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FINRA requested comments on its proposed rule to limit registered representatives from being “named as a customer’s beneficiary or holding a position of trust for or on behalf of a customer.” Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized investor rights law firm, has submitted a comment letter to FINRA that states our support for addressing this issue. Submitted by managing partner, Scott Silver, Esq., he comments that our firm has seen a rise in cases involving stockbrokers who improperly borrow money from clients, pressure clients to make the financial advisor part of the estate, and other trust and estate issues.FINRA requested comments on its proposed rule to limit registered representatives from being “named as a customer’s beneficiary or holding a position of trust for or on behalf of a customer.” Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized investor rights law firm, has submitted a comment letter to FINRA that states our support for addressing this issue. Submitted by managing partner, Scott Silver, Esq., he comments that our firm has seen a rise in cases involving stockbrokers who improperly borrow money from clients, pressure clients to make the financial advisor part of the estate, and other trust and estate issues. Continue reading

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Robert Montes (Robert Frederico Montes) (CRD#: 835488), a barred broker formerly with Morgan Stanley (CRD#: 149777) in Palm Harbor, Florida, is the subject of 4 disclosures on his BrokerCheck report. Montes has been in the industry since 1977. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for Wells Fargo Advisors (CRD#: 19616), Prudential Securities Incorporated (CRD#: 7471), Salomon Smith Barney (CRD#: 7059), Lehman Brothers (CRD#: 7506), E.F. Hutton & Company (CRD#: 235), Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#: 7691), and Oppenheimer & Co. (CRD#: 630).Robert Montes (Robert Frederico Montes) (CRD#: 835488), a barred broker formerly with Morgan Stanley (CRD#: 149777) in Palm Harbor, Florida, is the subject of 4 disclosures on his BrokerCheck report.

Montes has been in the industry since 1977. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for Wells Fargo Advisors (CRD#: 19616), Prudential Securities Incorporated (CRD#: 7471), Salomon Smith Barney (CRD#: 7059), Lehman Brothers (CRD#: 7506), E.F. Hutton & Company (CRD#: 235), Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#: 7691), and Oppenheimer & Co. (CRD#: 630). Continue reading

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it has taken emergency action to stop an alleged $6 million Ponzi scheme that took money from at least 55 people, many of whom are seniors.  The SEC obtained a temporary asset freeze and restraining order against Neil Burkholz of Boca Raton, Florida, and Frank Bianco, of Pembroke Pines, Florida and their companies Palm Financial Management LLC and Shore Management Systems LLC.The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it has taken emergency action to stop an alleged $6 million Ponzi scheme that took money from at least 55 people, many of whom are seniors.

The SEC obtained a temporary asset freeze and restraining order against Neil Burkholz of Boca Raton, Florida, and Frank Bianco, of Pembroke Pines, Florida and their companies Palm Financial Management LLC and Shore Management Systems LLC. Continue reading

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The SEC has published a fact sheet for identifying and reporting senior financial exploitation for brokers, transfer agents, and financial advisors.We’ve all heard at least one story about an investor who put money into something that was supposed to be the “next best thing,” maybe even with a “guaranteed return.”  Unfortunately, that “next big thing” turned out to be fraudulent. As we at Silver Law Group have reported on our many blogs, senior investors have been particular targets of such blatant fraudulence. In some cases, these investors are bankrupted, and their years of lost savings and careful investments have left them dependent on Social Security. Continue reading

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For years, financial advisers have walked a fine line when receiving financial inheritances from their clients. Unfortunately, the line between an adviser’s professional obligations and their personal interests is very easily blurred­­—a reality that leads to complicated fraud and ethics violations.In this blog post, we’ll look into the legal issues associated with financial inheritances from clients by financial advisers, potential solutions to the problem, and how a group of bipartisan lawmakers are taking action and calling to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for reform.For years, financial advisers have walked a fine line when receiving financial inheritances from their clients. Unfortunately, the line between an adviser’s professional obligations and their personal interests is very easily blurred­­—a reality that leads to complicated fraud and ethics violations.

In this blog post, we’ll look into the legal issues associated with financial inheritances from clients by financial advisers, potential solutions to the problem, and how a group of bipartisan lawmakers are taking action and calling to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for reform. Continue reading

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Has a broker or financial advisor asked to be a beneficiary in your will? Financial advisors should not be participating in a client’s estate. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds, (R.-S.D.), Tina Smith, (D-Minn.) and Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md.) recently sent a formal letter to FINRA requesting that the agency draft and enact new regulations for both advisors and firms prohibiting them from receiving these types of inheritances, and requiring any inheritances to be forfeited. It also requests that the representatives and/or firms pay large fines, and restrict individuals from serving as financial advisors and representatives in the future. Current regulations allow brokers and financial representatives to accept inheritances from their clients. However, many brokerage firms prohibit the practice.Has a broker or financial advisor asked to be a beneficiary in your will? Financial advisors should not be participating in a client’s estate.

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds, (R.-S.D.), Tina Smith, (D-Minn.) and Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md.) recently sent a formal letter to FINRA requesting that the agency draft and enact new regulations for both advisors and firms prohibiting them from receiving these types of inheritances, and requiring any inheritances to be forfeited. It also requests that the representatives and/or firms pay large fines, and restrict individuals from serving as financial advisors and representatives in the future. Current regulations allow brokers and financial representatives to accept inheritances from their clients. However, many brokerage firms prohibit the practice. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group is investigating Boca Raton, Florida-based Newbridge Securities Corporation broker David Fagenson (CRD# 1652012) after FINRA suspended him for eight (8) months for alleged misconduct in elder customer brokerage accounts.According to Fagenson’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, FINRA suspended the Florida-based broker in November 2018. FINRA suspended Fagenson after he entered into an Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC) that found Fagenson engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in three (3) senior customer brokerage accounts while employed by UBS Financial Services Inc.Silver Law Group is investigating Boca Raton, Florida-based Newbridge Securities Corporation broker David Fagenson (CRD# 1652012) after FINRA suspended him for eight (8) months for alleged misconduct in elder customer brokerage accounts.

According to Fagenson’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, FINRA suspended the Florida-based broker in November 2018. FINRA suspended Fagenson after he entered into an Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC) that found Fagenson engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in three (3) senior customer brokerage accounts while employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. Continue reading

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When you’re considering working with a financial professional, how do you pick the right person? Do you choose someone with an impressive-sounding title/designation that makes it seem like they have expertise helping people just like you, such as “senior specialist” if you’re a senior citizen?While a designation like that might inspire confidence, before you work with anyone, you may be surprised to learn what really goes into getting these designations. It might not mean what you think it means.

When you’re considering working with a financial professional, how do you pick the right person? Do you choose someone with an impressive-sounding title/designation that makes it seem like they have expertise helping people just like you, such as “senior specialist” if you’re a senior citizen?

While a designation like that might inspire confidence, before you work with anyone, you may be surprised to learn what really goes into getting these designations. It might not mean what you think it means. Continue reading

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Robert Lee Basile (CRD#: 2392772, aka “Bob Basile”) is a former registered broker and investment advisor who was last employed with PARK AVENUE SECURITIES LLC (CRD#:46173) of Corona, CA. His previous employers include Waddell & Reed (CRD#:866) of Riverside, CA, National Planning Corporation (CRD#:29604) of Chino, CA, and Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of St. Louis, MO. He began in the industry in 2009. Basile has only one disclosure, filed on 11/16/2018. In it, he was sanctioned and indefinitely barred by FINRA. Without admitting or denying the findings, Basile consented to the sanctions and signed an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) letter. In 2014, Basile’s mother opened a brokerage account at Waddel & Reed shortly after he began employment there, with Basile serving as the broker. Between January 2015 and October 2017, Basile began withdrawing funds without his mother’s knowledge or consent to use for his own living expenses. He improperly converted over $130,000 of his elderly mother’s money.

Robert Lee Basile (CRD#: 2392772, aka “Bob Basile”) is a former registered broker and investment advisor who was last employed with PARK AVENUE SECURITIES LLC (CRD#:46173) of Corona, CA. His previous employers include Waddell & Reed (CRD#:866) of Riverside, CA, National Planning Corporation (CRD#:29604) of Chino, CA, and Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of St. Louis, MO. He began in the industry in 2009.

Basile has only one disclosure, filed on 11/16/2018. In it, he was sanctioned and indefinitely barred by FINRA. Without admitting or denying the findings, Basile consented to the sanctions and signed an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) letter. Continue reading

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Chris Raymond Kubiak (CRD#: 1527367) is a previously registered broker whose last employer was Calton & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:20999) of Brookfield, WI. His previous employers include American Global Wealth Management, Inc. (CRD#:7388) of McDonough, GA, Freedom Investors Corp. (CRD#:23714) of Brookfield, and Dreher & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:8665) of Oakbrook Terrace, IL.  He has been in the industry since 1986.On 9/25/2018, Kubiak was arrested and charged with “felony theft by fraud” (Theft 943.20(1)(b)). The charges are currently pending, and he has not yet entered a plea.Chris Raymond Kubiak (CRD#: 1527367) is a previously registered broker whose last employer was Calton & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:20999) of Brookfield, WI. His previous employers include American Global Wealth Management, Inc. (CRD#:7388) of McDonough, GA, Freedom Investors Corp. (CRD#:23714) of Brookfield, and Dreher & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:8665) of Oakbrook Terrace, IL.  He has been in the industry since 1986.

On 9/25/2018, Kubiak was arrested and charged with “felony theft by fraud” (Theft 943.20(1)(b)). The charges are currently pending, and he has not yet entered a plea. Continue reading

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