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Cetera's George Merhoff Barred on 35th Broker Disclosure After $3.8 Million in Settlements

FINRA barred former Cetera Advisors broker George Craig Merhoff after he refused to cooperate with Enforcement's investigation into allegations he made undisclosed payments to customers. In 2017, ...
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Profits Before People - GPB Capital Paid High Commissions to Sell Troubled Products

A new report from InvestmentNews contends that GPB Capital arranged to pay its broker-dealers and representatives tens of millions of dollars in high-priced commissions in exchange for having its reps ...
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Patrick Foley Barred After Investigation into Accepting Loans from Elderly Client

FINRA barred former Merrill Lynch (Ontario, California) broker Patrick Neal Foley for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into allegations he accepted loans from an elderly Merrill Lynch ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Spach Barred for Trying to Settle Complaint Away from Firm

FINRA barred former Kestra Investment Services (Aliso Viejo, CA) broker John William Spach after he settled a customer dispute away from the firm and refused to cooperate with a subsequent ...
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Disgraced Merrill Lynch Broker Thomas Buck Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Securities Fraud

One year after the SEC barred ex-Merrill Lynch and RBC Capital broker Thomas Joseph Buck from the securities industry (and three years after FINRA barred him for the same), a federal judge sentenced ...
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Thomas E Burns Sanctioned for Alt Investment Mistakes at Crown Capital

FINRA fined and suspended Thomas Edward Burns III for a series of errors on Alternative Investment Forms while at Crown Capital Securities (Orange, CA) that resulted in customer complaints and caused ...
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Unauthorized Trading, Suitability, and Customer Abuse Complaints Catch Up to Wedbush's William Mark Heiden of Southern California

With 14 customer disputes and millions paid in settlements since 2015 surrounding allegations of unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading, overconcentration, abuse of margin, fraud, elder ...
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LPL Financial Sues Barred Ex-Broker Christopher Lossing over $292,000 Theft it Inadvertently Aided

Shortly after FINRA barred former LPL Financial broker Christopher Joseph Lossing for failing to cooperate with its investigation, we're learning why Lossing was in trouble to begin with, as LPL ...
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FINRA's Bar of NMS Capital's Mansourian, Saliba, Tabizon, Younger Becomes Final

After FINRA barred former NMS Capital Securities (Beverly Hills, California) brokers Arthur Mansourian, Trevor Michael Saliba, Richard Daniel Tabizon (all Southern California), and Sperry Randall ...
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Donald Logan Fined $25k for Unauthorized Discretionary Trades, Having Customers Sign Blank Documents

FINRA fined and suspended former Edward Jones and Waddell & Reed broker Donald Logan for exercising 365 discretionary trades in 42 customer accounts from 2014 through 2018, all without ...
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Gary Pevey Barred Over Unauthorized Note Sales in Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

FINRA barred former Mutual Securities Inc. (Sacramento, CA) broker Gary Lyle Pevey for selling $1.11 million in Woodbridge promissory notes to 15 investors. Woodbridge is the name of the real estate- ...
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2019 SEC Exam Priorities Zero In on High Fees, Conflicts of Interest, and Mutual Fund & ETF Risks

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its 2019 examination priorities, with an emphasis on protecting investors—especially senior clients and retirement accounts—from excessive ...
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