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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.  FINRA expelled three of his previous employers:  John Thomas Financial (CRD#:40982) of New York, NY, on 10/31/2013 Prestige Financial Center, Inc. (CRD#:30407), also of New York, NY, on 5/23/2011 Clark Street Capital, Inc. (CRD#:38304) of Levittown, NY, on 2/24/2005  He has been in the industry since 1999.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.”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.  Wells Fargo discharged Vizanko on 1/26/2021 after he borrowed money from a client. Additionally, Vizanko received a cash gift from a different client, and was also named a beneficiary of the second client’s trust. Vizanko failed to notify the firm of these funds, then misappropriated those funds.  After FINRA requested information related to his termination, Vizanko failed to respond to two letters dated May 26, 2021 and June 21, 2021. FINRA issued a suspension from any association with a FINRA member, which Vizanko failed to address by requesting within three months of the date. As of August 30, 2021, Vizanko is indefinitely barred from any affiliation with a FINRA member. This ruling is final.  On August 12, 2021, a customer filed a dispute alleging that from September 23, 2015 through December 22, 2020, Vizanko cashed checks that were made out to him but intended for the client. No damage amount is listed, and no other information is available. This claim is pending.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.  The US District Court in the Central District of California granted the SEC’s restraining order on September 30, 2021, freezing assets and requiring a full accounting of all funds. The court also set another hearing on October 14th to extend the emergency relief with a preliminary injunction.   The complaint states that Harrison and Parfyonova live in Ladera Ranch, CA. Harrison was unregistered, and ran his company, Global Trading Institute (GTI) since 2016 and the now-defunct Trading Advisement Program, LLC (TAP.) Neither were ever registered with the SEC. Harrison charged 22 clients $900,000 based on alleged gains he’d made trading options in the client’s accounts.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.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.  LPL terminated Simmons employment and filed a Form U5 with FINRA on 9/17/2020 indicating his discharge from the firm. The stated reason for his discharge was the result of an internal review investigating Simmons involvement in a private securities transaction. He neither notified the firm nor sought permission.  During the course of FINRA’s investigation, staff sent Simmons a letter requesting he supply information and documentation related to the allegations in the Form U5. FINRA staff sent the letter on 02/24/2021. Simmons’ attorney responded by letter on 3/9/2021, acknowledging receipt of the FINRA request and indicating that he would not provide any information now or in the future. His denial violates FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010, and led to a letter of Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC). The letter includes a bar on any involvement with a FINRA member in any capacity. 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.  On February 10, 2021, a customer filed a dispute with requested damages of $125,000. The customer alleged that in January of 2021, Warren deposited a check from a deceased client’s trust without the approval of the trust’s beneficiaries. The customer was also a beneficiary of said trust. The firm denied the client’s claim.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.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:

NAME FORMER EMPLOYERS
  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.
  Morgan Stanley
   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.

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