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Facing $14 Million Complaint, Morgan Stanley of Los Angeles Terminates Kerry M Moy over Inaccurate OBA Info

After Morgan Stanley of Los Angeles discharged Southern California broker Kerry M Moy based on allegations regarding Moy's submission of inaccurate information for business expenses, inaccurate ...
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Nina Jessee Latest Cetera Advisors Broker Barred by FINRA

FINRA barred former Cetera Advisors broker Nina Sue Jessee for failing to cooperate into an investigation into an unauthorized outside business activity, capping off a file of 25 disclosures, a ...
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Ron Ray Willoughby Cited for Unsuitable Short-Term UIT Trading

FINRA sanctioned former Morgan Stanley and LPL Financial broker Ron Ray Willoughby aka Ronald Willoughby, presently with Kestra Investment Services in Venice, California, for engaging in short-term ...
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Wedbush/Hilltop Securities Broker Mark Augusta Accused of Fraud, Financial Elder Abuse

A flurry of recent customer disputes filed against Southern California broker Mark Fred Augusta, formerly of Wedbush Securities in Solana Beach and presently of Hilltop Securities in Del Mar, CA, ...
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FINRA Sanctions Steven Cooper for Unsuitable Share Class Conversions

Broker Steven Paul Cooper, formerly of UBS Financial Services' Century City, CA branch, consented to FINRA's findings that he recommended and made a series of unsuitable mutual fund trades in ...
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Jonathan W. Evans & Associates Announces Filing of FINRA Arbitration Claim Against Western International Securities & Dennis Albert Mehringer, Jr.

On May 6, 2019, the Law Offices of Jonathan W. Evans & Associates filed a Statement of Claim and Demand for Arbitration against Western International Securities, Inc. and its former broker Dennis ...
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Michael ("Mikey") Tanha Cited for Outside Business Activities, Private Securities Transactions

FINRA fined and suspended broker Michael Milad Tanha, formerly of Merrill Lynch in Beverly Hills, CA, for engaging in undisclosed outside business activities and participating in private securities ...
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Kajo Movsesian Barred After Review into Conduct Inconsistent with Merrill Lynch Standards

FINRA barred former Merrill Lynch broker Kajo Movsesian of the firm's Glendale, CA branch after he refused to cooperate with an investigation into his departure from Merrill Lynch for what the ...
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Jamie Bennett Sanctioned for Failing to Review E-mails, Use of Outside E-mail Address

FINRA fined and suspended Jamie Silber Bennett, CCO of Silber Bennett Financial of Encino, California, for failing to review or capture representative e-mails. The investigation found that Bennett ...
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Voya Financial Cited for Mutual Fund Sales Charge & Supervisory Failures

FINRA sanctioned Voya Financial Advisors for failing to apply front-end sales charge discounts to eligible retirement plan and charitable organization customers who purchased Class A shares in certain ...
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Sarah Banon Barred for Failing to Cooperate with Investigation

Broker Sarah Leanne Banon, formerly with JP Morgan Securities in Pacific Grove, California, refused to appear for on-the-record testimony with FINRA in connection into allegations that she ...
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John Ernst Sanctioned for Ponzi-Laden Woodbridge Note Sales

FINRA fined and suspended former Foresters Equity Services (San Diego, CA) broker John Dale Ernst for engaging in undisclosed and unapproved private securities transactions in soliciting investors to ...
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Frederick Holloway Barred for Improper Variable Annuity Exchange Recommendations & Dishonest Conduct

FINRA barred Frederick David Holloway of Holloway & Associates, Inc for improperly recommending unsuitable variable annuities (VA) exchanges to at least 39 clients, earning over $214,000 in ...
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FINRA Identifies 5 High-Price Issues in Unsuitable Variable Annuity Recommendations

In December 2018, FINRA's year-end Examination Findings Report FINRA identified five problems with industry-wide variable annuity sales related to how firms recommend these funds to customers. ...
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Glendale Securities (Sherman Oaks) Brokers Sanctioned in Penny Stock Misconduct

FINRA sanctioned Glendale Securities, Inc. and brokers George Alberto Castillo, Paul Eric Flesche, and Albert Raymond Laubenstein of the firm's Sherman Oaks, California branch, and Huanwei Huang ...
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Ed Matthes Barred After Misappropriation, Forged Account Statement Allegations

FINRA barred former Mutual of Omaha financial adviser Edward Earl "Ed" Matthes after he failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations he misappropriated funds from clients and ...
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Ranking the 20 Large-Cap Mutual Funds and ETFs with the Worst One-Year Returns

Citing market turbulence, Financial Planning identified vulnerability in once-reliable large-cap funds and compiled a list of the 20 worst-performing large-cap mutual funds and ETFs, including ...
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JWE Investigating Brokers Who Sold Future Income Payments (FIP) in $300 Million Ponzi Scheme

In the wake of a federal grand jury's indictment of Future Income Payments and its owner Scott A. Kohn of Newport Coast, California for fraud over an alleged Ponzi scheme targeting pensioners and ...
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Investors Seeking to Recover Losses from Unsuitable UBS' Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES)

In the wake of severe industry losses at the hands of volatility virus XIV, Credit Suisse's VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term Exchange-Traded Note, UBS' Yield Enhancement Strategy ...
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Broker Bonuses and Forgivable Loans - When Brokers Place Personal Profits Above Client Interests, a William Mark Heiden Case Study

On the heels of FINRA's January 2019 complaint charging former Wedbush Securities broker William Mark Heiden of Southern California with unauthorized trading in elderly clients' brokerage ...
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Law Offices of Jonathan W. Evans & Associates Investigating Dennis Albert Mehringer for Suitability, Overconcentration into Risky Bonds

The Law Offices of Jonathan W. Evans & Associates is investigating FINRA broker Dennis Albert Mehringer Jr., formerly of Western International Securities in Pasadena, California, for ...
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Laguna Niguel's Craig Arsenault Barred for $5.7 Million Fraud of Atlas Capital Clients

Finding that Southern California investment adviser Craig Arsenault defrauded customers while associated with Atlas Capital Management, SEC staff barred Arsenault, writing that Arsenault committed his ...
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NAC Affirms Amerprise Broker Jim Jinkook Seol's EB-5 Private Securities Transactions and Outside Business Activities Bar

After a FINRA OHO hearing panel barred Amerprise Financial Services broker Jim Jinkook Seol ( CRD #2876279 ) of the firm's Irvine, CA branch for selling away from the firm by soliciting $100 ...
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Wedbush Pays $250k to Settle Supervision Failure Charge for SoCal Rep Timary Delorme's Pump-and-Dump Fraud

The SEC censured and ordered Wedbush Securities to pay a $250,000 penalty for failing to supervise broker Timary Delorme in Wedbush's Los Angeles office. In the twilight of her 40-year career with ...
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Sigma Financial Sanctioned for Deficient Non-Traditional ETF Supervisory System

FINRA fined Sigma Financial Corporation $100,000 for failing to establish, maintain, and enforce adequate an supervisory system and procedures related to the sales of leveraged, inverse, and ...
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