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Dunkerley Named in $43 Million Dollar Fraud Scheme Tied to LAFC Soccer Team Owner

In an alleged fraud with ties to a major Southern California professional sports team, The SEC named former Burnham Securities (Irvine, CA) broker Hugh David Dunkerley as one of nine individuals who ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Broker-Dealers Still May Be Held Liable for Selling Away Losses: A Woodbridge Case Study

A recent InvestmentNews editorial illustrates that broker-dealers may still be liable for the actions of its brokers, even if the rogue broker sells away from the firm or otherwise engages non-clients ...
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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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FINRA's 2019 Exam Priorities Feature Senior Protections, Suitability, Outside Business Activities

FINRA identified several sales practice risks and investor protection points of emphasis in its 2019 risk monitoring and examination priorities letter, building upon a 2018 decision to concentrate on ...
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SEC's Latest Los Angeles Complaint Charges 11 More in Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

FINRA-registered brokers Alan Harold New co-owner of Synergy Investment Services and Jeffrey L Wendel, formerly of Center Street Securities and Wendel Investment Network headline a list of 11 ...
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FINRA Reports Problems with Overconcentration in REITs, Unsuitable Variable Annuity Recommendations

FINRA's 2018 year-end Examination Findings Report identified several problem areas in the securities industry relative to broker and firm interactions with retail investors, including ...
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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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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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Stephen T Hurtuk Barred During Unsuitable Recommendations Investigation

FINRA barred former Stifel, Nicolaus & Company broker Stephen Thomas Hurtuk for failing to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers in ...
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Lincoln Investment Planning Sanctioned for Failing to Apply Sales Charge Discounts to Eligible Retirement Customers

FINRA censured and sanctioned Lincoln Investment Planning, LLC for failing to apply available sales charge waivers to eligible retirement accounts and charitable organizations from 2011 through June ...
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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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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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National Planning Corp, Investment Centers of America, SII Investments and IFC Holdings Fined $1.7 Million, Ordered to Pay $6 Million in Restitution for Variable Annuity Sales Misconduct

FINRA fined four firms—National Planning Corporation, Investment Centers of America, SII Investments, and IFC Holdings aka INVEST Financial Corporation—a total of $1.7 million and ordered ...
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FINRA Bars Paul Soll Over Investigation into Elder Abuse, Churning, and Unsuitable Penny Stock Recommendations

FINRA barred former Financial West Group and Western International Securities (both Los Angeles, California) broker Paul Edward Soll for refusing to cooperate with an investigation involving trading ...
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