Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA dispute resolution claim against Wells Fargo and one of its brokers on behalf of a client who lost over $1,000,000 as a result of bad real estate investment advice he received from his broker.
Robert Perlman (CRD# 1892131) is a currently-registered broker with UBS Financial Services who has 3 customer disputes on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 1 that seeks $750,000 in damages related to investment in the UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES).
Robert Perlman (Robert Benjamin Perlman) has been in the securities industry since 1988 when he started at Lehman Brothers (CRD# 7506). He then worked for Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (CRD# 816) before joining UBS (CRD# 8174) in 2015. He works in New York City. Continue reading
Matthew Crafa (Matthew William Crafa) (CRD#: 3114277), a currently-registered broker with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc (CRD#: 23131) in Garden City, New York, is the subject of 2 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, which are both customer disputes. Mr, Crafa allegedly sold GPB to many residents in Boca Raton, Florida.
Crafa has been at Royal Alliance Associates since 2007. Before that, he worked for Oppenheimer & Co Inc. (CRD#: 249), Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co. Inc. (CRD#: 505), Quick & Reilly, Inc. (CRD#: 11217), Prudential Securities Incorporated (CRD#: 7471), Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. (CRD#: 7556), Royce Investment Group, Inc. (CRD#: 10494). Continue reading
Steven Reznic (a/k/a Steven Paul Reznik, Steve Reznik) (CRD#: 1067199), a previously-registered broker who last worked for Raymond James Financial Services (CRD#: 6694) at their Tallahassee, Florida branch, is the subject of a remarkable 24 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report.
Reznic has been in the industry since 1982. Before joining Raymond James, Reznic worked for Pebsco Securities Corp. (CRD#: 7110), Integrated Resources Equity Corporation (CRD#: 6403), Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. (CRD#: 7556), and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (CRD#: 4095). Continue reading
Silver Law Group recently filed FINRA arbitration claims against a broker-dealer for the recommendation and sale of an unsuitable Regulation D (“Reg. D”) private placement. The broker-dealer marketed the investment as having huge upside because the company’s initial public offering (“IPO”) was coming up. However, despite repeated promises to customers, the IPO never came and customers’ investments are now worthless.
The suit alleges that much of the company’s marketing materials was designed to mislead investors into believing the company was profitable and poised for a lucrative IPO. The broker-dealer failed to conduct adequate due diligence on the company and passed this false or misleading information along to its customers. The broker-dealer turned a blind eye to the risks its customers faced because it received a high commission for the capital raised. Continue reading
Benjamin Benoit Lowder Jr. (CRD: #3014106) is a former registered broker whose last employer was MSI Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:14251) of Charlotte, NC. He was previously employed with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (CRD#:4095), also of Charlotte, NC, and Jefferson Pilot Securities Corporation (CRD#:3870) of Fort Wayne, IN. He has been in the industry since 1998.
Lowder has eight disclosures, seven of which are customer disputes with the same allegations in the FINRA investigation. The first dispute filed was on 4/30/2018, and the most recent filed on 7/1/2009. All but one of these customer disputes filed with FINRA request damages of $25,000.01. Continue reading
Christopher R. (“Cubby”) Bice is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with Sagepoint Financial, Inc. (CRD#: 133763) of Greensboro, NC. His previous employers include A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. (CRD#:4) of St. Louis, MO and UBS Painewebber Inc. (CRD#:8174) of Weehawken, NJ. He has been in the industry since 1999.
Bice is the subject of three customer disputes, with two listed as “pending.” The first dispute was filed on 2/9/2018, and the second on 11/12/2018, and have identical allegations of “unsuitable investment recommendations, investment overconcentration, misrepresentation, and failure to supervise.” The total requested damages for these two disputes is $1,750,000. Continue reading
Leonard Charles Kinsman (CRD: #2816535) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (CRD#:11025) of Staten Island, NY, until 7/4/2019.
Previous employers include Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691), also of Staten Island, NY, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Red Bank, NJ and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CRD#:7059), of Staten Island, NY. Two of Kinsman’s previous employers have been expelled by FINRA. Continue reading
Maria Hendershott (CRD:# 818681) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (CRD#: 705) of Houston, TX. Her previous employers include Legg Mason Wood Walker, Incorporated (CRD#:6555) of Baltimore, MD, First Union Securities, Inc. (CRD#:19616) of St. Louis, MO, and Lovett Underwood Neuhaus & Webb, Inc. (CRD#:22540). She has been in the industry since 1976.
Hendershott is the subject of a current customer dispute filed on 8/5/19 in which a client alleges that she violated FINRA Rule 2210, as well as engaged in unsuitable investments, overconcentration, negligence, and misrepresentations and omissions. The client has requested damages of $175,000, and the claim is currently pending. Continue reading
Gregory Alan Ricker (CRD: 1834893) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer of record was Westpark Capital, Inc. (CRD#:39914) of Boca Raton, FL, which ended on 4/30/2019. According to Ricker’s CRD report, there is no information available on his termination from Westpark. His previous employers include National Securities Corporation (CRD#:7569), also of Boca Raton, Fl, Jesup & Lamont Securities CORP (CRD#:39056, expelled by FINRA on 11/04/2010), and Wachovia Securities, LLC (CRD#:19616), both of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He began in the industry in 1993.
FINRA sent Ricker a request for information and he failed to respond. He was suspended on 9/13/2019, and the suspension was lifted on 12/9/2019. No broker statement is available, and there is no additional information on the contents of the request for information, or if any companies or clients were involved. Continue reading