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Gabriel Block (CRD#: 2103543, aka Gabe Block) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was First Standard Financial Company LLC (CRD#:168340) of Red Bank, NJ. His previous employers include National Securities Corporation (CRD#:7569) and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (CRD#:249), both of Red Bank, as well as others in Purchase, NY, St. Louis, MO, Charlotte, NC, Boca Raton, FL, and New York, NY. Block began in the industry in 1990. In February, 2019 FINRA barred him from acting as a broker after he failed to respond to a request for information. His publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report lists 17 disclosures from 1999 to 2019. 12 of the disclosures are customer disputes, and 5 are regulatory events.Gabriel Block (CRD#: 2103543, aka Gabe Block) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was First Standard Financial Company LLC (CRD#:168340) of Red Bank, NJ. His previous employers include National Securities Corporation (CRD#:7569) and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (CRD#:249), both of Red Bank, as well as others in Purchase, NY, St. Louis, MO, Charlotte, NC, Boca Raton, FL, and New York, NY. Continue reading

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The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has filed a lawsuit against barred advisor Marcus Boggs, who formerly worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, for allegedly stealing over $1.7 million from his clients. According to the SEC’s civil complaint, Boggs is accused of transferring money from three of his client’s accounts to his personal credit card account more than 200 times to pay for huge credit card purchases.The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has filed a lawsuit against barred advisor Marcus Boggs, who formerly worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, for allegedly stealing over $1.7 million from his clients.

According to the SEC’s civil complaint, Boggs is accused of transferring money from three of his client’s accounts to his personal credit card account more than 200 times to pay for huge credit card purchases. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim to help a client recover more than $200,000 that was lent to his broker and never repaid.  Our client is a senior citizen living in Florida who was seeking to secure his nest egg for the future by investing for long-term growth with moderate risk. A close personal friend referred our client to his broker, who at the time was a financial advisor at a leading investment firm.Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim to help a client recover more than $200,000 that was lent to his broker and never repaid.

Our client is a senior citizen living in Florida who was seeking to secure his nest egg for the future by investing for long-term growth with moderate risk. A close personal friend referred our client to his broker, who at the time was a financial advisor at a leading investment firm. Continue reading

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GPB Capital investors are suffering catastrophic losses on their investments. GPB has reduced the valuations of their portfolio and investor complaints against selling brokers continue to pile up.GPB Capital investors are suffering catastrophic losses on their investments. GPB has reduced the valuations of their portfolio and investor complaints against selling brokers continue to pile up.

GPB Capital includes the following funds:

  • GPB Cold Storage
  • GPB Automotive Fund
  • GPB Automotive Income
  • GPB Holdings II and III
  • GPB Waste Management
  • GPB NY Development

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GPB Capital Holdings is being sued by one of its business partners, David Rosenberg, for allegations of financial misconduct. According to the lawsuit, Rosenberg is the chief executive of Prime Automotive Group. In 2017, he sold a majority stake in the company to GPB for $235 million. Rosenberg’s lawsuit accuses GPB of running like a Ponzi scheme by using investor’s money to pay other investors. He also alleges that GPB tried to force him out after he complained about their behavior to the SEC.GPB Capital Holdings is being sued by one of its business partners, David Rosenberg, for allegations of financial misconduct. According to the lawsuit, Rosenberg is the chief executive of Prime Automotive Group. In 2017, he sold a majority stake in the company to GPB for $235 million. Rosenberg’s lawsuit accuses GPB of running like a Ponzi scheme by using investor’s money to pay other investors. He also alleges that GPB tried to force him out after he complained about their behavior to the SEC. Continue reading

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Robert Charles High II (CRD: #4568165) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was First Financial Equity Corporation (CRD#:16507) of Scottsdale, AZ. His previous employers include Chase Investment Services Corp. (CRD#:25574) and Banc One Securities Corporation (CRD#:16999.) He has been in the industry since 2002.The FBI opened an investigation on 2/14/2019 into Robert High over allegations of potential forgery and misappropriation of funds. On 2/20/2019, First Financial Equity Corporation discharged High for “violations of firm policies.” Robert Charles High II (CRD: #4568165) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was First Financial Equity Corporation (CRD#:16507) of Scottsdale, AZ. His previous employers include Chase Investment Services Corp. (CRD#:25574) and Banc One Securities Corporation (CRD#:16999.) He has been in the industry since 2002.

The FBI opened an investigation on 2/14/2019 into Robert High over allegations of potential forgery and misappropriation of funds. On 2/20/2019, First Financial Equity Corporation discharged High for “violations of firm policies.” Continue reading

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James Bradley Schwartz (CRD# 3043085) is a former registered broker whose last employer was Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC (CRD#:24795) of New York, NY. Previous employers include First Standard Financial Company LLC (CRD#:168340) of Garden City, NY, and Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#:15007) of Melville, NY.  He has been in the industry since 1998.During his tenure with Aegis (2013 through 2016), Schwartz was the subject of six customer disputes, all of which were settled by the firm. The allegations against Schwartz were similar: unauthorized and excessive trading, unsuitable recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentation, and others. The damages requested for these six disputes totaled $6,861,954.47, and the damages awarded totaled $2,730,286.36.James Schwartz (CRD# 3043085) is a former registered broker whose last employer was Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC (CRD#:24795) of New York, NY. Previous employers include First Standard Financial Company LLC (CRD#:168340) of Garden City, NY, and Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#:15007) of Melville, NY.  He has been in the industry since 1998. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group continues to file claims for investors who purchased GPB Capital. FINRA arbitration claims are being filed in an effort to recover the money investors lost alleging broker dealers were negligent. In many cases, investors are arguing that the brokerage firms who sold GPB to them failed to do adequate due diligence and/or overconcentrated their accounts in GPB. Silver Law Group has filed arbitration claims on behalf of clients who invested in GPB, including the first against Advisor Group broker-dealer SagePoint Financial, which requests $400,000 in damages.Silver Law Group continues to file claims for investors who purchased GPB Capital. FINRA arbitration claims are being filed in an effort to recover the money investors lost alleging broker dealers were negligent.

In many cases, investors are arguing that the brokerage firms who sold GPB to them failed to do adequate due diligence and/or overconcentrated their accounts in GPB. Continue reading

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Barry Garapedian (CRD #1039251) is a currently-registered broker employed by Morgan Stanley (CRD #149777) of Westlake Village, CA. He has been with Morgan Stanley since 2009. He was previously employed by Citigroup Global Markets (CRD #7059), Lehman Brothers (CRD #7506), and E. F. Hutton & Company (CRD #235) He has been in the industry since 1982. Garapedian’s FINRA BrokerCheck report lists 14 disclosures starting in 1992, all customer disputes. He was the subject of three FINRA customer disputes in 2018, all with similar allegations of “unsuitability”. The first, in March 2018 was denied. The second was also filed in March 2018 and involves the period 2013 to 2015, and is listed as “pending.” The third claim, filed on 4/01/18, alleged excessive fees and overconcentration and was settled for $110,000. Garapedian’s statement denies the allegations, and maintains that everything was discussed with the customer prior to any transactions, and the investments recommended were suitable for the client.Barry Garapedian (CRD #1039251) is a currently-registered broker employed by Morgan Stanley (CRD #149777) of Westlake Village, CA. He has been with Morgan Stanley since 2009. He was previously employed by Citigroup Global Markets (CRD #7059), Lehman Brothers (CRD #7506), and E. F. Hutton & Company (CRD #235) He has been in the industry since 1982. Continue reading

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For years, financial advisers have walked a fine line when receiving financial inheritances from their clients. Unfortunately, the line between an adviser’s professional obligations and their personal interests is very easily blurred­­—a reality that leads to complicated fraud and ethics violations.In this blog post, we’ll look into the legal issues associated with financial inheritances from clients by financial advisers, potential solutions to the problem, and how a group of bipartisan lawmakers are taking action and calling to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for reform.For years, financial advisers have walked a fine line when receiving financial inheritances from their clients. Unfortunately, the line between an adviser’s professional obligations and their personal interests is very easily blurred­­—a reality that leads to complicated fraud and ethics violations.

In this blog post, we’ll look into the legal issues associated with financial inheritances from clients by financial advisers, potential solutions to the problem, and how a group of bipartisan lawmakers are taking action and calling to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for reform. Continue reading

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