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Blog Posts in August, 2018

David Unsworth Sanctioned for Undisclosed Private Securities Sales

FINRA fined and suspended David Woods "Chip" Unsworth Jr., formerly of National Securities Corporation in San Francisco, California, for failing to disclose a private securities transactions ...
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Ex-Wells Fargo Broker Joseph Eschleman Sanctioned for Unauthorized Use of Discretion

FINRA fined and suspended ex-Wells Fargo Clearing Services and current Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (both Sacramento, CA) broker Joseph Frederick Eschleman for exercising discretion without ...
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Massive Woodbridge Fraud Grows as 5 Charged With Selling $243 Million of Ponzi Product to 1,600 Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged five salespeople for posing as financial advisers even though they were not registered with the Commission, selling $243 million-worth of Woodbridge ...
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Merrill Lynch to Pay $8.9 Million to SEC for Failing to Disclose Conflict of Interest

The SEC censured Merrill Lynch and ordered the firm pay $8.9 million in fines, disgorgment and penalties after finding the firm violated the Advisers Act by failing to disclose a key conflict of ...
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SEC Bars BKS Advisors' Roger Denha for Fraudulent Cherry-Picking Trade Allocation Scheme

The SEC barred Brandt, Kelly & Simmons Securities broker and BKS Advisors investment adviser Roger Thomas Denha for engaging in a fraudulent trade allocation scheme known as "cherry ...
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SEC Issues Ameriprise Financial Cease-and-Desist Order over Failure to Detect Misappropriation and Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Ameriprise Financial Services, finding that the firm failed to adopt and implement policies and procedures to ...
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StockCross Financial Services, LA Broker Peter Cunningham Accused of Fraudulent, Unethical UIT Trading Practices

Founded in Boston and now based in Beverly Hills, California, StockCross Financial Services and its Los Angeles-based broker Peter Edward Cunningham stand accused of causing losses in customer ...
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Frank Marino Sanctioned for False, Misleading, and Inaccurate Claims on Cannabis Investment Company Website

FINRA fined and suspended Frank Thomas Marino, formerly of Privex Securities in Lake Forest and Marv Capital of Newport Beach, CA, for operating or helping to administer a website for a cannabis ...
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Former Transamerica Broker Roy Gaytan Sanctioned for Discretionary Trading Violations

FINRA fined and suspended former Transamerica Financial Advisors (Thousand Oaks, CA) rep Roy Aurelio Gaytan for discretionary trading violations that took place in 2016 and 2017 in which he allegedly ...
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Compliance Officer Claims Retaliation in Firing from Purshe Kaplan Sterling After Reporting Alt Investment Red Flags to FINRA

Former Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, Inc. compliance officer Toni Caiazzo Neff filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming that Purshe Kaplan fired her after she contacted a senior ...
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Kenny Mezher Sanctioned for Unapproved Crescent Ridge Volatility Fund Transactions

FINRA fined and suspended former Growth Capital Services, Inc. (San Francisco) broker Kenny Danny Mezher for selling nearly $180,000 in limited partnership interests in an unapproved private security ...
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