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Sean J. Waters Barred for Churning Senior Citizen's Retirement Accounts, Racking Up Fees and Losses

FINRA barred former Financial West Group (Los Angeles, CA) broker Sean J Waters for excessive trading in his elderly client's individual and IRA accounts with reckless disregard for his senior ...
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Frank Dietrich Cited for Selling $10.8 Million in Investments in Woodbridge Group of Companies Ponzi Scheme

FINRA barred broker Frank Roland Dietrich for his participation in a massive $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme related to investments in the Woodbridge Group of Companies, disciplining the former Quest ...
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Terminated JP Morgan Broker Hector Villalta Sanctioned for Unapproved Outside Business Activity

FINRA fined and suspended former JP Morgan (Culver City and Santa Monica, CA branches) broker Hector Villalta for engaging in an outside business activity without prior written notice to or approval ...
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San Diego "Financial Whiz of Local Airwaves" Kyle Harrington Barred After Conversion, Undisclosed Private Securities Transaction Investigations

FINRA barred former National Securities Corporation (San Diego) broker Kyle Patrick Harrington for allegedly trying to obstruct FINRA and firm investigations into allegations that he converted ...
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Robert Basile Arrested, Barred For Stealing $130,000 from Elderly Client-His Mother

After Chino, California police arrested Robert Lee Basile for stealing $130,000 from his elderly mother's brokerage account, FINRA barred the former Waddell & Reed and Park Avenue Securities ...
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Michael Scott Livermore Sanctioned for Failing to Report Felonies

Michael Scott Livermore's 23-year career with Merrill Lynch in Stockton, California came to an abrupt end earlier this year when the firm discharged him for failing to timely disclose reportable ...
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Luke Powell Sanctioned for Unauthorized Participation in $350,000 Private Securities Transactions

FINRA fined Luke Andrew Powell for participating in private securities transactions totaling $350,000 without providing proper written notice to his firm, Flying Cloud Securities of San Francisco, ...
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Morningstar's List of 20 Worst Performing Active Mutual Funds

Using Morningstar Direct data, Financial-Planning released a list of the 20 worst-performing actively managed mutual funds in the industry over the past three years, finding that a combination of high ...
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Michael Heath Sanctioned for Personal E-mails, Communications in Violation of First Allied Securities Policies

FINRA fined and suspended Michael Eugene Heath, formerly of First Allied Securities of Ladera Ranch, California, for using an unapproved, personal e-mail account to communicate with customers about ...
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LPL Ex-Broker Sonya Camarco Sentenced to 20 Years for Stealing Client Funds, Fraud

The US District Court for Colorado sentenced former LPL Financial representative Sonya Delora Camarco to 20 years in prison for stealing several millions of dollars from clients between 2013 and 2017 ...
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David Ferwerda Barred in Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme, 1 Global Capital Fraud Investigation

FINRA barred former Signator Investors Inc. broker David Carl Ferwerda for failing to cooperate with its investigation into the $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme concerning the Woodbridge Group of Companies, ...
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Intrepid Investment Bankers President W Michael Rosenberg Sanctioned for Undisclosed Accounts Away from Firm

FINRA fined and suspended Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC (Los Angeles, CA) Senior Managing Director and President W Michael Rosenberg for failing to timely disclose new investment accounts he opened ...
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John Simoncic Barred for Churning Retirement Accounts with VIX ETF

FINRA barred John Scott Simoncic, formerly of Financial West Group (Reno, Nevada and San Diego, California) and Securities America (Solana Beach, CA), for churning customer accounts, engaging in ...
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SEC Charges Barred First Allied Broker Paul Rampoldi, Convicted of Fraud in Ardea Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commissioner barred San Diego's Paul Thomas Rampoldi from acting as a broker, several months after Rampoldi's conviction in US District Court for the Southern ...
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Andrew Mandell Barred for Refusing to Appear During Investigation

FINRA barred Andrew Jason Mandell, formerly of Network 1 Financial Securities in Oakland and Olympus Securities of New York, for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into potential ...
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Joshua R. Jones fomerly of JP Morgan Sanctioned for Check Kiting

FINRA fined and suspended Joshua Robert Jones, formerly of JP Morgan Securities' Santa Monica branch, for transferring funds from an outside account to his personal bank account and onto a check ...
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Charla Kabana Barred During Investigation into Variable Annuity Business at LPL Financial

FINRA barred Charla Cynthia Kabana after she refused to cooperate with an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her termination from LPL Financial of Huntington Beach, CA, in which the firm ...
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Former Morgan Stanley Broker John-Aaron Lenhert Cited for Borrowing Funds from Customers

FINRA fined and suspended John-Aaron Lenhert, formerly of Morgan Stanley in Laguna Niguel, California, for borrowing funds from multiple customers without approval and for related misrepresentations, ...
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Daniel Kittner Suspended for 700 Unauthorized Discretionary Trades

FINRA fined and suspended former Ameritas Investment Corp. broker Daniel K Kittner for effecting approximately 700 trades in six accounts without first contacting his customers. The findings indicate ...
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IFG's Jon Pariser Barred During Investigation into Unsuitable Investments, Referral to Unlicensed Agent

FINRA barred former Independent Financial Group (Pacific Grove, CA) broker Jon Richard Pariser after he failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations surrounding the recommendation or ...
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CFP Board Issues Revocation to Barred Wells Fargo Broker Charles Frieda

Barred from FINRA in December 2017 for unsuitable over-concentration in speculative oil and gas securities, resulting in significant losses for elderly customers, Anaheim's Charles Henry Frieda no ...
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Robert Torcivia Disciplined Over Beneficiary Designations, Inheriting Money from Clients

FINRA fined and suspended former Ameriprise Financial Services and Moors & Cabot, Inc broker Robert Charles Torcivia for improperly accepting and failing to disclose fiduciary and beneficiary ...
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FINRA Sanctions Ryan Logan for Commission Sharing After Unregistered Assistant Sold Variable Annuities Without a License

FINRA fined and suspended Southern California broker Ryan Alexander Logan, formerly of MML Investors Services in Newport Beach, for commission sharing with an unregistered person—his sales ...
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UNG Leads Worst Performing Passive Funds Since 2008's Financial Crisis

For many investors with conservative-to-moderate risk tolerance looking for investment income, a so-called "passive fund" may often be the way to go: place money in low-cost products and ...
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Uncooperative Juergen Weber (Unsuitable, Unauthorized Trades) and Benjamin S. Johnson (Failure to Report Liens) Barred

Former Benjamin & Jerold Brokerage representative Juergen received a permanent bar from the securities industry after failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he made ...
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