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Scott Reed (Scott Wayne Reed CRD# 3007033) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was First Financial Equity Corporation (CRD#: 16507). Prior to that, Reed spent four years at Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#: 19616) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Reed has been in the securities industry since 1999.  FINRA And Arizona Corporation Commission Investigate Scott Reed  After learning of allegations concerning Reed following his termination from Wells Fargo, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) began an investigation into Reed’s conduct.  Among other things, FINRA made the following findings of fact:  Reed solicited individuals to invest in securities issued by a software and web development company based in Pasadena, California; Reed received selling compensation of $191,340 from the company for his role in soliciting and facilitating the investments; and Reed failed to provide Wells Fargo with prior notice or obtain the firm’s advance approval for his participation in these private securities transactions.Scott Reed (Scott Wayne Reed CRD# 3007033) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was First Financial Equity Corporation (CRD#: 16507). Prior to that, Reed spent four years at Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#: 19616) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Reed has been in the securities industry since 1999. Continue reading ›

Megurditch “Mike” Patatian (CRD# 4047060) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was Supreme Alliance LLC (CRD#: 45348). Before that, Patatian spent seven years registered with Western International Securities, Inc. (CRD#: 39262) of Westlake Village, California. Patatian has been working in the industry since 1999.  FINRA Department Of Enforcement Filed Disciplinary Proceeding Related To Patatian’s Securities Sales Practices  FINRA’s Department of Enforcement filed a Complaint against Patatian on February 26, 2021. In the Complaint, FINRA alleged that from 2013 through 2017, Patatian recommended non-traded real estate investment trusts, or REITs, to dozens of customers. The investments purchased totaled $7.8 million, earning Patation more than $450,000 in commissions. The Complaint also details unsuitable and improper recommendations to surrender and/or switch annuities.Megurditch “Mike” Patatian (CRD# 4047060) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose most recent employer was Supreme Alliance LLC (CRD#: 45348). Before that, Patatian spent seven years registered with Western International Securities, Inc. (CRD#: 39262) of Westlake Village, California. Patatian has been working in the industry since 1999. Continue reading ›

Do you have a family member who is also your stockbroker, investment advisor, or other financial services representative?  Many broker-dealer firms encourage newly-minted employees to recruit wealthy relatives to invest with them to begin their business and grow their client list. You may have taken the bait and moved your investments over, or may just be considering changing brokers to help them out. There isn’t anything wrong with doing this, of course, it’s your choice.  In many ways, you should treat them as you would anyone you’re considering to invest your money, since it is your money that’s on the line. The goal is to ensure that your money will be in safe hands, and handled professionally, family or not.Do you have a family member who is also your stockbroker, investment advisor, or other financial services representative?

Many broker-dealer firms encourage newly-minted employees to recruit wealthy relatives to invest with them to begin their business and grow their client list. You may have taken the bait and moved your investments over, or may just be considering changing brokers to help them out. There isn’t anything wrong with doing this, of course, it’s your choice. Continue reading ›

Christopher Black (CRD#5049080, aka Chris Bryan Black) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Statesboro, GA. His previous employers are Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of St. Simons Island, GA, State Farm V Management Corp. (CRD#:43036) of Bloomington, IL, and Linsco/Private Ledger Corp. (CRD#:6413) of Rome, GA. He has been in the industry since 2006.  Christopher Black Disclosures  Christopher Black is the subject of five disclosures, beginning with his discharge from LPL Financial on 3/30/2020. In the Form U5 submitted to FINRA on 4/30/2020, LPL stated that the firm terminated Black for entering into a loan agreement with a customer that he failed to disclose to the firm.  Following his discharge from LPL, a customer filed a dispute on 4/17/2020 alleging that Black made an “unsuitable recommendation and purchase of bond investments with regard to risk tolerance and investment objective.”  The client requested damages of $72,044.00, and the firm settled the claim for $128,936.70.Christopher Black (CRD#5049080, aka Chris Bryan Black) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Statesboro, GA. His previous employers are Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of St. Simons Island, GA, State Farm V Management Corp. (CRD#:43036) of Bloomington, IL, and Linsco/Private Ledger Corp. (CRD#:6413) of Rome, GA. He has been in the industry since 2006. Continue reading ›

Kevin Schaefer (Kevin Joseph Schaefer CRD:# 1286030) is a registered broke and investment advisor currently employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#: 19616) of San Francisco, CA. His previous employers include Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (CRD#:149777) and UBS Financial Services Inc. (CRD#:8174), both of San Francisco, and Smith Barney Shearson Inc. (CRD#:7059) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1984. Schaefer is the subject of two currently pending disputes. The first, filed on 6/12/2020, alleges “unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations.” The client requests damages of $1,000,000. The second, filed on 6/4/2020, alleges “unsuitable investment recommendations, failure to follow instructions and misrepresentations from 2012 until 2020.”  The client requests damages of $300,000. Another previous dispute was settled. Filed 5/27/2008, the client alleges that the shares of stock that were purchased were supposed to be auction rate security bonds. The client requested damages of $5,000. Ultimately, the firm agreed to repurchase the ARS securities pursuant to an agreement with “several regulatory bodies.” Schaefer did not participate in the settlement.Kevin Schaefer (Kevin Joseph Schaefer CRD:# 1286030) is a registered broke and investment advisor currently employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#: 19616) of San Francisco, CA. His previous employers include Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (CRD#:149777) and UBS Financial Services Inc. (CRD#:8174), both of San Francisco, and Smith Barney Shearson Inc. (CRD#:7059) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1984. Continue reading ›

Jason Zahtila (Jason Luke Zahtila CRD#: 4009691) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with American Capital Partners, LLC (CRD#: 119249) of Hauppage, NY. His previous employers include JW Genesis Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:11025) of St. Louis, MO and Morgan, Taylor & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:37447) of Mineola, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2000.  Zahtila is the subject of eight disclosures, all customer disputes. The most recent is a pending dispute, filed on 10/26/2020, alleging “unsuitable investments, churning and commission charges” with requested damages of $900,000.00. Zahtila denies the allegations and intends to defend himself in the matter.  A previous disclosure filed on 2/12/2015 by a different client had similar allegations of unsuitability and churning. The client requested damages of $384,224.87, and the claim was settled through mediation for $80,000 to avoid the cost of litigation.Jason Zahtila (Jason Luke Zahtila CRD#: 4009691) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with American Capital Partners, LLC (CRD#: 119249) of Hauppage, NY. His previous employers include JW Genesis Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:11025) of St. Louis, MO and Morgan, Taylor & Associates, Inc. (CRD#:37447) of Mineola, NY.  He has been in the industry since 2000. Continue reading ›

Mazair Monshi (CRD#: 2629721, aka “Mazi Monshi”) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with IFP Securities, LLC (CRD#: 297287) of Boca Raton, FL. His previous employers include LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) and Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:6363), also of Boca Raton, and Raymond James Financial Services (CRD#:6694) of Boynton Beach, FL. He has been in the industry for 24 years. Monshi is the subject of a currently pending customer dispute filed on 9/9/2020 alleging that he made recommendations for unsuitable investments for BDCs, REITS, and “other high-commission illiquid investment recommendations.” BDCs, or Business Development Company, is one that makes money by investing in companies, including up-and-coming companies, with debt financing. The BDC collects the interest payments and passes them onto the BDC shareholders who are purchasing a part of the company or are “counseling” (taking over) the company’s management. Owning stock and senior secured bonds and loans are additional ways for a BDC to profit. While publicly traded BDCs allow investors access to their monies, venture capital and private equity funds do not.Mazair Monshi (CRD#: 2629721, aka “Mazi Monshi”) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with IFP Securities, LLC (CRD#: 297287) of Boca Raton, FL. His previous employers include LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) and Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:6363), also of Boca Raton, and Raymond James Financial Services (CRD#:6694) of Boynton Beach, FL. He has been in the industry for 24 years. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is representing investors who suffered losses after investing with Glenn Arons (CRD# 2521233). Arons was registered with Park Avenue Securities (CRD# 2521233) from 1999 until 2018, and operated out of Bethesda, Maryland office First Financial Group, LLC during that time. Arons continues to operate his own company: Assets, LLC. Glenn Arons Was Discharged From Park Avenue In 2018 According to Arons’ BrokerCheck Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in November of 2018, Glenn Arons was discharged from Park Avenue securities. The allegations listed in the report state that Arons “[v]iolated Firm’s rules by (i) soliciting outside investments not approved by the firm and (ii) violating the terms of a previous internal disciplinary matter.”Silver Law Group is representing investors who suffered losses after investing with Glenn Arons (CRD# 2521233). Arons was registered with Park Avenue Securities (CRD# 2521233) from 1999 until 2018, and operated out of Bethesda, Maryland office First Financial Group, LLC during that time. Arons continues to operate his own company: Assets, LLC. Continue reading ›

Edward Dougherty (Edward Howard Dougherty/Ted Dougherty CRD# 2753847) is a registered broker and previously registered investment adviser currently registered with Woodbury Financial Services, In. in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Woodbury Financial has recently been the subject of arbitration claims alleging the unsuitable recommendation to purchase GPB Automotive and related investments.  Edward Dougherty Disclosures  Edward Dougherty has 4 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 2 financial, 1 employment separation after allegations, and 1 customer dispute:Edward Dougherty (Edward Howard Dougherty/Ted Dougherty CRD# 2753847) is a registered broker and previously registered investment adviser currently registered with Woodbury Financial Services, In. in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Woodbury Financial has recently been the subject of arbitration claims alleging the unsuitable recommendation to purchase GPB Automotive and related investments. Continue reading ›

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