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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for April 2024, the following individuals were barred from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Vinessa Christian UBS Financial Services Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher Inc.
Cody Coffey Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Denzel Coleman J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
John Kersey Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC
Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were barred from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Gabriela Alfaro Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Michael Capolongo Network 1 Financial Securities Inc.
Worden Capital Management LLC
Stalin Cruz SW Financial
Windsor Street Capital, L.P.
Michael Fasciglione Aegis Capital Corp.
National Securities Corporation
Isaiah Frection NYLife Securities LLC
Richard Goldston Edward Jones
Johnathan Hagood Wells Fargo Clearings Services, LLC
Adriano Schultz J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
Brittny Stagnitto

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules. However, these individuals remain bound by the securities arbitration agreement to arbitrate any disputes between themselves and their former customers:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Kwame Adusei Morgan Stanley
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Brittany Anderson
Gianluca De Berardinis Morgan Stanley
Quad Capital, LLC
Brian Hall
Monu Joseph Rosenblatt Securities Inc.
CIBC World Markets Corp.
Sylviah Kemunto
Sebastian Puznowski Equitable Advisors, LLC
AXA Advisors LLC
Carlos Ramirez Citizens Securities, Inc.
Key Investment Services LLC
Shaquane Smith-Thompson J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Quintosha Thomas

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for March 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA for failing to comply with a FINRA arbitration award or settlement agreement pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
Timothy Breslin B. Riley Wealth Management
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Robin Johnson aka Robin Runco CFD Investments, Inc.
J.W. Cole Financial, Inc.
Jason Kurtz U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
Edward Jones
Leslie Markus Jr. Lincoln Investment
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
David Morris Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Duncan Sandlin Waddell & Reed
AXA Advisors, LLC

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John Kersey (John Jay Kersey CRD# 1480524) is a former broker and investment advisor last employed with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (CRD# 2881) of Cincinnati, OH. His previous employers include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (CRD# 2881) of Milwaukee, WI, Walnut Street Securities, Inc. (CRD# 15840) of El Segundo, CA, and WMA Securities, Inc. (CRD# 32625) of Duluth, GA.  He has been in the industry since 1986.
Northwestern allowed Kersey to resign following allegations that he accepted money from a customer intended for investment. Instead, Kersey deposited the money into a non-firm account, and fabricated account statements that overstated the value of the customer’s account with Northwestern.  He was under an internal review at the time.
Of his eight disclosures, five are by Kersey’s Northwestern clients filed after his discharge from the firm.John Kersey (John Jay Kersey CRD# 1480524) is a former broker and investment advisor last employed with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (CRD# 2881) of Cincinnati, OH. His previous employers include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (CRD# 2881) of Milwaukee, WI, Walnut Street Securities, Inc. (CRD# 15840) of El Segundo, CA, and WMA Securities, Inc. (CRD# 32625) of Duluth, GA.  He has been in the industry since 1986. Continue reading ›

Garrett Moretz (Garret Wayne Moretz CRD# 4086791) is a broker and investment advisor currently registered with Lifemark Securities Corp. (CRD# 16204) of Mooresville, NC. His previous employers include First Heartland Consultants, Inc. (CRD# 110377) and First Heartland Capital, Inc. (CRD#:32460), also of Mooresville, and Allegiant Asset Management, L.L.C. (CRD# 141047) of Miami, FL. He has been in the industry since 2000.
The US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is currently investigating Moretz following allegations of “certain provisions of federal securities laws,” including Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5. This section involves the misleading omissions and misrepresentation during the sale of securities. Garrett Moretz is cooperating with the investigation but denies the allegations of any wrongdoing. The investigation was filed on 5/1/2023 and is ongoing.Garrett Moretz (Garret Wayne Moretz CRD# 4086791) is a broker and investment advisor currently registered with Lifemark Securities Corp. (CRD# 16204) of Mooresville, NC. His previous employers include First Heartland Consultants, Inc. (CRD# 110377) and First Heartland Capital, Inc. (CRD#:32460), also of Mooresville, and Allegiant Asset Management, L.L.C. (CRD# 141047) of Miami, FL. He has been in the industry since 2000. Continue reading ›

According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for January 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA for failing to comply with a FINRA arbitration award or settlement agreement pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
  Scott Reed   First Financial Equity Corporation
  Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for January 2024, the following individuals were barred from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
  Jack McBride   Newbridge Securities Corporation
  B. Riley Wealth Management
  Richard Webb   Park Avenue Securities LLC
  William Williford   Morgan Stanley

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According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for January 2024, the following individuals were suspended from FINRA and cannot currently work for a FINRA brokerage firm for failing to provide FINRA with information it requested or to keep information current with FINRA pursuant to FINRA rules. However, these individuals remain bound by the securities arbitration agreement to arbitrate any disputes between themselves and their former customers:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
  Gabriela Alfaro   Charles Schwab &Co., Inc.
  Vinessa Christian   UBS Financial Services Inc.
  RBC Dain Raucher Inc.
  Denzel Coleman   J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC
  Stalin Cruz   SW Financial
  Windsor Street Capital, L.P.
  Richard Goldston   Edwared Jones

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Stewart Ginn (CRD# 4503197, aka “Stewart Taylor,” “Paxton Ginn Jr”) is a registered broker currently employed with Independent Financial Group, LLC (CRD# 7717) of Santa Maria, CA. His previous employers include Navian Capital Securities LLC (CRD#:145037) of Cincinnati, OH, Newbridge Securities Corporation (CRD# 104065) of New York, NY, and Chicago Investment Group, LLC (CRD# 11853, expelled by FINRA on 09/14/2010) of Chicago, IL. He has been in the industry since 2002.
During his employment and registration with Independent Financial Group (IFG), FINRA alleges that Ginn churned and over-traded five accounts he acquired in 2019 following the sudden death of a fellow IFG broker. After buying the broker’s book of business, he became the registered representative of record for those customers, including the five involved in the disciplinary action.Stewart Ginn (CRD# 4503197, aka “Stewart Taylor,” “Paxton Ginn Jr”) is a registered broker currently employed with Independent Financial Group, LLC (CRD# 7717) of Santa Maria, CA. His previous employers include Navian Capital Securities LLC (CRD#:145037) of Cincinnati, OH, Newbridge Securities Corporation (CRD# 104065) of New York, NY, and Chicago Investment Group, LLC (CRD# 11853, expelled by FINRA on 09/14/2010) of Chicago, IL. He has been in the industry since 2002. Continue reading ›

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