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Bryon Edwin Martinsen (CRD #1621649) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with Centaurus Financial, Inc. (CRD #30833) of Northport, NY.  His previous employers are AXA Advisors, LLC (CRD #6627) and The Equitable Life Assurance Society Of The United States (CRD #4039), both of New York, NY.  He has been in the industry since 1987.

Martinsen has a total of eight disclosures on his record dating back to 1999, when he was discharged from AXA Advisors for engaging in outside business activities. He had previously been advised to end these business activities.

My-Financial-Advisor-is-Giving-Me-the-Runaround-on-My-Investments-What-Are-My-Rights-300x200His most recent disclosure was filed on 6/25/2018. This customer disclosure is currently pending, and includes allegations of “unsuitable investments, misrepresentations, and omission of material risks, in connection with the sale of various investments.” The client has requested damages of $231,244.71. Martinsen denies the allegations.

Michael Turner Morrissett (CRD #1456789) is a registered broker and investment advisor who is currently employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD #19616) of Roanoke, VA. His previous employers are First Union Brokerage Services, Inc. (CRD #8112) of Charlotte, NC and Dominion Investment Banking, Inc. (CRD #17523)   He has been in the industry since 1986.

Lawrence-LaBine-Under-Fire-for-Alleged-Unsuitable-Recommendations-and-More-1024x683-300x200Morrissett is the subject of four disclosures, the most recent of which was filed on 4/5/2018. The claimants allege that Morrissett “misrepresented” two hedge funds in 2013 and 2015, and that the information provided on the two alternative investments was “misleading.” The clients have requested damages of $2,300,000. This case is currently pending.

The next customer dispute was filed on 1/15/2014, with the client alleging that Morrissett “pursued an unsuitable investment strategy beginning in 2000 that overexposed her account to the volatility of the equities markets during the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.”  The case was settled for $85,000 by the firm to avoid the expense and hassle of litigation.

Abern-Barred-by-FINRA-for-Failing-to-Cooperate-200x300Steven Pagartanis (CRD #1958879) was employed by Lombard Securities Inc. from September 2017 through March 2018. Previous employment included Cadaretm Grant & Co, Inc. from September 2012 to March 2017 and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. from August 2011 to September 2012.

Pagartanis was barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities. Without admitting or denying the findings, Pagartanis consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to appear for FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with an investigation of allegations that he made fraudulent misrepresentation to customers and misappropriated customers’ funds.

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When Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico, it caused devastation to the island’s infrastructure, crops, homes and power grid that will take many years to repair. But the damages to Puerto Rico include losses in municipal bonds and the mutual funds that hold them, which were close to default even before the storm.

While the island still struggles to recover, it wasn’t the first catastrophic event to hit the island territory. In 2014, Puerto Rico was already headed for a severe financial crisis, with bond sales from Morgan Stanley brokers as the catalysts.

Morgan Stanley and Barclay’s were responsible for underwriting the island’s $3.5 billion sale in March 2014. This sale was the last major issue by Puerto Rico before declaring bankruptcy on May 3, 2017, for a debt restructuring amounting to $3.8 trillion. The island’s debt stood at $70 million, and it needed to restructure pensions of $49 million. This municipal bankruptcy was even bigger than the city of Detroit’s 2013 restructuring of $18 billion.

James B. Lowther


Silver Law Group is investigating Sarasota, Florida-based Merrill Lynch broker James B. Lowther following a customer complaint alleging unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresenting an investment opportunity.

Bettye C. Hays


Silver Law Group is investigating former Mobile, Alabama-based Principal Securities broker Bettye Hays following a customer complaint alleging unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresenting an investment opportunity.

Kim D. Isaacson


Silver Law Group is investigating former Midvale, Utah based Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc broker Kim D. Isaacson after FINRA received a complaint of fraudulent misrepresentation, omission of material facts and unauthorized trading

Silver Law Group is investigating former Jericho, New York Ridgeway & Conger, Inc. (CRD# 113055) Kenley Brisard (CRD# 2641960) after FINRA permanently barred the broker.

According to Brisard’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, FINRA permanently barred Brisard.

According to Brisard’s BrokerCheck report, in January 2016 Brisard was named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he sold an unregistered security.  FINRA found that Brisard sold unsuitable investments at undisclosed markups of 14-33 percent using general solicitation emails that fraudulently misrepresented the product and the respondent’s role in its development.

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