Marc Reda (Marc Augustus Reda CRD:#2757330) is a registered broker currently employed with SPARTAN CAPITAL SECURITIES, LLC (CRD# 146251) of New York, NY. His previous employers include First Standard Financial Company LLC (CRD#:168340) of Staten Island, NY, PHX Financial, Inc. (CRD#:144403) and Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. (CRD#:119037) also of New York City. Continue reading ›
Daniel O’Neil and Douglas Szempruch, two brokers working for Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#:15007) in Melville, NY, have faced disciplinary action FINRA after both were separately involved in improper activities.
Daniel O’Neil (Daniel James O’Neil CRD#:1358245) is a former registered broker with Aegis, who discharged him on 7/29/2021 for failing to notify the firm about a “pending enforcement investigation” by FINRA. The investigation focused on “conduct inconsistent with firm standards.” Continue reading ›
Paul Vizanko (Paul Warren Vizanko CRD:#2572222) is a former broker and investment advisor last employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of Duluth, MN. He was previously employed with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691), also of Duluth, MN, Wells Fargo Investments, LLC (CRD#:10582) of Grand Rapids, MN, and Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc. (CRD#:694) He has been in the industry since 1995. Continue reading ›
The SEC announced that it has filed a temporary restraining order against Ron Harrison (Ron K. Harrison), a former registered broker and investment advisor (CRD#: 1785805) to freeze the assets of his company, Global Trading Institute, and his girlfriend since 2017, Irina Parfyonova. She is named as a relief defendant after receiving more than $279,000 from Harrison’s fraudulent activities, using the funds for their own living expenses. Continue reading ›
Adam Feierstein (Adam S Feierstein, CRD# 6033082) is a barred broker who was last registered with Proequities Inc and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. in Redondo Beach, California. He had been in the industry since 2011. Woodbury has been the subject of recent arbitration claims by investors who were sold GPB Capital Holdings investments. Continue reading ›
John Edgar Simmons, Jr. (CRD: #4878890) is a former registered broker and insurance advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Gulf Breeze, FL. He was previously employed with Investors Capital Corp. (CRD#:30613) of Pensacola, FL, LPL Financial in McMinnville, TN, and Edward Jones (CRD#:250), also of McMinnville. He has been in the industry since 2005. Continue reading ›
Jeffrey Warren (CRD:#2707969) is a former registered broker whose last known employer was Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (CRD#:249) of Boca Raton, FL. He was previously employed with Wachovia Securities, LLC (CRD#:19616), also of Boca Raton, UBS Financial Services Inc. (CRD#:8174) of Weehawken, NJ, and Prudential Securities Incorporated (CRD#:7471) of New York, NY. Warren has been in the industry since 1996. Continue reading ›
Edward Turley (Edward L Turley/Ed Turley/Edward Lawrence Turley, CRD# 1872294) is a previously-registered broker and investment adviser who last worked for JP Morgan Securities in San Francisco, California. Turley was previously registered with Lehman Brothers in New York City, CS First Boston Corporation, and Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. He had worked in the industry since 1988. Continue reading ›
According to FINRA Disciplinary actions for September 2021, 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:
|John Barrett||Emerson Equity LLC|
|Lincoln Financial Advisors Corproation|
|Amanda Berry||MML Investors Services, LLC|
|NYLife Securities LLC|
|Michael Bramlett||Country Capital Management Company|
|Christopher Fisher||PFS Investments Inc.|
|Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.|
|Berhane Kassahun||AXA Advisors, LLC|
|MSI Financial Services, Inc.|
|Christy McWilliams||Jackson National Life Distributors LLC|
|Kevin Nevin||Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC|
|Sandlapper Securities, LLC|
|Antoine Rogers||J.P. Morgan Securities LLC|
|Alfredo Vazquez||J.P. Morgan Securities LLC|
|David Villarreal III||U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.|
|Jonathan Ward||State Farm VP Management Corp.|
FINRA makes this information available, in part, to inform investors about potential red flags or problems with certain stockbrokers. If you invested with anyone in this report and have questions about your legal rights, our attorneys will talk with you at no cost to explain your legal rights and about how we can help recover your investment losses through securities arbitration or litigation.
FINRA Rule 8210 allows FINRA’s enforcement attorneys the authority to investigate matters under its regulatory purview. FINRA Rule 8210 requires a stockbroker or other registered person of the request to provide documents or information “with respect to any matter in [an] investigation, complaint, examination or proceeding.”
The subject matter of a FINRA investigation or inquiry can include almost anything relating to the brokerage industry or the financial advisor’s activities. FINRA regulatory rules allow for broad authority to investigate violations of FINRA’s rules and regulations including, Rule 2010 (a FINRA member “shall observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade”). Under Rule 2010 FINRA can seek any documents or other information that FINRA believes is relevant to its inquiry. In 2013, FINRA announced in a regulatory notice that the scope of Rule 8210 had been clarified, stating that “all aspects of the relationship between a broker-dealer and its associated persons are potentially the subject of a Rule 8210 request.”
Securities Arbitration Claims Against Barred Brokers
Even after a broker is barred from the industry or otherwise faces disciplinary action, investors can still pursue stockbroker misconduct claims against their financial advisor and/or their brokerage firms. Financial Advisors who have engaged in misconduct or otherwise violated FINRA rules or regulations frequently surrender their license rather than cooperate in a FINRA investigation. In the past, FINRA has barred brokers from the industry for participating in Ponzi schemes, elder financial fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other misconduct. While a bar from the securities industry can be a powerful piece of evidence for investors pursuing FINRA arbitration claims against their advisors and/or their brokerage firms, investors should work with experienced securities and investment fraud attorneys to help maximize their recovery.
FINRA arbitration is separate and distinct from FINRA’s regulatory obligations. In our experience, FINRA regulatory focuses on punishing the wrongdoers but rarely results in compensation for the victims. For investors who have been defrauded by a financial advisor or others, FINRA arbitration is frequently the best place to secure a recover for losses.
Silver Law Group represents investors in securities and investment fraud cases through FINRA arbitration or court. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in New York and Florida and represent investors nationwide in securities arbitration to help recover investment losses due to stockbroker misconduct. If you have any questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney. Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.