Silver Law Group recently filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Madison Avenue Securities, LLC and registered representatives Angela Sloan, Robert Luley, Jr., and Katherine Spearman (a/k/a Katherine McConnell). The investor’s claims arise out of recommendations to invest in GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP, a private placement managed by GPB Capital Holdings, LLC. Among other things, the investor alleges that Madison Avenue Securities and its registered representatives failed to conduct adequate due diligence on the GPB investment and that the recommendation to invest in GPB was unsuitable, negligent, and constituted a breach of fiduciary duty. Continue reading ›
A compliance executive at broker-dealer Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (CRD# 35747) says she has been the subject of intimidation, including having her car tampered with and being followed, for speaking up about concerns she had regarding GPB Capital Holdings.
Toni Caiazzo Neff says that when Purshe Kaplan Sterling asked her to research GPB’s private placement investments in 2016, she told her employer to not become involved with the company. Continue reading ›
Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized stockbroker misconduct law firm, is investigating AllianceBernstein Securitized Asset LP (ABSA or Fund) on behalf of shareholders in the Fund, due to ABSA’s recent news to its shareholders.
ABSA is a pooled investment hedge fund, sold by Alliance Bernstein, whose “. . . portfolio is concentrated in mortgage-related securities, it also invests in asset-backed securities, consumer whole loans, and collateralized loan obligations, providing exposure to underlying collateral across residential and commercial mortgages, consumer and auto loans, as well as corporate loans.” Continue reading ›
Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, is investigating AllianceBernstein Energy Opportunity Fund, L.P. and AllianceBernstein Energy Opportunity Fund, L.P II (collectively “AB Energy Funds”) on behalf of shareholders in the company.
The AB Energy Funds are pooled investment private equity funds, focused in the oil and gas industry, sold by AllianceBernstein. According to Alliance Bernstein, the AB Energy Funds’ “. . . investment objective and strategies are to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns, through current income and capital gains, by capitalizing on private and public debt and equity investment opportunities in North American oil and gas producers.” Continue reading ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›