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Christopher Bond (Christopher Edward Bond CRD# 4658534) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with National Securities Corporation (CRD#: 7569) of Melville, NY. He was previously employed with Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609) of Tampa, FL and Ehrenkrantz King Nussbaum, Inc. (CRD#:113525, expelled by FINRA on 10/12/2012) of Melville, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2003.  In a FINRA disciplinary action, Bond was discovered to have exercised discretions in four NSC customer brokerage accounts on 288 occasions without written authorization. While he did have their verbal permission, he also needed this permission in writing, in accordance with FINRA Rules 3260(b) and 2010.Christopher Bond (Christopher Edward Bond CRD# 4658534) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with National Securities Corporation (CRD#: 7569) of Melville, NY. He was previously employed with Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609) of Tampa, FL and Ehrenkrantz King Nussbaum, Inc. (CRD#:113525, expelled by FINRA on 10/12/2012) of Melville, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2003. Continue reading ›

GWG L Bonds are a relatively new financial product that purportedly offers higher yields than typical publicly-traded, fixed-income bonds. These bonds have significant risk and are not like traditional corporate bonds and other conservative investments. Silver Law Group has been retained by investors to pursue securities arbitration claims against brokerage firms who recommended GWG bonds alleging that the brokerage firms due diligence was negligent, material risks were not properly disclosed or materially misrepresented to them or their account was improperly concentrated in GWG bonds and other illiquid alternative investments. Continue reading ›

Jordan Whitacre (Jordan David Whitacre CRD# 5828900) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was Arkadios Capital (CRD#:282710) of Anderson, SC. His previous employers were Triad Advisors LLC (CRD#:25803) and The Investment Center, Inc. (CRD#:17839), also of Anderson. He has been in the industry since 2011.  Whitacre has three disclosures: two from his previous employers and one disciplinary action from FINRA.  Wealth Management Advisors placed Whitacre on leave while the firm investigated allegations that he misdirected client funds for his own personal use. During this leave period, he became employed by Arkadios Capital. However, when Arkadios discovered the leave and the reasons behind it, they contacted Wealth Management Advisors and were notified of the “confirmatory findings from the internal review.” Both firms terminated Whitacre on 7/16/2021 based on these findings.Jordan Whitacre (Jordan David Whitacre CRD# 5828900) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was Arkadios Capital (CRD#:282710) of Anderson, SC. His previous employers were Triad Advisors LLC (CRD#:25803) and The Investment Center, Inc. (CRD#:17839), also of Anderson. He has been in the industry since 2011. Continue reading ›

Darryl Cohen (Darryl Matthew Cohen CRD# 2786613) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777) of Westlake Village, CA. His previous employers were Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616), also of Westlake Village, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1997.  After a spate of customer disputes with similar allegations, Morgan Stanley terminated Cohen’s employment on 3/9/21. The reason was due to “Allegations relating to the representative's facilitation of outside client business and transactions not disclosed to or approved by Morgan Stanley and use of an unapproved platform to engage in inappropriate communications with clients.”Darryl Cohen (Darryl Matthew Cohen CRD# 2786613) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777) of Westlake Village, CA. His previous employers were Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616), also of Westlake Village, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1997. Continue reading ›

On Friday, May 13, 2022 the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) sued StraightPath Venture Partners LLC and its three founders in federal court alleging the Florida firm raised over $410 million with fraudulent promises to investors about private companies that may hold IPOs (initial public offerings). The civil complaint was filed in Manhattan and seeks the appointment of a receiver to stop fraud at the firm as well as an asset freeze. SEC Alleges StraightPath Made Ponzi-Like Payments The SEC’s complaint alleges that StraightPath sold its investments by describing them as a way for Main Street investors to buy into the exclusive pre-IPO shares in highly-sought after companies like cryptocurrency exchange Kraken and meat-free burger manufacturer Impossible Foods. But according to the SEC, StraightPath in many cases did not have the shares it claimed to. It is also alleged that the company commingled investor and firm assets and made Ponzi-like payments to certain investors.On Friday, May 13, 2022 the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) sued StraightPath Venture Partners LLC and its three founders in federal court alleging the Florida firm raised over $410 million with fraudulent promises to investors about private companies that may hold IPOs (initial public offerings). Continue reading ›

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) is the subject of an investigation by Silver Law Group regarding possible violations of the federal securities laws.  If you purchased shares of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR), contact Silver Law Group at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com.  Innovative Industrial Properties is an internally managed REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) focused on acquiring, owning, and managing industrial properties leased to cannabis facility operators.Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) is the subject of an investigation by Silver Law Group regarding possible violations of the federal securities laws.

If you purchased shares of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR), contact Silver Law Group at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com. Continue reading ›

Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (SDIG) is the subject of a class action lawsuit and is being investigated by Silver Law Group regarding possible violations of the federal securities laws.  If you purchased shares of Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (SDIG), contact Silver Law Group at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com. The deadline to apply to be lead plaintiff is June 13, 2022.  Stronghold Digital Mining is a New York-based Bitcoin mining company that also “operates coal refuse power generation facilities”.  Initial Public Offering (IPO)  Stronghold Digital Mining held its IPO in October, 2021 with the offering of over 7 million shares of common stock at $19 per share. Net proceeds from the offering were $132 million. B. Reiley Securities and Cowen were the book-running managers, with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. as lead manager and D.A. Davidson & Co, Compass Point, and Northland Capital Markets as co-managers for the offering.Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (SDIG) is the subject of a class action lawsuit and is being investigated by Silver Law Group regarding possible violations of the federal securities laws.

If you purchased shares of Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (SDIG), contact Silver Law Group at (800) 975-4345 or at ssilver@silverlaw.com. The deadline to apply to be lead plaintiff is June 13, 2022. Continue reading ›

According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2022, 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
  Mamdoh Abas   Cetera Advisor Networks LLC
  ProEquities, Inc.
  John Agostino   LPL Financial LLC
  Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
  Adam Schachter   PM Wealth Management LLC
  LPL Financial LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2022, 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
  Antonio Bestard   Edward Jones
  Morgan Stanley
  Kevin Burckhard   Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC
  Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc
  Darryl Cohen   Morgan Stanley
  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  Odalis Duran   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Chase Investment Services Corp.
  Thomas Hagan   Morgan Stanley
  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  Forrest Jones   Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
  Fortune Financial Services, Inc.
  Evan Jordan   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  AXA Advisors, LLC
  Bryan Richey   Eagle Strategies LLC
  NYLife Securities LLC
  Ebony Staples
  Jordan Whitacre   Arkadios Capital
  Triad Advisors LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2022, 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
  Kyleigh Haynes   Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC
  Grant Hebeisen   U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
  Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  Carl Ippolito   Pruco Securities, LLC
  Eagleview Securities, Inc.
  Jaime Quintero   American Independent Securities Group, LLC
  AFA Financial Group, LLC
  J-waun Smiley   Morgan Stanley
  Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  Albert Tejada   Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC

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