr., an American Trust Investment Services stockbroker, is currently the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration case. The self-regulatory organization (SRO) has made a preliminary determination to recommend disciplinary action against him. The Doylestown, PA financial advisor is accused of violating FINRA Rules 2111,  2010, and 4511.  

FINRA announced its preliminary determination involving Dutton in March 2021. FINRA Rule 2111 has to do with suitability and requires broker-dealers and their registered representatives to only make recommendations that are suitable for each customer.  Rule 2010 mandates that members abide by high standards of commercial honor and fair and equitable principles of trade. Rule 4511 requires FINRA members to make records and books and preserve them for at least six years. 

American Trust Investment Services Broker Accused of Recommending Unsuitable Investments to Investors 

David Richard Geake, an Indiana-based broker and investment advisor with American Trust Investment Services, is currently facing three customer disputes in which the claimants are accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations. Geake, who has been in the industry for 22 years, has 12 disclosures on his BrokerCheck, including other customer disputes. 

If you are an investor who has suffered losses while working with American Trust Investment Services broker David Geake, contact our Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) today.

Former Tucson, Arizona Financial Advisor Has Two Pending Complaints on Record

If you suffered losses while working with ex-Morgan Stanley registered representative Francisco Javier Valenzuela, you may have grounds for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim to recover your losses. Valenzuela, who is also a former registered investment advisor, has seven disclosures on his BrokerCheck record, including two pending disputes. 

Our broker negligence attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are looking into customer claims of investment losses they experienced while working with Francisco Valenzuela or any other Morgan Stanley registered representative. If you are one of these investors, call (800) 259-9010 today.

Syosset, NY Financial Advisor is Named in $920K of Pending Customer Disputes Alleging Unsuitability

Our energy, oil and gas investment fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are looking into allegations that David Lerner Associates broker, Martin Kevin Walcoe, may have unsuitably sold Energy 11 LP, Energy Resources 12, and Spirit of America Energy (SOAEX) investments to customers. All three investments have been sold exclusively by David Lerner Associates’ registered representatives to its customers.

Walcoe has spent his entire 34 years in the industry as a David Lerner Associates broker. He has five disclosures on his BrokerCheck record. Two of them are still pending, with customers seeking $920K in damages:

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.  

Denver Financial Advisor Mark Barrand Named in Pending Customer Disputes 

Mark Allen Barrand, an Ameriprise Financial broker based in Denver, has nine customer claims on his BrokerCheck record. The most recent one, brought in February 2021, was from his time as a Cetera Advisors registered representative. 

Barrand has worked 14 years in the industry, and he is also an investment adviser. Other firms where he used to be registered include Legacy Advisor Services and Legacy Financial Services.

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