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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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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 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
  Kameise Bickham
  John Boatright   Newbridge Securities Corporation
  Summit Brokerage Services, Inc.
  Keri Fazio   MML Investors Services, LLC
  Austin Fox   Cetera Investment Services LLC
  Corecap Investments, Inc.
  Melissa Gilcrease   Allstate Financial Services, LLC
  Bethany Hewett   Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC
  Xinwo Li   Pruco Securities, LLC
  Ronald Molo   Edward Jones
  Marcus Moon   NYLife Securities LLC
  Robert Paterson   Truist Investment Services, Inc.
  BB&T Securities, LLC
  Lisa Robinson   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Nathaniel Robinson   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Herbert Weith IV   Equitable Advisors, LLC
  Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 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
  Maria Acevedo   Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
  Alicia Chester   BBVA Securities Inc.
  Anthony DiDonna   Equitable Advisors, LLC
  David Hixon   Morgan Stanley
  ProEquities, Inc.
  James Kent Jr.   Emerson Equity LLC
  Newport Coast Securities, Inc.
  Scott Levine   Ascendiant Capital Markets, LLC
  BMA Securities
  Mario Martinez   Mutual of Omaha Investors Services, Inc.
  AIG Capital Services, Inc.
  John Sommo   UBS Financial Services Inc.
  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  Stephen Wenske   Edward Jones

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 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
  Joseph Likens   LPL Financial LLC
  Cornerstone Wealth Management, LLC
  Guy Newman   GVC Capital LLC
  Bathgate Capital Partners LLC
  John Santariello   Arive Capital Markets
  Cape Securities Inc.
  Jeanette Stofleth   Cetera Investment Services LLC
  Morgan Stanley

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Boca Raton, FL-based National Securities Corporation has received a fine of $663,000 after FINRA found that it deceived investors from December 2017 through January 2018. At issue is the price of shares offered in a private placement. National Securities will pay $300,000 in fines and the rest in disgorgement, plus interest.  National Securities identified companies that were likely to become publicly traded in the future through its affiliated investment adviser, National Asset Management. By identifying companies that were the subject of discussion in the financial press and finding shareholders willing to sell their interests, they were able to make private placement offerings of these companies before their anticipated initial public offering (IPO). Once approved by National Securities, the firm’s representatives would begin marketing and selling these interests to their customers.   But in this case, National Securities claimed to have two sources for these shares, but only had one. The shares at the disclosed price were only available during the first offering. The firm continued to market and sell these shares for the second offering even though they had no shares at that price.  According to the complaint, the firm claimed that the interest would be in this private company and the shares would cost no more than $9.75 each. Unfortunately, the firm was unable to locate any shares for that price. Later, the firm purchased these shares at a price that was double what they listed in the offering, which “contravened Section 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933,” and violated FINRA rule 2010.Boca Raton, FL-based National Securities Corporation has received a fine of $663,000 after FINRA found that it deceived investors from December 2017 through January 2018. At issue is the price of shares offered in a private placement. National Securities will pay $300,000 in fines and the rest in disgorgement, plus interest. Continue reading ›

According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for February 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
  Antonio Bestard   Edward Jones
  Morgan Stanley
  Kevin Burckhard   Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC
  Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
  Odalis Duran   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Chase Investment Services Corp.
  Travis Eiland   HD Vest Investment Services
  Jeremy Fortner   Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  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
  Marc Korsch   Arkadios Capital
  Centaurus Financial, Inc.
  Jun Ouyang   Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
  Bryan Richey   NYLife Securities LLC
  Pruco Securities, LLC
  Dennis Riordan   Aeon Capital Inc.
  Rothschild Lieberman LLC
  Ebony Staples

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for February 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
  Christ Baltas   Worden Capital Management LLC
  Wilmington Capital Securities, LLC
  Timothy Flynn   Trident Partners Ltd.
  First Montauk Securities Corp.
  Robert Satterfield   Morgan Stanley
  UBS Financial Services Inc.
  George Schmidt, Jr.   Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation
  Horner, Townsend & Kent, Inc.
  Keith Wakefield   IFS Securities
  IFS Capital Markets, LLC

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