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Edward Matthes (Edward Earl Matthes CRD:# 2788055, aka “Ed Matthes”) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Mutual Of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD#:611) of Oconomowoc, WI. Previous employers include Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387), also of Oconomowoc, MML Investors Services, Inc. (CRD#:10409) of Chesterfield, MO, and Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387) of Minneapolis, MN. He has been in the industry since 1996. Matthes is the subject of 25 disclosures dating back to 2005. The most recent disclosures leading to charges began on 3/12/2019 after he was dismissed from Mutual of Omaha. The firm alleged that he created fictitious account statements for clients and deposited client money into his own bank accounts. The FBI began an investigation three days after Matthes’ termination, on 3/15/2019.Edward Matthes (Edward Earl Matthes CRD:# 2788055, aka “Ed Matthes”) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Mutual Of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD#:611) of Oconomowoc, WI. Previous employers include Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387), also of Oconomowoc, MML Investors Services, Inc. (CRD#:10409) of Chesterfield, MO, and Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387) of Minneapolis, MN. He has been in the industry since 1996. Continue reading ›

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is urging investors to be on high alert to avoid falling victim to investment fraud.  A December, 2020 press release from the SEC stated that they had experienced a “significant uptick in tips, complaints, and referrals involving investment scams” and warned that turbulent times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are prime opportunities for fraudsters to try to victimize investors.  The press release included tips to help investors avoid the following fraudulent investment scams:The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is urging investors to be on high alert to avoid falling victim to investment fraud.

A December, 2020 press release from the SEC stated that they had experienced a “significant uptick in tips, complaints, and referrals involving investment scams” and warned that turbulent times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are prime opportunities for fraudsters to try to victimize investors. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating fuboTV Inc. (FUBO) on behalf of investors for potential violations of federal securities laws.  fuboTV Inc. is a live streaming platform that allows customers to access sports, entertainment, and news in the United States and Europe.  Motley Fool Article Alleges “Big Problem With FuboTV Stock”  On January 4, 2021, The Motley Fool published an article on its website with the title “There’s a Big Problem With FuboTV Stock”. The article said that despite fuboTV stock making huge gains in 2020, the company was “wildly unprofitable” and characterized it as trying “to put lipstick on a pig with a creative metric.”  The article said that the company’s “adjusted contribution margin”, supposedly showing profitability, was “meaningless” and showed how quickly subscribers were being gained, not profitability. The article called this a red flag, and fuboTV’s stock fell over 13% the day the article was published.Silver Law Group is investigating fuboTV Inc. (FUBO) on behalf of investors for potential violations of federal securities laws.

fuboTV Inc. is a live streaming platform that allows customers to access sports, entertainment, and news in the United States and Europe. Continue reading ›

Timothy Engelmann (CRD#: 4933563 Timothy Aaron Engelmann) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Albuquerque, NM. His previous employers include Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616), also of Albuquerque, and Wells Fargo Investments, LLC (CRD#:10582) of Tucson, AZ. He has been in the industry since 2005.  LPL Financial discharged Engelmann on 11/29/2019 after discovering that he twice violated the firm’s policy regarding borrowing money from clients. The firm filed a Form U5 indicating that he had been terminated regarding the policy.Timothy Engelmann (CRD#: 4933563 Timothy Aaron Engelmann) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Albuquerque, NM. His previous employers include Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616), also of Albuquerque, and Wells Fargo Investments, LLC (CRD#:10582) of Tucson, AZ. He has been in the industry since 2005. Continue reading ›

Pratul Agnihotri (CRD#: 4031797, aka “Victor Agnihotri”) is a previously registered broker whose last known employer was SW Financial (CRD#:145012) of Melville, NY. His previous employers included Spartan Capital Securities, LLC (CRD#:146251) of New York, NY, Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#:15007) of Melville, NY, and Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609) of New York, NY.  Four of Agnihotri’s previous employers have been expelled by FINRA.  He has been in the industry since 1999.  While affiliated with Aegis, and then Spartan, Agnihotri engaged in an outside business activity (OBA) by forming a company called Exergizer, a company selling a piece of exercise equipment. He also became the company’s CEO. Agnihotri failed to notify both of his employers about this non-firm activity as required by FINRA’s Rule 3270.  Aegis’ policy requires the firm to be notified of all non-firm activity in writing. During his tenure from February 2015 through October 2017, Agnihotri failed to notify Aegis of his involvement with Exergizer. He also answered “no” to the question of OBAs on his compliance questionnaires in 2015 and 2015.Pratul Agnihotri (CRD#: 4031797, aka “Victor Agnihotri”) is a previously registered broker whose last known employer was SW Financial (CRD#:145012) of Melville, NY. His previous employers included Spartan Capital Securities, LLC (CRD#:146251) of New York, NY, Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#:15007) of Melville, NY, and Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609) of New York, NY.

Four of Agnihotri’s previous employers have been expelled by FINRA.  He has been in the industry since 1999. Continue reading ›

Narinder Singh (Narinder Kaur Singh CRD:# 3100308, aka “Narinder Dutt”) is a previously registered broker whose last known employer was Farmers Financial Solutions, LLC (CRD#:103863) of Sacramento, CA. Her previous employers include Proequities, Inc. (CRD#:15708), Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc (CRD#:16164) and Oneamerica Securities, Inc. (CRD#:4173), all of Elk Grove, CA.  She has been in the industry since 1998.  FINRA’s investigation began in October of 2019 after both Transamerica and Proequities filed Form U5 amendments indicating that there was a pending arbitration filed by a customer alleging that Singh invested their funds into a fraudulent investment. Farmers’ then terminated Singh’s registration with a Form U5 filed on November 6, 2019.  Singh initially cooperated with the FINRA investigation, but on August 18, she indicated in a phone call with FINRA staff that she would not provide on-the-record testimony at any time. Therefore, FINRA barred Singh indefinitely as of 8/28/2020.Narinder Singh (Narinder Kaur Singh CRD:# 3100308, aka “Narinder Dutt”) is a previously registered broker whose last known employer was Farmers Financial Solutions, LLC (CRD#:103863) of Sacramento, CA. Her previous employers include Proequities, Inc. (CRD#:15708), Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc (CRD#:16164) and Oneamerica Securities, Inc. (CRD#:4173), all of Elk Grove, CA.  She has been in the industry since 1998. Continue reading ›

According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for December 2020, 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
  Jamie Bennett   Silber Bennett Financial, Inc.
  Silver Portal Capital LLC
  Chelsea Flohr   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Jon Foster   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Mark Grenier   David Lerner Associates, Inc.
  Maxim Group LLC
  Dorinda Lumpkin   BBVA Securities Inc.
  Jorge Pica   Suntrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.
  Stephens Inc.
  Aaron Pierett   Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
  Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Alexander Walker   Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for December 2020, 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
  Katie Blando   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  Thomas Marino   R.M. Stark & Co., Inc.
  J.W. Cole Financial, Inc.
  Narinder Singh   Farmers Financial Solutions, LLC
  ProEquities, Inc.

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for December 2020, 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
  Michael Albarella   HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
  People’s Securities, Inc.
  Dean Grosskreutz   Allstate Financial Services, LLC
  Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc.

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Keith Simmons (Keith Frederick Simmons CRD: #730619) is a broker and investment advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of Miami, FL. He has been with Merrill Lynch since 1981, and is registered in 30 states.  Simmons is the subject of a customer dispute filed on 5/29/2020 by a client who alleges “unsuitable investment recommendations.”  The client requests damages of $8,000,000. No additional information is available. The dispute is currently listed as “pending.”  A previous customer dispute filed on 12/2/2009 alleges “misrepresentation regarding the liquidity and risk of auction rate securities in June 2008.”  This case involved the sale of auction rate securities.  Merrill Lynch settled for $300,000, the cost of repurchasing these securities. The case was settled to avoid the continued cost and uncertainty of litigation. Simmons took no part in the settlement.  A customer dispute filed on 10/17/1997 alleged that Simmons “oversold” a client’s shares without authorization. The client requested reinstatement of the shares, worth $9,000. Merrill Lynch settled the matter for $9,000 to avoid litigation.Keith Simmons (Keith Frederick Simmons CRD: #730619) is a broker and investment advisor with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of Miami, FL. He has been with Merrill Lynch since 1981, and is registered in 30 states. Continue reading ›

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