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. Continue reading
Back in August, we told you about Bradley Joseph Tennison (CRD#: 156988), who was barred by FINRA after his discharge from Genos Wealth Management of Mesa, AZ. Tennison was discharged for “selling away,” the practice of offering and selling securities that are not offered by the broker’s firm of employment. The firm was unable to locate any records of these investments, and Tennison was not completely cooperative.
A new customer dispute was filed on 10/19/2018, alleging that Tennison recommended to the client that he sell his investments in order to invest in a private placement trust that Tennison managed. Tennison also did not disclose to the customer that he was strictly prohibited from recommending these kinds of investments without review and the express approval from Genos. This allegation led to his discharge from Genos in April of 2018. This customer requests damages of $1,200,000. The case is currently pending. Continue reading
Silver 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.
Silver Law Group is investigating claims against brokers and financial advisors who committed securities misconduct in Orlando, Florida and the surrounding area.
Orlando is located in Orange County, Florida and has a population of just under 2.5 million as of July 2015, the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida.
Orlando is also known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” featuring numerous high-profile theme parks such as Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Epcot, Universal Studios, and Seaworld. In fact, the theme parks attracted over 66 million visitors to Orland in 2015 alone.
Silver Law Group is investigating claims against brokers and financial advisors who committed securities misconduct in Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area.
Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida on the Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico. As of July 2015, Tampa’s population is estimated to be 369,075. Tampa is part of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area, which consists of St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Tampa features numerous attractions such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the theme park Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and crystal blue gulf beaches.
Silver Law Group is investigating claims against brokers and financial advisors who committed securities misconduct in The Villages, Florida and the surrounding area.
The Villages is located in Sumter County, Florida. According to FOX Business, The Villages is the fastest-growing city in America. The city, one of the fastest-growing retirement communities, also shares the same name as The Villages retirement community. It’s a Manhattan-sized city “with more golf carts than New York has taxis,” according to a Bloomberg report.
While the elder population and retirement communities have grown relatively crime-free, the senior population is not impervious to other financial threats. For aging seniors and retirees, elder financial fraud remains a potential problem.
In September, we told you about Morgan Stanley brokers James Polese and 29-year-old Cornelius Peterson, who were found guilty of financial charges ranging from conspiracy to aggravated identity theft. They have both been sentenced in the case.
James Polese has been sentenced to 60 months (five years) in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of investment adviser fraud and eight counts of bank fraud as well as a charge of aggravated identity theft. The government originally requested 75 months, and the federal guidelines indicate a minimum sentence of 87 months. Polese’s attorney argued for a shorter sentence of 40 months.
Polese was ordered to pay $462,000 in restitution plus a $30,000 fine. After his release from prison, he will be supervised for three years. He will be restricted from working in financial services, and prohibited from drinking alcohol beyond a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.10. The judge recognized Polese’s work towards rehabilitation, which included speaking with two ministers who offered letters of support.
Mitchell Alan Kurtz (CRD #2437746) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Henley & Company LLC (CRD #131453) of Roslyn Heights, NY. His previous employers are Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (CRD #6694), also of Roslyn Heights, and Advest, Inc. (CRD #10) of Hartford, CT. He has been in the industry since 1994.
FINRA recently barred Kurtz “indefinitely,” effective 12/3/2018, after he declined to provide information requested in conjunction with an investigation. He is barred from any association with a FINRA member firm, and signed an Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC) letter agreeing to the sanctions.
The investigation came after Kurtz was discharged from his last employer, Henley & Company on 7/30/2018. Kurtz violated both FINRA and SEC policies with regards to “outside business activities, selling away, fiduciary duty obligations, violation of professional standards and the Firm’s Code of Ethics.” This discharge led to the FINRA investigation, in which he declined to participate.
Robin Michelle Wahby (CRD #2107629, aka, Robin Michelle Griswold) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with NYLIFE Securities LLC (CRD #5167) of Jacksonville Beach, FL. She has been with NYLIFE since beginning in the industry in 1990.
Wahby has one disclosure in her record, filed on 6/12/018. A client who invested in Future Income Payments, LLC (“FIP”) on Wahby’s recommendation, filed this customer dispute. This investment was supposed to provide the client with a guaranteed fixed amount and protect the client’s investments. However, the client alleges, she has received no income and her funds were no longer available. The client requested damages of $39,460.00 and the case was settled for $40,000.
Future Income Payments and other high yield investments which claim not to be correlated to stock market returns have been the subject of many arbitration claims. Investors generally do not appreciate the reasons why an investment may not appear on a monthly statement and some stockbrokers may be “selling away” from their firm.