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Christopher Tolmacs (CRD#: 4648724), a barred broker formerly with Triad Advisors, Inc. (CRD#: 25803) in Portage, MI, is the subject of 18 disclosures on his publicly available FINRA BrokerCheck report. Christopher Tolmacs has been in the industry since 2003. Before joining Triad Advisors in 2008, he previously worked for ING Financial Partners, Inc. (CRD#: 2882) and Vanguard Capital (CRD#: 22081).Christopher Tolmacs (CRD#: 4648724), a barred broker formerly with Triad Advisors, Inc. (CRD#: 25803) in Portage, MI, is the subject of 18 disclosures on his publicly available FINRA BrokerCheck report.

Christopher Tolmacs has been in the industry since 2003. Before joining Triad Advisors in 2008, he previously worked for ING Financial Partners, Inc. (CRD#: 2882) and Vanguard Capital (CRD#: 22081). Continue reading

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Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Kalos Capital, Inc. (CRD# 44337) regarding broker Eric Weschke (CRD# 3486324) and losses our client suffered by investing in GPB Capital Holdings.   Eric Weschke has been in the industry since 1994, and works out of Setauket, New York. Before joining Kalos in 2011, Weschke was registered with Harrison Douglas, Inc. (CRD# 16515), Alternative Wealth Strategies (CRD#130933), Equity Services, Inc. (CRD# 265), Self Trading Securities, Inc. (CRD# 38439), and Tasin & Company, Inc. (CRD# 30709).Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Kalos Capital, Inc. (CRD# 44337) regarding broker Eric Weschke (CRD# 3486324) and losses our client suffered by investing in GPB Capital Holdings.

Eric Weschke has been in the industry since 1994, and works out of Setauket, New York. Before joining Kalos in 2011, Weschke was registered with Harrison Douglas, Inc. (CRD# 16515), Alternative Wealth Strategies (CRD#130933), Equity Services, Inc. (CRD# 265), Self Trading Securities, Inc. (CRD# 38439), and Tasin & Company, Inc. (CRD# 30709). Continue reading

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Over the past few years, GPB Capital missed key Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filing deadlines, announced that some of its financial statements can no longer be relied upon, was raided by the FBI and New York City Business Integrity Commission, had one of its insiders criminally indicted, and is the subject of several civil lawsuits arising from its business practices, including a class action. The only thing missing are formal SEC charges against GPB.Over the past few years, GPB Capital missed key Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filing deadlines, announced that some of its financial statements can no longer be relied upon, was raided by the FBI and New York City Business Integrity Commission, had one of its insiders criminally indicted, and is the subject of several civil lawsuits arising from its business practices, including a class action. The only thing missing are formal SEC charges against GPB.

Based on the foregoing, it should not be long before the SEC takes action, especially given the gravity of the allegations already looming against GPB in other lawsuits. Continue reading

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A class-action complaint was filed in a Texas federal court on October 25, 2019 against GPB Capital and its principals and affiliates as well as nearly 80 broker-dealers. The basis of the lawsuit is “improper conduct in selling securities . . . at the direction of GPB Capital.” Specifically, the suit alleges that the defendants knowingly made misstatements and omissions in communications with potential investors that they were engaged in a massive Ponzi scheme.A class-action complaint was filed in a Texas federal court on October 25, 2019 against GPB Capital and its principals and affiliates as well as nearly 80 broker-dealers. The basis of the lawsuit is “improper conduct in selling securities . . . at the direction of GPB Capital.” Specifically, the suit alleges that the defendants knowingly made misstatements and omissions in communications with potential investors that they were engaged in a massive Ponzi scheme.

For the most part, the complaint lays out in great detail what we already know: GPB engaged in an asset management strategy that was fraudulent and “destined to fail” and GPB’s scheme was carried out by broker-dealers who blindly recommended the investment in exchange for high commission payments. Per previous articles, the selling broker-dealers ignored the best interests of their clients and pocketed millions of dollars in the process. Continue reading

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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.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

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GPB Capital Holdings, the troubled alternative asset management firm that’s being investigated by the FBI, SEC, and others, and is accused of operating like a Ponzi scheme, allegedly has significant ties to the Church of Scientology. Scientology is a system of religious beliefs and practices created by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. The religion has had many controversies over the years, including “Operation Snow White” in the 1970s, in which up to 5,000 agents infiltrated US government agencies to remove unfavorable evidence about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard.GPB Capital Holdings, the troubled alternative asset management firm that’s being investigated by the FBI, SEC, and others, and is accused of operating like a Ponzi scheme, allegedly has significant ties to the Church of Scientology.

Scientology is a system of religious beliefs and practices created by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. The religion has had many controversies over the years, including “Operation Snow White” in the 1970s, in which up to 5,000 agents infiltrated US government agencies to remove unfavorable evidence about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group continues to file GPB securities arbitration claims. GPB Capital Holding’s Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) examiner Michael S. Cohn, was indicted on October 23, 2019, on charges of obstruction of justice, unauthorized computer access, and unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.Silver Law Group continues to file GPB securities arbitration claims.

GPB Capital Holding’s Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) examiner Michael S. Cohn, was indicted on October 23, 2019, on charges of obstruction of justice, unauthorized computer access, and unauthorized disclosure of confidential information. Continue reading

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Two investors in GPB Capital Holdings have filed a class action lawsuit against the troubled company. The complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges that GPB breached its fiduciary by failing to give investors its annual audited financial statements. This lawsuit is just the latest problem for GPB, which was recently sued by one of its partners, who accused the company of operating like a Ponzi scheme. The company is also the subject of investigations by the FBI, SEC, FINRA, and New York’s Business Integrity Commission.Two investors in GPB Capital Holdings have filed a class action lawsuit against the troubled company.

The complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges that GPB breached its fiduciary by failing to give investors its annual audited financial statements.

This lawsuit is just the latest problem for GPB, which was recently sued by one of its partners, who accused the company of operating like a Ponzi scheme. The company is also the subject of investigations by the FBI, SEC, FINRA, and New York’s Business Integrity Commission. Continue reading

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GPB Capital investors are suffering catastrophic losses on their investments. GPB has reduced the valuations of their portfolio and investor complaints against selling brokers continue to pile up.GPB Capital investors are suffering catastrophic losses on their investments. GPB has reduced the valuations of their portfolio and investor complaints against selling brokers continue to pile up.

GPB Capital includes the following funds:

  • GPB Cold Storage
  • GPB Automotive Fund
  • GPB Automotive Income
  • GPB Holdings II and III
  • GPB Waste Management
  • GPB NY Development

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The future is uncertain for GPB Capital Holdings and its investors. As state and federal agencies investigate the troubled alternative asset management company, investors wait, unable to sell, wondering if the money they invested will evaporate. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Clients were told by their brokers that GPB had solid assets and that investing in the company was low-risk. Sure a private placement in GPB was illiquid, but it would provide a healthy income stream for years to come, and one day the company could go public and make them a healthy profit, they said. Many investors did not appreciate that one of the primary guarantees for the selling brokerage firms was the substantial commission that GPB offered to pay the financial advisors who sold GPB Capital Notes. The future is uncertain for GPB Capital Holdings and its investors. As state and federal agencies investigate the troubled alternative asset management company, investors wait, unable to sell, wondering if the money they invested will evaporate.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Clients were told by their brokers that GPB had solid assets and that investing in the company was low-risk. Sure a private placement in GPB was illiquid, but it would provide a healthy income stream for years to come, and one day the company could go public and make them a healthy profit, they said.

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