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Dain Stokes (CRD: #2960801) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Bedford, NH. His previous employers include Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of Manchester, NH, American Express Financial Advisors Inc. (CRD#:6363) and IDS Life Insurance Company (CRD#:6321), both of Minneapolis, MN. He has been in the industry since 1998. On 3/18/2020, a client filed a dispute alleging “misappropriation of funds,” and requesting damages of $375,000. This claim was settled, but no additional information is available.Dain Stokes (CRD: #2960801) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD#:6413) of Bedford, NH. His previous employers include Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of Manchester, NH, American Express Financial Advisors Inc. (CRD#:6363) and IDS Life Insurance Company (CRD#:6321), both of Minneapolis, MN. He has been in the industry since 1998. Continue reading ›

Victor Rigoni, III is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (CRD#:13572) of Lake Forest, IL. His previous employers include Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. (CRD#:34643) and Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (CRD#:39543), also of Lake Forest, and Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of Antioch, IL. He has been in the industry since 2000. Rigoni was affiliated with North Shore Capital Group and did business through this business.  FINRA issued a complaint on 8/3/2020 after it was reported that he failed to disclose multiple state and federal tax liens in a timely fashion, and falsely attested to his compliance in regular company compliance questionnaires. Rigoni has eight liens, totaling $164,521, and were disclosed roughly 3.5 years late on a regular basis. He also failed to report a state lien of $11,304 even after being notified by FINRA of the lien. Although FINRA requests that Rigoni pay for the costs of the disciplinary action, the case is still listed as “pending.” Rigoni denies the allegations.Victor Rigoni, III is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (CRD#:13572) of Lake Forest, IL. His previous employers include Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. (CRD#:34643) and Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (CRD#:39543), also of Lake Forest, and Edward Jones (CRD#:250) of Antioch, IL. He has been in the industry since 2000. Rigoni was affiliated with North Shore Capital Group and did business through this business. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB) on behalf of investors for potential violations of federal securities laws.  If you have losses from investing in Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) stock, contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or by email at ssilver@silverlaw.com.  Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB) is a publicly traded company headquartered in Canada that produces and distributes medical cannabis products. Aurora is the second-largest marijuana company after Canopy Growth Corporation, when measured by market capitalization.Silver Law Group is investigating Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB) on behalf of investors for potential violations of federal securities laws.

If you have losses from investing in Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) stock, contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or by email at ssilver@silverlaw.com. Continue reading ›

On September 10, 2020, the Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil Complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against defendants RRBB Asset Management, LLC and Carl S. Schwartz. According to the “Summary” contained in the SEC’s Complaint, Schwartz engaged in “cherry picking,” the act of disproportionately allocating profitable trades to accounts held by certain clients while allocating less profitable trades to other clients. The SEC alleges that by engaging in “cherry picking,” RRBB and Schwartz earned substantial management fees and convinced their clients that RRBB and Schwartz were better money managers than they really were. This conduct, according to the SEC’s Complaint, violates the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.On September 10, 2020, the Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil Complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against defendants RRBB Asset Management, LLC and Carl S. Schwartz. According to the “Summary” contained in the SEC’s Complaint, Schwartz engaged in “cherry picking,” the act of disproportionately allocating profitable trades to accounts held by certain clients while allocating less profitable trades to other clients. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN) on behalf of investors in the company regarding whether the company and its officers or directors engaged in securities fraud. If you have losses from investing in Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN) stock, contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or by email at ssilver@silverlaw.com. Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN), a Chinese company founded in 2011, operates an online financial marketplace that connects borrowers and investors.Silver Law Group is investigating Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN) on behalf of investors in the company regarding whether the company and its officers or directors engaged in securities fraud.

If you have losses from investing in Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN) stock, contact Silver Law Group for a no-cost consultation at (800) 975-4345 or by email at ssilver@silverlaw.com.

Jiayin Group Inc. (JFIN), a Chinese company founded in 2011, operates an online financial marketplace that connects borrowers and investors. Continue reading ›

On September 3, 2020, the Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commenced a civil action against Illinois resident Geoffrey Thompson. According to the SEC’s Complaint, from July 2014 through June 2019, an entity founded and controlled by Thompson, Covalent Collective, Inc., offered several different types of investments to approximately 500 investors, raising more than $19 million. According to the SEC’s Complaint, Geoffrey Thompson and Covalent used a variety of methods to solicit investors, including the use of unregistered broker-dealers, press releases, an investor relations firm, a public website, and a call center operated by Thompson’s company, Fortress Legacy. The SEC lists the following fraudulent offerings as part of its new lawsuit:  Advantameds Convertible Promissory Notes Covalent Warrants Covalent Common Stock Covalent Promissory NotesOn September 3, 2020, the Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commenced a civil action against Illinois resident Geoffrey Thompson. According to the SEC’s Complaint, from July 2014 through June 2019, an entity founded and controlled by Thompson, Covalent Collective, Inc., offered several different types of investments to approximately 500 investors, raising more than $19 million. Continue reading ›

Jeffrey Cohen (CRD: #2528929) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed by Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC (CRD#:282448) of Henderson, NV. His previous employers include Moloney Investment Advisory LLC (CRD#:282140) of Laguna Miguel, CA, Moloney Securities Co., Inc. (CRD#:38535) also of Henderson, and Western International Securities, Inc. (CRD#:39262), of Westlake Village, CA. He has been in the industry since 1994. Cohen is the subject of seven disclosures, six of which were filed in the last year. From 8/23/2019 through 7/13/2020, these disputes all allege “unsuitability” and unsuitable recommendations of “alternative investments” in their claims against Cohen. The combined claims total $7,200,000. None of the claims contain a rebuttal statement from Cohen.Jeffrey Cohen (CRD: #2528929) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed by Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC (CRD#:282448) of Henderson, NV. His previous employers include Moloney Investment Advisory LLC (CRD#:282140) of Laguna Miguel, CA, Moloney Securities Co., Inc. (CRD#:38535) also of Henderson, and Western International Securities, Inc. (CRD#:39262), of Westlake Village, CA. He has been in the industry since 1994. Continue reading ›

Dennis J. Murphy (a/k/a Dennis James Murphy) (CRD# 4840274), a previously-registered broker, has been barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to appear for testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation concerning his employer’s supervision of potentially unsuitable trading. Failing to cooperate with FINRA in this manner constituted a violation of FINRA Rules and Murphy was barred from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity.Dennis J. Murphy (a/k/a Dennis James Murphy) (CRD# 4840274), a previously-registered broker, has been barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to appear for testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation concerning his employer’s supervision of potentially unsuitable trading. Failing to cooperate with FINRA in this manner constituted a violation of FINRA Rules and Murphy was barred from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity. Continue reading ›

Arthur Stewart Hoffman (a/k/a Art S. Hoffman) (CRD# 3193754) has been barred from the securities industry following his failure to provide documents and information in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into his suspension from employment for violation of company policies.  Hoffman began his securities career in 1999 and has been based in Glendale, Arizona for the past decade. Most recently, Hoffman was registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC from 2016-2020 and prior to that, Hoffman worked for Wedbush Securities Inc. According to Hoffman’s CRD Report, published by FINRA, he was discharged from Ameriprise Financial Services LLC for “company policy violations related to outside business activities and private securities transactions.”Arthur Stewart Hoffman (a/k/a Art S. Hoffman) (CRD# 3193754) has been barred from the securities industry following his failure to provide documents and information in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into his suspension from employment for violation of company policies. Continue reading ›

On July 17, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), brought fraud charges against David Hu, the co-founder and chief investment officer of International Investment Group (IIG), in Manhattan federal district court. A link to the charges can be found here.  The SEC is charging Hu with running multiple fraudulent schemes to misrepresent the performance and conceal losses in IIG’s Trade Opportunities Fund (TOF). In addition, Hu is alleged to have sold over $60 million in phony trade finance loans to investors, using the proceeds to pay back other customers who made redemption requests for earlier investments.On July 17, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), brought fraud charges against David Hu, the co-founder and chief investment officer of International Investment Group (IIG), in Manhattan federal district court. A link to the charges can be found here.

The SEC is charging Hu with running multiple fraudulent schemes to misrepresent the performance and conceal losses in IIG’s Trade Opportunities Fund (TOF). In addition, Hu is alleged to have sold over $60 million in phony trade finance loans to investors, using the proceeds to pay back other customers who made redemption requests for earlier investments. Continue reading ›

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