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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cetera Advisor Networks Fined $1.4 Million for Broker Koehler's Unsuitable Churning and Excessive Mutual Fund Trading

FINRA fined El Segundo, CA-headquartered Cetera Advisor Networks $1.4 million for a handful of violations and failures regarding broker Mark Charles Koehler's unsuitable and excessive trading of ...
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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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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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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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