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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for June 2021, 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
  Lorenzo Atkins   The Huntington Investment Company
  Fifth Third Securities, Inc.
  Cyntera Belser   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Amanda Berry   MML Investors Services, LLC
  NYLife Securities LLC
  Tiffany Burgess
  James Carpenter II   Simplified Wealth Management
  LPL Financial LLC
  Jinnie Chean   Allstate Financial Services, LLC
  Paul Furusho   AWA Capital, Inc
  Comprehensive Asset Management & Servicing, Inc.
  Courtney Mahdak   Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  Marco Rivera   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Janie Royal   Key Investment Services LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for June 2021, 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
  Gina Adly   MML Investors Services, LLC
  NYLife Securities LLC
  Patrick Carberry   AXA Advisors, LLC
  NYLife Securities LLC
  Roy Cederfranco   Morgan Stanley
  Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
  Michael Gopie   AXA Advisors, LLC
  Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc
  Cary Kievman   Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  Gaetano Magarelli   Newbridge Securities Corp
  Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  Margarita Medina   LPL Financial LLC
  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for June 2021, 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
  Nathaniel Eklund   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Geneos Wealth Management, Inc.
  Idean Esfahani   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Justyn Euan   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Ngonidzashe Parirenyatwa   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Planco Financial Services, LLC
  Laquita Antionette Pettis   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Rodney Repko   Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation
  Valic Financial Advisors, Inc.
  George Stills, Jr.   Securian Financial Services, Inc.
  AXA Advisors, LLC

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Dustin Shafer (Dustin Paul Shafer CRD# 34198962) is a former registered broker and investment advisor who was registered most recently with Newbridge Securities Corporation from 2019-2020, but spent the previous decade of his career with Money Concepts Capital Corp in Springfield, Illinois. Shafer worked in the brokerage industry since 2000.  Dustin Shafer Discharged From Newbridge Securities  In November 2020, Shafer was discharged from Newbridge. According to Shafer’s BrokerCheck Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Shafer’s discharge stemmed from allegations that he “borrowed money from an existing client without firm pre-approval, in contradiction of firm policies.”  Allegations That Shafer Borrowed From Clients Leads To Regulatory Sanctions  First, in December 2020, Shafer was investigated by the Illinois Securities Department for allegations that while employed by Newbridge and Money Concepts, he “borrowed over $55,000 from one of his elderly clients” in violations of Illinois securities laws.  For this alleged misconduct, the state issued a permanent bar.Dustin Shafer (Dustin Paul Shafer CRD# 34198962) is a former registered broker and investment advisor who was registered most recently with Newbridge Securities Corporation from 2019-2020, but spent the previous decade of his career with Money Concepts Capital Corp in Springfield, Illinois. Shafer worked in the brokerage industry since 2000. Continue reading ›

A growing trend in the brokerage industry is for financial advisers to offer their customers access to pre-IPO “deals”. Often, investors are promised “inside access” to invest in start-ups or even well-known companies before the initial public offerings (“IPOs”), but in reality investors are just investing in some sort of venture or company that promises to acquire the pre-IPO shares.  While the sales pitch of getting in on the ground floor of growing companies can be enticing to retail investors, many pre-IPO investment “vehicles” are in fact complex products that contain hidden commissions and fees that make it nearly impossible for investors to turn a profit.  Investors should be weary of these products. While there are legitimate and profitable ways to invest in pre-IPO companies, this type of investment is highly susceptible to fraud, self-dealing, and other misconduct and these products are sometimes sold by unregistered brokers and there is even a risk that these products can be outright frauds.A growing trend in the brokerage industry is for financial advisers to offer their customers access to pre-IPO “deals”. Often, investors are promised “inside access” to invest in start-ups or even well-known companies before the initial public offerings (“IPOs”), but in reality investors are just investing in some sort of venture or company that promises to acquire the pre-IPO shares. Continue reading ›

Kevin Meadows (Kevin Kimball Meadows CRD #2878889) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was IBN Financial Services, Inc. of Liverpool, NY. Prior to working at IBN, Meadows was registered with Lombard Securities Incorporated, Cape Securities Inc, and First Allied Securities, Inc.  Meadows has been in the securities industry since 1997.  Kevin Meadows Failed To Cooperate With FINRA’s Investigation Into Misconduct  In May 2021, FINRA indefinitely barred Meadows from working in the brokerage industry. According to FINRA’s Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent with Meadows, he declined to provide documentation and information along with on-the-record testimony after a former employer disclosed a customer complaint on his record.  Just a year earlier, FINRA suspended Meadows for three months following an investigation into his aggressive trading of three accounts belonging to an elderly customer at Cape Securities, resulting in losses. According to FINRA:  Meadows excessively and unsuitably traded three accounts of a senior customer Meadows controlled the trading in these three accounts by recommending almost all of the tradesKevin Meadows (Kevin Kimball Meadows CRD #2878889) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was IBN Financial Services, Inc. of Liverpool, NY. Prior to working at IBN, Meadows was registered with Lombard Securities Incorporated, Cape Securities Inc, and First Allied Securities, Inc.  Meadows has been in the securities industry since 1997. Continue reading ›

On July 1, 2021, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Ross Baldwin of Precious Commodities, Inc. (PCI) and National Coin Broker, Inc. (NCB) has been criminally charged for an alleged fraud related to a precious metals leasing scheme involving millions of dollars. Silver Law Group filed a federal court case (link to complaint) in the Southern District of Florida on behalf of several victims of the alleged scheme. Two other people were criminally charged in connection to the silver lease program, and a parallel civil enforcement action was also filed by the Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC) against Baldwin, PCI, NCB, and others. Alleged Precious Commodities/National Coin Broker Silver Leasing Scheme The CFTC’s complaint alleges that from 2014 through 2019, PCI and NCB “engaged in a fraudulent and deceptive scheme to solicit and misappropriate at least $8 million in funds and silver from at least 60 investors in connection with a fraudulent silver leasing program, referred to as the “Silver Lease Program.” The Silver Lease Program promised investors guaranteed monthly payments in exchange for use of silver that investors purchased from NCB or already owned. Investors were told that they would receive about 4%-5% for the lease of their silver, which would purportedly be used to fulfill purchase orders and then be replaced.On July 1, 2021, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Ross Baldwin of Precious Commodities, Inc. (PCI) and National Coin Broker, Inc. (NCB) has been criminally charged for an alleged fraud related to a precious metals leasing scheme involving millions of dollars.

Silver Law Group filed a federal court case in the Southern District of Florida on behalf of several victims of the alleged scheme. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating potential claims related to investments in L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings. The company missed recent key SEC filing deadlines and these investments may be in serious financial trouble. In April 2021, GWG temporarily paused sales of L Bonds. In May 2021, Nasdaq formally notified GWG of its noncompliance with listing rules.  GWG Holdings (GWGH) is a Dallas-based financial services firm that offers a variety of services, including life insurance and alternative investments. GWG sold billions of dollars worth of L Bonds over the past several years, and investors are now growing concerned about the status of these investments.  What Are L Bonds?  Generally speaking, L Bonds are a relatively new financial product that purportedly offers higher yields than typical publicly traded, fixed income bonds. L Bonds are sold by life insurance companies that buy back the policies from policyholders.  The bonds are supposed to help finance the purchase of the policies.Silver Law Group is investigating potential claims related to investments in L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings. The company missed recent key SEC filing deadlines and these investments may be in serious financial trouble. In April 2021, GWG temporarily paused sales of L Bonds. In May 2021, Nasdaq formally notified GWG of its noncompliance with listing rules. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group represents investors with losses caused by fraud at Miami-area hedge funds.  Hedge funds are investment partnerships that are not as regulated or transparent as other types of investments. Hedge funds can invest in a wide variety of products that other investment vehicles cannot, which can provide very high returns in some cases. Investors may also suffer significant losses in hedge funds, and their minimal transparency can make it difficult for investors to evaluate them.  Miami Known For Hedge Fund Fraud And Other Schemes  Miami, Florida has been the home base for many hedge fund fraudsters and Ponzi schemers. It’s been said that fraud is one of Florida’s biggest industries.  Silver Law Group helps investors around the country and overseas in recovering investment losses due to fraud, stockbroker misconduct, and other causes. We have an office in New York, but our main office is in south Florida. Scott Silver, Silver Law Group’s managing partner, is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School.Silver Law Group represents investors with losses caused by fraud at Miami-area hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment partnerships that are not as regulated or transparent as other types of investments. Hedge funds can invest in a wide variety of products that other investment vehicles cannot, which can provide very high returns in some cases. Investors may also suffer significant losses in hedge funds, and their minimal transparency can make it difficult for investors to evaluate them. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating Rekor Systems, Inc. (REKR) regarding potential claims for investors in the company to recover losses. The investigation concerns potential violations of the federal securities laws.  If you have losses from investing in Rekor Systems, Inc. (“REKR") contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com.  The company’s largest revenue stream comes from a contract for their systems for tracking uninsured motorists. This UVED (uninsured vehicle enforcement diversion) partnership is with the state of Oklahoma. Rekor would identify drivers with their ALPR or “automated license plate readers,” and collect fees on behalf of the state.  Despite comments about winning similar contracts with New York, Florida, Texas, and numerous other states, these mandates did not pass, and no new contracts have been signed. Currently, Oklahoma is the only UVED partnership.  Two reports indicate that the ambitious figures for Oklahoma discussed by CEO Robert Berman were speculative, at best, and overstated by 96%. A report from Western Edge indicated that the company’s “potential revenue guidance” may be overstated by as much as 80%. Additionally, the Mariner Research Group published a report titled “REKR—Government documents to not support investor expectations.”Silver Law Group is investigating Rekor Systems, Inc. (REKR) regarding potential claims for investors in the company to recover losses. The investigation concerns potential violations of the federal securities laws.

If you have losses from investing in Rekor Systems, Inc. (“REKR”) contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com. Continue reading ›

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