Articles Tagged with Worden Capital Management

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. 

SRO Was Investigating Trading Activity in Customers’ Accounts

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred Salvatore Pizzimenti from the industry. The ex-Worden Capital Management broker was under investigation for trades made in customers’ accounts. The industry bar came after Pizzimenti refused to give testimony in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe into the allegations.

Salvatore Pizzimenti, a former New York broker, has six disclosures on his BrokerCheck record. Aside from the bar, the other five are customer disputes.

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.

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