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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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Edward Earl Matthes (CRD#: 2788055) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Mutual Of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD#:611) of Oconomowoc, WI. His previous employers include Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387), also of Oconomowoc and Minneapolis, and MML Investors Services, INC. (CRD#:10409), of Chesterfield, MO. No current employment information is available. He has been in the business since 1996.Mutual of Omaha discharged Matthes on 3/12/2019, after allegations surfaced that he “created fictitious account statements and diverting customer funds for his own personal use.”  On 3/15/2019, The FBI began an investigation into the allegations of Matthes’ misappropriation of client funds. No additional information is yet available from the FBI.Edward Earl Matthes (CRD#: 2788055) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Mutual Of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. (CRD#:611) of Oconomowoc, WI. His previous employers include Thrivent Investment Management Inc. (CRD#:18387), also of Oconomowoc and Minneapolis, and MML Investors Services, INC. (CRD#:10409), of Chesterfield, MO. No current employment information is available. He has been in the business since 1996. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim on behalf of clients against Centaurus Financial, Inc. (CRD# 30833) and J.P. Turner & Company, LLC (CRD# 43177) regarding the acts of its employees Cindy Chiellini (CRD# 1015592) and Ricky Mantei (CRD# 1098981).The claim is brought on behalf of a family-run business’s profit sharing plan (PSP), and seeks monetary damages.Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim on behalf of clients against Centaurus Financial, Inc. (CRD# 30833) and J.P. Turner & Company, LLC (CRD# 43177) regarding the acts of its employees Cindy Chiellini (CRD# 1015592) and Ricky Mantei (CRD# 1098981).

The claim is brought on behalf of a family-run business’s profit sharing plan (PSP), and seeks monetary damages.

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Silver Law Group filed another FINRA arbitration claim on behalf of clients against Voya Financial Advisors regarding its former employee James Flynn (CRD# 3082615) of Greenville, South Carolina.The claim requests compensatory damages for our clients, and alleges that Voya failed to supervise Flynn’s conduct while he was working for them relating to the sale of Phillip Edison REIT, Business Development Corp of America (BDC), and other investments.Silver Law Group filed another FINRA arbitration claim on behalf of clients against Voya Financial Advisors regarding its former employee James Flynn (CRD# 3082615) of Greenville, South Carolina.

The claim requests compensatory damages for our clients, and alleges that Voya failed to supervise Flynn’s conduct while he was working for them relating to the sale of Phillip Edison REIT, Business Development Corp of America (BDC), and other investments. Continue reading

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The news keeps getting worse for GPB Capital. The troubled company reported Friday that the value of its two biggest investment funds, GPB Holdings II and GPB Automotive Portfolio, have declined by 25% and 39%, respectively.The other five GPB funds also have significant declines in value, according to the company.The news keeps getting worse for GPB Capital. The troubled company reported Friday that the value of its two biggest investment funds, GPB Holdings II and GPB Automotive Portfolio, have declined by 25% and 39%, respectively.

The other five GPB funds also have significant declines in value, according to the company. Continue reading

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Herbert Hafen (CRD#: 867068, aka Elias Herbert Hafen, E Herbert Niggebrugge, Elias Niggebrugge) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of New York, NY. Hafen’s previous employers include Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777 and CRD#: 8209), and Bear Sterns (CRD#: 79), also of New York City. He has been in the industry since 1979. Hafen was discharged by Wells Fargo on 8/21/2018, after “entering into financial arrangements with clients that were not approved by the firm.”Herbert Hafen (CRD#: 867068, aka Elias Herbert Hafen, E Herbert Niggebrugge, Elias Niggebrugge) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD#:19616) of New York, NY. Hafen’s previous employers include Morgan Stanley (CRD#:149777 and CRD#: 8209), and Bear Sterns (CRD#: 79), also of New York City. He has been in the industry since 1979.

Hafen was discharged by Wells Fargo on 8/21/2018, after “entering into financial arrangements with clients that were not approved by the firm.” Continue reading

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