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“The arbitrators in these FINRA claims over the past decade have been seeing cases around product suitability for the clients,” Scott said. “A lot of them involve these illiquid alternative investments like GWG bonds.”
Mr. Silver continued, “The question is why anyone would recommend this product to a client. This case is not about the customer, it’s about the product. The arbitrators appear shocked to hear billions of dollars of this stuff is sold.”
These investments were never suitable for individual investors, but that didn’t stop brokers and broker-dealers from selling them. In the continuing fallout over L-Bonds, investors have been filing FINRA arbitration claims against the broker-dealers who sold the L-Bonds to them. FINRA arbitrator Richard Kent Mahrle commented that based on the company’s shaky financial situation, L-Bonds were “not a suitable investment for the [client,] or perhaps anyone.”

In an article in Investment News, Silver Law Group founder Scott Silver weighed in on a FINRA arbitration action involving a broker-dealer and financial advisor who sold a client GWG Holdings’ illiquid L-Bonds.

“The arbitrators in these FINRA claims over the past decade have been seeing cases around product suitability for the clients,” Scott said. “A lot of them involve these illiquid alternative investments like GWG bonds.” Continue reading ›

Kwame Adusei (CRD#: 6166926) is a former broker and investment advisor last employed with  Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777) of Poughkeepsie, NY. His previous employers were J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (CRD#:79) of Brewster, NY, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Chappaqua, NY. He has been in the industry since 2013.
A customer dispute filed on 6/2/2023 alleged that funds were withdrawn from her account from September 1, 2022, to February 3, 2023, without her knowledge. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management settled this dispute for $395,710.21.Kwame Adusei (CRD#: 6166926) is a former broker and investment advisor last employed with  Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777) of Poughkeepsie, NY. His previous employers were J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (CRD#:79) of Brewster, NY, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Chappaqua, NY. He has been in the industry since 2013. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating claims on behalf of stockholders who lost 95% of the principal they invested in funds offered by Hatteras Investment Partners LP after Hatteras sold their funds to The Beneficient Company in 2021.  
Beneficient is tied to GWG, which declared bankruptcy in 2022 after suffering catastrophic losses for investors. A recent lawsuit against certain Beneficient Officers and/or Directors has revealed substantial allegations of misconduct and fraud throughout the companies.  
According to Hatteras SEC filings, on December 7, 2021, the Hatteras Master Fund, L.P. exchanged interests in the Adviser Funds for Beneficient Preferred Series B-2 Unit Accounts and entered into a Registration Rights Agreement with the Beneficient Company Group, L.P. 
If you invested in Hatteras Investment Partners Funds and have questions about your legal rights, or if you have information relevant to this matter, contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at 800-975-4353 to discuss your potential options. Silver Law Group is investigating claims on behalf of stockholders who lost 95% of the principal they invested in funds offered by Hatteras Investment Partners LP after Hatteras sold their funds to The Beneficient Company in 2021.  

Beneficient is tied to GWG, which declared bankruptcy in 2022 after suffering catastrophic losses for investors. A recent lawsuit against certain Beneficient Officers and/or Directors has revealed substantial allegations of misconduct and fraud throughout the companies.   Continue reading ›

According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules. However, these individuals remain bound by the securities arbitration agreement to arbitrate any disputes between themselves and their former customers:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
James Brown American Independent Securities Group, LLC
Edward Jones
Victor Droubie jr. LPL Financial LLC
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
Chun Elmejjad Equitable Advisors, LLC
AXA Advisors, LLC
Jonathan Gervaise Jackson National Life Distributors LLC
Pruco Securities, LLC
Jonathan Long Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Cetera Financial Specialists LLC
Thomas Prieur Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation
The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company
Ronald Wells II Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA for failing to comply with a FINRA arbitration award or settlement agreement pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Kwame Adusei Morgan Stanley
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Kevin Arvoy D.A. Davidson & Co.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Stephen Florio Cambridge Investment Research, Inc..
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Mitchell Roby Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2024, the following individuals were barred from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Vinessa Christian UBS Financial Services Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher Inc.
Cody Coffey Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Denzel Coleman J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
John Kersey Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC
Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were barred from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Gabriela Alfaro Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Michael Capolongo Network 1 Financial Securities Inc.
Worden Capital Management LLC
Stalin Cruz SW Financial
Windsor Street Capital, L.P.
Michael Fasciglione Aegis Capital Corp.
National Securities Corporation
Isaiah Frection NYLife Securities LLC
Richard Goldston Edward Jones
Johnathan Hagood Wells Fargo Clearings Services, LLC
Adriano Schultz J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
Brittny Stagnitto

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules. However, these individuals remain bound by the securities arbitration agreement to arbitrate any disputes between themselves and their former customers:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Kwame Adusei Morgan Stanley
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Brittany Anderson
Gianluca De Berardinis Morgan Stanley
Quad Capital, LLC
Brian Hall
Monu Joseph Rosenblatt Securities Inc.
CIBC World Markets Corp.
Sylviah Kemunto
Sebastian Puznowski Equitable Advisors, LLC
AXA Advisors LLC
Carlos Ramirez Citizens Securities, Inc.
Key Investment Services LLC
Shaquane Smith-Thompson J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Quintosha Thomas

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA for failing to comply with a FINRA arbitration award or settlement agreement pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Timothy Breslin B. Riley Wealth Management
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Robin Johnson aka Robin Runco CFD Investments, Inc.
J.W. Cole Financial, Inc.
Jason Kurtz U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
Edward Jones
Leslie Markus Jr. Lincoln Investment
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
David Morris Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Duncan Sandlin Waddell & Reed
AXA Advisors, LLC

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Minnesota-based broker-dealer Principal Securities has been sued by a local nonprofit over allegations of churning in variable annuities by one of its former registered representatives. The company disclosed this information in its recently filed annual focus report with the SEC. Principal Securities is also the subject of a separate FINRA arbitration claim based on the actions of the same representative.
The plaintiff in this case is the Legacy of Angels Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and private family foundation with the mission, “To improve the lives of children by working to promote the expansion of newborn screening, and to further education, awareness, and research for Krabbe disease and Cystic Fibrosis to provide a better treatment and a cure.”  In June 2023, the nonprofit became known as the Rosenau Family Research Foundation.  
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that Principal Securities made unsuitable recommendations, failed to supervise, and forfeiture of fees and commissions collected by the representative. The representative was not named in the report. The company expects losses in this case to be between $3 million and $5 million. The report was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2024.Minnesota-based broker-dealer Principal Securities has been sued by a local nonprofit over allegations of churning in variable annuities by one of its former registered representatives. The company disclosed this information in its recently filed annual focus report with the SEC. Principal Securities is also the subject of a separate FINRA arbitration claim based on the actions of the same representative. Continue reading ›

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