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Jesse Kovacs (Jesse Todd Kovacs CRD# 5047161) is a currently suspended broker who last worked for PTS Brokerage, LLC in their Forked River, New Jersey branch office. Kovacs was suspended for participating in a private securities transaction (selling away) without giving advance written notice to his firm. Jesse Kovacs Disclosures Jesse Kovacs has been in the securities industry since 2006. Before joining PTS Brokerage in 2019, Kovacs worked for The O.N. Equity Sales Company, Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc., and other broker-dealers. Kovacs has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report:Jesse Kovacs (Jesse Todd Kovacs CRD# 5047161) is a currently suspended broker who last worked for PTS Brokerage, LLC in their Forked River, New Jersey branch office. Kovacs was suspended for participating in a private securities transaction (selling away) without giving advance written notice to his firm. Continue reading ›

Arthur Stewart Hoffman (a/k/a Art S. Hoffman) (CRD# 3193754) has been barred from the securities industry following his failure to provide documents and information in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into his suspension from employment for violation of company policies.  Hoffman began his securities career in 1999 and has been based in Glendale, Arizona for the past decade. Most recently, Hoffman was registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC from 2016-2020 and prior to that, Hoffman worked for Wedbush Securities Inc. According to Hoffman’s CRD Report, published by FINRA, he was discharged from Ameriprise Financial Services LLC for “company policy violations related to outside business activities and private securities transactions.”Arthur Stewart Hoffman (a/k/a Art S. Hoffman) (CRD# 3193754) has been barred from the securities industry following his failure to provide documents and information in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into his suspension from employment for violation of company policies. Continue reading ›

Gerald Dewes is a barred broker last registered with Cadaret, Grant & Co. in East Amherst, NY. Dewes’ record shows that in March, 2020 he was indefinitely barred from associating with a FINRA member firm in all capacities for failing to cooperate with an investigation related to a selling away allegation. Before Joining Cadaret, Grant (CRD# 10641) in 2014, Dewes was registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation (CRD# 3870), Northeast Securities, Inc. (CRD# 25996), Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (CRD# 39543), Signator Investors, Inc. (CRD# 468), John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company (CRD# ), Securities America, Inc. (CRD# 10205), and Thomas James Associates, Inc. (CRD# 15609). He had been in the industry since 1994.Gerald Dewes is a barred broker last registered with Cadaret, Grant & Co. in East Amherst, NY. Dewes’ record shows that in March, 2020 he was indefinitely barred from associating with a FINRA member firm in all capacities for failing to cooperate with an investigation related to a selling away allegation. Continue reading ›

Imran Razvi is a former broker who was last registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation in Frederick, Maryland. Razvi was suspended by FINRA in 2020 after he consented to an entry of findings that he engaged in outside business activity that his member firm did not approve of. Before starting at Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation (CRD# 3870) in 2017, Razvi was registered with The O.N. Equity Sales Company (CRD# 2936), Park Avenue Securities LLC (CRD# 46173), NY Life Securities LLC (CRD# 5167), and Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD# 611). He had been in the industry since 1998. Razvi owned and did business as Higher Ground Financial Group in Maryland.Imran Razvi is a former broker who was last registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation in Frederick, Maryland. Razvi was suspended by FINRA in 2020 after he consented to an entry of findings that he engaged in outside business activity that his member firm did not approve of.

Before starting at Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation (CRD# 3870) in 2017, Razvi was registered with The O.N. Equity Sales Company (CRD# 2936), Park Avenue Securities LLC (CRD# 46173), NY Life Securities LLC (CRD# 5167), and Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD# 611). He had been in the industry since 1998. Razvi owned and did business as Higher Ground Financial Group in Maryland. Continue reading ›

Masood Azad (Masood Husain Azad, CRD# 4798445) is a barred broker last registered with First Allied Securities, Inc. (CRD# 32444) in League City, Texas. He was previously registered with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. (CRD# 2882). He had been in the industry since 2004.  Masood Azad Disclosures  Masood Azad has 5 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 3 customer disputes, 1 regulatory disclosure, and 1 employment separation after allegations:Masood Azad (Masood Husain Azad, CRD# 4798445) is a barred broker last registered with First Allied Securities, Inc. (CRD# 32444) in League City, Texas. He was previously registered with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. (CRD# 2882). He had been in the industry since 2004.

Masood Azad Disclosures

Masood Azad has 5 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 3 customer disputes, 1 regulatory disclosure, and 1 employment separation after allegations: Continue reading ›

James Daughtry (James Blake Daughtry, CRD# 3272282) is a currently-barred broker who last worked for Kestra Investment Services, LLC in Dothan, Alabama.  Before joining Kestra in 2015, Daughtry worked for Ameriprise Financial Services, Securities America, Sterne Agee Financial Services, Wachovia Securities, Southtrust Securities, and Liberty Securities Corporation. He had been in the industry from 1999-2020.James Daughtry (James Blake Daughtry, CRD# 3272282) is a currently-barred broker who last worked for Kestra Investment Services, LLC in Dothan, Alabama.

Before joining Kestra in 2015, Daughtry worked for Ameriprise Financial Services, Securities America, Sterne Agee Financial Services, Wachovia Securities, Southtrust Securities, and Liberty Securities Corporation. He had been in the industry from 1999-2020. Continue reading ›

John Krohn (John Michael Krohn CRD#2722975) is a formerly registered broker who worked for Principal Securities, Inc. (CRD# 1137) at their West Des Moines, Iowa branch office. He had been in the securities industry since 1996.  According to his CRD report, Mr.Krohn was a board member of Domiknow and Spotlight Innovation, Inc since 2015.  Krohn was also the managing member of Cash Flow Structure Group in Des Moines, Iowa.  John Krohn Selling Away Claims    John Krohn has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 5 customer disputes and 1 regulatory disclosure:  April, 2020: A dispute alleged that “the firm failed to supervise John Krohn's private securities transactions and dealings with claimants, is liable for Mr. Krohn's misconduct and claimant's losses.” $10,000,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing.John Krohn (John Michael Krohn CRD#2722975) is a formerly registered broker who worked for Principal Securities, Inc. (CRD# 1137) at their West Des Moines, Iowa branch office. He had been in the securities industry since 1996. According to his CRD report, Mr.Krohn was a board member of Domiknow and Spotlight Innovation, Inc since 2015.  Krohn was also the managing member of Cash Flow Structure Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

John Krohn Selling Away Claims  

John Krohn has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 5 customer disputes and 1 regulatory disclosure:

April, 2020: A dispute alleged that the firm failed to supervise John Krohn’s private securities transactions and dealings with claimants, is liable for Mr. Krohn’s misconduct and claimant’s losses.” $10,000,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing. Continue reading ›

Nicolas Barrios (CRD#: 2122824) is a currently-barred broker who formerly worked for UBS Financial Services (CRD#: 8174) in Winter Haven, Florida, Wachovia Securities (CRD#: 19616), First Union Brokerage Services (CRD#: 8112), and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (CRD#: 7691).Nicolas Barrios (CRD#: 2122824) is a currently-barred broker who formerly worked for UBS Financial Services (CRD#: 8174) in Winter Haven, Florida, Wachovia Securities (CRD#: 19616), First Union Brokerage Services (CRD#: 8112), and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (CRD#: 7691).

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James Anderson (CRD# 4803514) is a now-barred broker formerly with Ameritas Investment Corp. (CRD# 14869. Anderson was a registered representative of Ameritas from 2004 to February, 2019, and has worked at their branch offices in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Anderson also did business as Central Financial Group. FINRA barred James Anderson from working in the securities industry after he failed to provide FINRA with documents and information during an investigation into allegations that he “engaged in the purchase and sale of securities away from his member firm, without the knowledge or approval of the firm.”James Anderson (CRD# 4803514) is a now-barred broker formerly with Ameritas Investment Corp. (CRD# 14869. Anderson was a registered representative of Ameritas from 2004 to February, 2019, and has worked at their branch offices in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Anderson also did business as Central Financial Group. Continue reading ›

Christopher Charles Hellman (CRD#: 6584084) is a formerly registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of Boca Raton, FL. His previous employer was FMSBONDS, INC. (CRD#:7793), of North Miami Beach, FL. No current employment information is available. He has been in the industry since 2016.Merrill Lynch discharged Hellman on 9/20/2018 after he was found to be selling away (selling products not sold or endorsed by the firm) and failing to disclose outside business activities he was involved in while employed.Christopher Charles Hellman (CRD#: 6584084) is a formerly registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of Boca Raton, FL. His previous employer was FMSBONDS, INC. (CRD#:7793), of North Miami Beach, FL. No current employment information is available. He has been in the industry since 2016.

Merrill Lynch discharged Hellman on 9/20/2018 after he was found to be selling away (selling products not sold or endorsed by the firm) and failing to disclose outside business activities he was involved in while employed. Continue reading ›

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