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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

John Timberlake (John Hillman Timberlake CRD# 2109445) is a previously registered broker and investment adviser who was last registered with Carter, Terry & Company, Inc in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining Carter, Terry & Company, Timberlake worked for Suntrust Investment Services, Inc.  John Timberlake Disclosures  John Timberlake has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 4 customer disputes, 1 regulatory disclosure, and 1 employment separation after allegations disclosure:  November, 2020: A regulatory disclosure initiated by FINRA resulted in Timberlake being suspended for four month and fined $10,000. “Timberlake consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he used his personal cellular phone to exchange numerous business and securities related text messages with customers without providing copies to his member firms, thereby preventing the firms from preserving the communications. The findings stated that Timberlake confirmed orders, communicated regarding specific securities and related news, and texted the customers information about their profits and losses. The findings also stated that Timberlake sent text messages to a customer that included promissory, exaggerated, unwarranted, and misleading statements.”John Timberlake (John Hillman Timberlake CRD# 2109445) is a previously registered broker and investment adviser who was last registered with Carter, Terry & Company, Inc in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining Carter, Terry & Company, Timberlake worked for Suntrust Investment Services, Inc. Continue reading ›

Michael Fahsholtz (Michael Anthony Fahsholtz CRD#: 2057306) is a former broker and investment advisor who was registered with broker-dealer Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (CRD#:793) from 2011 until he left the brokerage industry in 2020. Fahsholtz was based in Wenatchee, Washington. Fahsholtz’s FINRA BrokerCheck Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) indicates that he is the subject of five pending securities arbitration claims, and that three other disputes lodged against Fahsholtz have been settled.  FINRA Arbitration Claims Against Fahsholtz Pile Up Over Past Three Years  Fahsholtz is facing five pending customer disputes, all of which concern his recommendations that customers invest in corporate debt instruments and unit investment trusts (UITs).  Many of the disputes contain the same allegations, including:Michael Fahsholtz (Michael Anthony Fahsholtz CRD#: 2057306) is a former broker and investment advisor who was registered with broker-dealer Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (CRD#:793) from 2011 until he left the brokerage industry in 2020. Fahsholtz was based in Wenatchee, Washington. Fahsholtz’s FINRA BrokerCheck Report, published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) indicates that he is the subject of five pending securities arbitration claims, and that three other disputes lodged against Fahsholtz have been settled. Continue reading ›

Former NEXT Financial Group broker Charles Kulch (Charles Chester Kulch CRD# 2371584) is the subject of four pending customer disputes, as well as five settled disputes, according to his FINRA record. Kulch was previously registered with NEXT Financial Group, Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire from 2006 until he left the brokerage industry in 2020. According to Kulch’s CRD Report, he was also operating Kulch Associates Inc., a tax preparation service, and Kulch Insurance Group LLC.Former NEXT Financial Group broker Charles Kulch (Charles Chester Kulch CRD# 2371584) is the subject of four pending customer disputes, as well as five settled disputes, according to his FINRA record. Kulch was previously registered with NEXT Financial Group, Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire from 2006 until he left the brokerage industry in 2020. According to Kulch’s CRD Report, he was also operating Kulch Associates Inc., a tax preparation service, and Kulch Insurance Group LLC. Continue reading ›

Thomas Fross (Thomas Michael Fross CRD:# 4509874) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with LPL Financial of The Villages, FL. He was previously employed with Securities America, Inc. (CRD#:10205), also of The Villages. He has been in the industry since 2002.  Fross is currently the subject of a pending dispute over the sale of a client’s securities, filed on 6/10/2020. In it, the client claims that Fross failed to follow instructions in regards to “unsuitable portfolio changes” from 3/26/20 TO 8/21/20. The client requests damages in the amount of $119,716.05. Fross responds that he denies all allegations, that he discussed everything with the customer, and the changes were made in order to move into more conservative investments.Thomas Fross (Thomas Michael Fross CRD:# 4509874) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with LPL Financial of The Villages, FL. He was previously employed with Securities America, Inc. (CRD#:10205), also of The Villages. He has been in the industry since 2002. Continue reading ›

Kevin Schaefer (Kevin Joseph Schaefer CRD:# 1286030) is a registered broker 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.Kevin Schaefer (Kevin Joseph Schaefer CRD:# 1286030) is a registered broker 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 ›

Gregory Williams (Gregory Jon Williams CRD#: 1561089) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Forta Financial Group, Inc. (CRD#:28784) of Greenwood Village, CO. His previous employers include Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (CRD#:149777) and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CRD#:7059) of Denver, CO, and Banc One Securities Corporation (CRD#:16999) of Chicago, IL. He has been in the industry since 1986.  Williams is currently the subject of four pending customer disputes with nearly identical allegations of unsuitability, misrepresentation, and negligence. The claims were filed between 3/31/2020 and 10/26/2020. The collective requested damages total $1,349,000. In two of the four claims, the firm denies the claims and will defend themselves.  A previous customer dispute filed on 3/29/2020 involving multiple claimants also included allegations of unsuitability, negligence, fraud, and misrepresentation. This case went into FINRA arbitration. Although the six claimants requested damages of $578,821.00, ultimately, only two of the claimants were awarded anything, damages totaling $45,818.00. The other four claimants were denied damages.Gregory Williams (Gregory Jon Williams CRD#: 1561089) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Forta Financial Group, Inc. (CRD#:28784) of Greenwood Village, CO. His previous employers include Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (CRD#:149777) and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CRD#:7059) of Denver, CO, and Banc One Securities Corporation (CRD#:16999) of Chicago, IL. He has been in the industry since 1986. Continue reading ›

David Bibo (David Omori Bibo CRD#: 2602436) is a registered broker currently employed with WESTERN INTERNATIONAL SECURITIES, INC. (CRD#: 39262) of San Jose, CA. He was previously employed with Myclearing.Com (CRD#:104161) and Interfirst Capital Corporation (CRD#:7659), both of Los Angeles, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1995. Bibo is the subject of two currently pending customer disputes regarding unsuitable recommendations. The first, filed on 12/18/2019, requests damages in the amount of $1,500,000. The second, filed on 9/22/2020, requests $300,000 in damages. Two previous filed on 5/15/2019 with concerns over “reasonableness of investment” requested $50,000 each. These claims were both denied.David Bibo (David Omori Bibo CRD#: 2602436) is a registered broker currently employed with WESTERN INTERNATIONAL SECURITIES, INC. (CRD#: 39262) of San Jose, CA. He was previously employed with Myclearing.Com (CRD#:104161) and Interfirst Capital Corporation (CRD#:7659), both of Los Angeles, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1995. Continue reading ›

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