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Mark Boucher (Mark Joseph Boucher CRD#: 2187695) is a former registered broker and currently registered investment advisor currently registered with his own company, Strategic Wealth Advisor Group Services (SWAG) of Carlsbad, CA. Boucher is SWAG’s only employee. He provided investment advice to 50 clients, managing more than $12M in client funds. His most recent employer was SCF Investment Advisors, Inc. (CRD: 123608) of Fresno, Ca. Previous employers include Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:6694) of Carlsbad, CA, Linsco/Private Ledger Corp. (CRD#:6413) of Fort Mill, SC, and NYLIFE Securities Inc. (CRD#:5167) of New York, NY.Mark Boucher (Mark Joseph Boucher CRD#: 2187695) is a former registered broker and currently registered investment advisor currently registered with his own company, Strategic Wealth Advisor Group Services (SWAG) of Carlsbad, CA. Boucher is SWAG’s only employee. He provided investment advice to 50 clients, managing more than $12M in client funds. Continue reading ›

Apostolos Pitsironis (CRD#: 2804907) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (CRD#:463) of Montgomery, NY. Previous employers include Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Hauppage, NY, RBC Capital Markets, LLC (CRD#:31194) if Jericho, NY, and Morgan Stanley DW INC. (CRD#:7556) of Purchase, NY. He has been in the industry since 1999.Apostolos Pitsironis (CRD#: 2804907) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (CRD#:463) of Montgomery, NY. Previous employers include Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Hauppage, NY, RBC Capital Markets, LLC (CRD#:31194) if Jericho, NY, and Morgan Stanley DW INC. (CRD#:7556) of Purchase, NY. He has been in the industry since 1999. Continue reading ›

George Schmidt, Jr. is a barred broker who was last registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation in Melville, NY. In February, 2020 Schmidt was terminated after an allegation of misappropriation. After that, he was barred from associating with any FINRA member.  Silver Law Group represents investors in cases of stockbroker misconduct, including misappropriation. If you have investment losses, contact Scott Silver for a consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or (800) 975-4345. George Schmidt, Jr. is a barred broker who was last registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation in Melville, NY. In February, 2020 Schmidt was terminated after an allegation of misappropriation. After that, he was barred from associating with any FINRA member.

Silver Law Group represents investors in cases of stockbroker misconduct, including misappropriation. If you have investment losses, contact Scott Silver for a consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or (800) 975-4345. 

Before joining Lincoln Financial (CRD# 3978) in 2012, Schmidt was registered with Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. (CRD# 4031), 1717 Capital Management Company (CRD# 4082), AXA Advisors, LLC (CRD# 6627), and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (CRD# 1039). Continue reading ›

Stockbrokers should not borrow money from their clients. That’s according to FINRA Rule 3240, which states that unless the stockbroker is an immediate family member or their firm has specific written procedures about borrowing and lending, then borrowing from a customer constitutes a violation. Silver Law Group helps investors recover money lost to stockbroker misconduct and elder financial fraud. Contact us today for a no-cost, confidential consultation at 1-800-975-4345.   Although prohibited, stockbrokers do still borrow and misappropriate from their customers. Sometimes it is from an older client who does not understand what is happening or cannot consent, which can be considered elder financial fraud.Stockbrokers should not borrow money from their clients. That’s according to FINRA Rule 3240, which states that unless the stockbroker is an immediate family member or their firm has specific written procedures about borrowing and lending, then borrowing from a customer constitutes a violation.

Silver Law Group helps investors recover money lost to stockbroker misconduct and elder financial fraud. Contact us today for a no-cost, confidential consultation at 1-800-975-4345.  

Although prohibited, stockbrokers do still borrow and misappropriate from their customers. Sometimes it is from an older client who does not understand what is happening or cannot consent, which can be considered elder financial fraud. Continue reading ›

In the wake of recent market turbulence, it is important to remember that some investment losses are not “investment” losses at all, but rather losses that are the result of stockbroker theft, fraud, Ponzi schemes, and otherwise.  Silver Law Group continues to investigate cases of stockbroker theft nationwide. Unfortunately, FINRA continues to report multiple cases of brokers improperly taking money from clients, taking improper loans or deceptively selling investments directly controlled by a stockbroker or financial advisor.In the wake of recent market turbulence, it is important to remember that some investment losses are not “investment” losses at all, but rather losses that are the result of stockbroker theft, fraud, Ponzi schemes, and otherwise.

Silver Law Group continues to investigate cases of stockbroker theft nationwide. Unfortunately, FINRA continues to report multiple cases of brokers improperly taking money from clients, taking improper loans or deceptively selling investments directly controlled by a stockbroker or financial advisor. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating Cetera Advisors, LLC and its registered representative David Rockwell. According to Rockwell’s CRD Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Rockwell was permanently barred from the securities industry and has been the subject of several customer disputes arising out of his misconduct over the past several years, involving allegations of fraud and misappropriation of customer’s funds. Rockwell (CRD# 4236377) has also been the subject of several criminal proceedings, involving charges of stalking, driving while intoxicated, obstruction, and even assault.Silver Law Group is investigating Cetera Advisors, LLC and its registered representative David Rockwell. According to Rockwell’s CRD Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Rockwell was permanently barred from the securities industry and has been the subject of several customer disputes arising out of his misconduct over the past several years, involving allegations of fraud and misappropriation of customer’s funds. Continue reading ›

Kristian M. Gaudet (CRD#: 4190811) is a former registered broker whose last employer was Ameritas Investment Corp. (CRD#:14869) of Cut Off, Louisiana. He was previously employed by The Advisors Group, Inc. (CRD#:14035) of Bethesda, MD and Princor Financial Services Corporation (CRD#:1137) of Des Moines, IA. No current employment information is available. He has been in the industry since 2000.FINRA initiated an investigation after it became suspicious that Gaudet was involved in fraudulent activity. On 12/10/2018, following an internal firm investigation, Ameritas discharged Gaudet after discovering that he was using client funds for personal use.Kristian M. Gaudet (CRD#: 4190811) is a former registered broker whose last employer was Ameritas Investment Corp. (CRD#:14869) of Cut Off, Louisiana. He was previously employed by The Advisors Group, Inc. (CRD#:14035) of Bethesda, MD and Princor Financial Services Corporation (CRD#:1137) of Des Moines, IA. No current employment information is available. He has been in the industry since 2000.

FINRA initiated an investigation after it became suspicious that Gaudet was involved in fraudulent activity. On 12/10/2018, following an internal firm investigation, Ameritas discharged Gaudet after discovering that he was using client funds for personal use. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Securities Division has charged former investment adviser, Bruce Colin Worthington, with allegedly withdrawing $100,000 from a client's bank account.Worthington has been charged with fraudulently misappropriating the investment funds of a retiree and using the money for personal use. He was affiliated with Founders Financial Securities for about five years, and before that, he was with Commonwealth Financial Network.The Massachusetts Securities Division has charged former investment adviser, Bruce Colin Worthington, with allegedly withdrawing $100,000 from a client’s bank account.

Worthington has been charged with fraudulently misappropriating the investment funds of a retiree and using the money for personal use. He was affiliated with Founders Financial Securities for about five years, and before that, he was with Commonwealth Financial Network. Continue reading ›

sec-300x198Back in June, we told you about John Greg Schmidt (CRD#: 708094) who was barred by FINRA after a series of allegations of misappropriation of funds. Since then the Securities and Exchange Commission has also investigated Schmidt, and has now filed a civil action.

Schmidt was discharged by his last employer, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (CRD#:11025), of Dayton, OH, after allegations of “unauthorized money movement between clients,” and inaccurate account statements that were not generated or approved by Wells Fargo. Continue reading ›

Have-You-Invested-Money-with-William-“Billy”-Nelson-and-Lost-300x200Silver Law Group is investigating claims against brokers and financial advisors who committed misconduct in Boca Raton, Florida and the surrounding area.

Boca Raton is located in Palm Beach County, Florida on the east coast of the state. The city is located less than 50 miles away from Miami and less than 20 miles away from Silver Law Group offices. As of July 2015, Boca Raton’s estimated population is just over 93,000.

Boca Raton is home to the main campus of Florida Atlantic University, also known as FAU. Additionally, major supplier of office products and services Office Depot has its global headquarters in Boca Raton.

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