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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 ›

Jason Zahtila (Jason Luke Zahtila CRD#: 4009691) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with American Capital Partners, LLC (CRD#: 119249) of Hauppage, NY. His previous employers include JW Genesis Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:11025) of St. Louis, MO and Morgan, Taylor & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:37447) of Mineola, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2000.  Zahtila is the subject of eight disclosures, all customer disputes. The most recent is a pending dispute, filed on 10/26/2020, alleging “unsuitable investments, churning and commission charges” with requested damages of $900,000.00. Zahtila denies the allegations and intends to defend himself in the matter.  A previous disclosure filed on 2/12/2015 by a different client had similar allegations of unsuitability and churning. The client requested damages of $384,224.87, and the claim was settled through mediation for $80,000 to avoid the cost of litigation.Jason Zahtila (Jason Luke Zahtila CRD#: 4009691) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with American Capital Partners, LLC (CRD#: 119249) of Hauppage, NY. His previous employers include JW Genesis Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:11025) of St. Louis, MO and Morgan, Taylor & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:37447) of Mineola, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2000. Continue reading ›

Ryan Raskin (Ryan Ashley Raskin CRD# 5539610) is a former registered broker and investment advisor was registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#7691) in Beverly Hills, California from 2016-2020. Raskin previously worked with Morgan Stanley in Woodland Hills, California from 2009-2016.  In March 2020, Raskin was discharged from Merrill Lynch following allegations of “business practices inconsistent with Firm standards, including inappropriate investment recommendations.”  Following Raskin’s Termination From Merrill Lynch, FINRA Investigates  According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), after Merrill Lynch reported Raskin’s discharge, FINRA started an investigation that included sending requests for production of information and documents to Raskin. Raskin did not respond to these requests. FINRA’s Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent with Raskin (AWC), states that Raskin acknowledged receipt of the requests, but “stated that he did not intend to respond . . .”.  Failure to produce information and documents in response to FINRA’s request is a violation of FINRA Rules.  As a result, Raskin consented to a permanent bar from associating with any FINRA member in all capacities. Ryan Raskin (Ryan Ashley Raskin CRD# 5539610) is a former registered broker and investment advisor was registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#7691) in Beverly Hills, California from 2016-2020. Raskin previously worked with Morgan Stanley in Woodland Hills, California from 2009-2016. Continue reading ›

Spartan Capital Securities, LLCSpartan Capital Securities, LLC, a FINRA-registered brokerage firm based in New York, New York, has several brokers who are the subject of multiple investor complaints alleging a variety of misconduct including, but not limited to, misrepresentation, unsuitability, churning, unauthorized trading, and more. While based in New York, Spartan Capital is registered to do business throughout the United States, operating primarily in the Northeastern U.S., predominantly in New Jersey.  Spartan Capital Has Faced Recent Regulatory Challenges  In 2019, Spartan Capital consented to a $15,000 fine and was sanctioned by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities after failing to report regulatory actions against a Spartan Capital agent, Jospeh Morris Thurnherr, who was already under a heightened supervision agreement that required Spartan Capital to notify the New Jersey Bureau of Securities of such actions. Thurnherr has since been barred from acting as a broker and has three pending and one settled customer dispute on his record.  Spartan Capital further agreed to “cease and desist from further violations of the Securities Law and will comply with the Securities Law,” according to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities’ Consent Order., a FINRA-registered brokerage firm based in New York, New York, has several brokers who are the subject of multiple investor complaints alleging a variety of misconduct including, but not limited to, misrepresentation, unsuitability, churning, unauthorized trading, and more. While based in New York, Spartan Capital is registered to do business throughout the United States, operating primarily in the Northeastern U.S., predominantly in New Jersey. Continue reading ›

Steven Luftschein (Steven Robert Luftschein CRD# 2690117) was recently barred from acting as a broker by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) following an investigation into allegations that Luftschein violated federal securities laws. Luftschein, who operated in the greater New York area, was registered with Aegis Capital Corp. from 2013-2016, and then with Joseph Stone Capital LLC for the years 2017-2018.  FINRA Filed A Disciplinary Complaint In May 2020  In May 2020, the FINRA Department of Enforcement filed a Complaint against Luftschein alleging that “while associated with Aegis Capital Corp. . . . [Luftschein] churned and excessively traded the accounts of three of his Firm customers . . .”.  Specifically, FINRA alleged:  Luftschein frequently engaged in unauthorized trading by making purchases and sales of securities without first discussing the transactions with Customers and obtaining their authorization; Luftschein’s churning and excessive trading was unsuitable and caused losses of more than $261,000 in the Customers’ accounts; and Luftschein’s trading in the Customers’ accounts generated gross sales credits and commissions of approximately $136,200, with Luftschein receiving a substantial percentage of this amount.  For allegedly engaging in this misconduct, FINRA brought causes of action for (1) Churning in violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act, Rule 10b-5, and FINRA Rules 2020 and 2010, (2) Excessive Trading/Quantitative Unsuitability in violation of FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010, and (3) Unauthorized Trading in violation of FINRA Rule 2010.  In January 2021, Luftschein ultimately accepted an offer of settlement wherein he agreed to a bar from association with any FINRA member firm in any capacity.Steven Luftschein (Steven Robert Luftschein CRD# 2690117) was recently barred from acting as a broker by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) following an investigation into allegations that Luftschein violated federal securities laws. Luftschein, who operated in the greater New York area, was registered with Aegis Capital Corp. from 2013-2016, and then with Joseph Stone Capital LLC for the years 2017-2018. Continue reading ›

Peter Girgis (Peter N. Girgis CRD: 4520444) is a registered broker currently employed with SW Financial (CRD#: 145012) of New York, NY. His previous employers include Worden Capital Management LLC (CRD#:148366) and Legend Securities, Inc. (CRD#:44952, expelled by FINRA, 04/17/2017), also of New York, NY, and Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC (CRD#:24795) of Staten Island, NY. One other former employer, Brookstone Securities, Inc. (CRD#:13366) of Staten Island, was also expelled by FINRA on 10/09/2012. He has been in the industry since 2002.  On 9/15/2020, FINRA filed a note to begin a preliminary determination to recommend disciplinary action against Girgis. This came after an allegation that he engaged in excessive trading and churning as well as recommended an “unsuitable active trading strategy” to his clients. FINRA has not yet taken any further action in the matter.  A client dispute filed on 2/21/2017 filed against Peter Girgis alleged churning and excessive commissions on his part. The client requested damages of $21,000, and the firm settled for $4,999.00. The report is based on a notification to FINRA and a request for arbitration. Girgis’ comment indicated that because the amount was under $5,000 and settled prior to arbitration, it was not reportable to FINRA.Peter Girgis (Peter N. Girgis CRD: 4520444) is a registered broker currently employed with SW Financial (CRD#: 145012) of New York, NY. His previous employers include Worden Capital Management LLC (CRD#:148366) and Legend Securities, Inc. (CRD#:44952, expelled by FINRA, 04/17/2017), also of New York, NY, and Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC (CRD#:24795) of Staten Island, NY. One other former employer, Brookstone Securities, Inc. (CRD#:13366) of Staten Island, was also expelled by FINRA on 10/09/2012. He has been in the industry since 2002. Continue reading ›

William Athes (William Nicholas Athes CRD#: 3165470) is a currently registered broker employed by SW Financial (CRD#: 145012 of Melville, NY.) His previous employers include Worden Capital Management LLC (CRD#:148366), also of Melville, K.C. Ward Financial (CRD#:145135) of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Securities America, Inc. (CRD#:10205) of Port Jefferson, NY. He has been in the industry since 1999.  A client filed a dispute on 5/4/2020 alleged that from 5/2/2019 to 4/23/2020, Athes engaged in unsuitable trading, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and churning. This claim is pending, and the client requests damages of $84,932.35.  Following this dispute, FINRA began an investigation and issued a preliminary determination on 9/14/2020 to recommend disciplinary action against Athes after allegations of churning, unsuitable recommendations, and other similar allegations.William Athes (William Nicholas Athes CRD#: 3165470) is a currently registered broker employed by SW Financial (CRD#: 145012 of Melville, NY.) His previous employers include Worden Capital Management LLC (CRD#:148366), also of Melville, K.C. Ward Financial (CRD#:145135) of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Securities America, Inc. (CRD#:10205) of Port Jefferson, NY. He has been in the industry since 1999. Continue reading ›

Robert Buffington (CRD#:5220332) is a previously registered broker whose last employer was Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD# 15007) of New York, NY. Prior employers include Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609), Maxim Group LLC (CRD#:120708) and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. (CRD#:79), all of New York. He has been in the industry since 2007. No current employment information is available. Buffington is the subject of four disclosures, all customer disputes. The most recent was filed on 3/9/2020, with allegations of unsuitability, and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty in an unspecified time frame. This dispute requests damages of $642,224.00. Two previous disputes were filed on 1/17/2020 and 1/21/2020, respectively. Both contain allegations of unsuitability, churning, common law fraud, and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty. The dispute filed on 1/17 claims a timeframe of November 2018 through the present. The other dispute has an unspecified time frame. All three of these disputes are pending.Robert Buffington (CRD#:5220332) is a previously registered broker whose last employer was Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD# 15007) of New York, NY. Prior employers include Gunnallen Financial, Inc (CRD#:17609), Maxim Group LLC (CRD#:120708) and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. (CRD#:79), all of New York. He has been in the industry since 2007. No current employment information is available. Continue reading ›

Mack Miller is a currently suspended broker who was last registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC in New York, New York. FINRA suspended Miller in April, 2020 for an entry of findings that he churned an elderly customer’s account.  Before starting at Spartan Capital Securities (CRD# 146251) in 2017, Miller worked for Dawson James Securities, Inc. (CRD# 130645), Lampert Capital Markets Inc. (CRD# 103725), and others. He had been in the securities industry since 2004 and worked for several firms that have been expelled by FINRA, including Sky Capital LLC (CRD# 114657), Seaboard Securities, Inc. (CRD# 755), Legend Merchant Group, Inc. (CRD# 5155), Blackbook Capital LLC (CRD# 123234), and Arjent LLC (CRD# 131431).Mack Miller is a currently suspended broker who was last registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC in New York, New York. FINRA suspended Miller in April, 2020 for an entry of findings that he churned an elderly customer’s account.

Before starting at Spartan Capital Securities (CRD# 146251) in 2017, Miller worked for Dawson James Securities, Inc. (CRD# 130645), Lampert Capital Markets Inc. (CRD# 103725), and others. He had been in the securities industry since 2004 and worked for several firms that have been expelled by FINRA, including Sky Capital LLC (CRD# 114657), Seaboard Securities, Inc. (CRD# 755), Legend Merchant Group, Inc. (CRD# 5155), Blackbook Capital LLC (CRD# 123234), and Arjent LLC (CRD# 131431). Continue reading ›

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