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https://www.silverlaw.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Have-You-Lost-Money-with-Cantone-Research-Inc.-300x199.jpgOn October 25, 2018, the SEC obtained a court order to halt the alleged fraudulent actions of a registered stock broker and his companies.

The complaint by the SEC states that Sean Kelly used his companies, Lion’s Share Financial of East Cobb, Inc., Lion’s Share and Associates, Inc., and Lion Share Tax Services, LLC, to raise $1 million from a variety of investors. There were 12 investors, which included retirees. Kelly promised he would invest their funds into different investment products, but his promise was a lie. Instead of investing their funds into private placements and real estate, he used it on his own personal expenses. He continued to steal their money after receiving a SEC subpoena, and didn’t show up to his scheduled testimony. He used their money to buy Super Bowl tickets, expensive vacations, and also for cash withdrawals. The SEC alleges that Kelly has engaged in this fraud scheme since 2014, when he was still affiliated with Capital Financial Services.

Kelly was a representative of Center Street Securities from August 2017 to October 2018. He worked with Capital Financial Services from August 2012 to August 2017 in Marietta, Georgia. His records show that he filed for bankruptcy twice, in 2009 and in 2014.

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After the state of Massachusetts began an investigation into 63 brokers selling private placements into GPB after the company stopped selling them, The SEC and FINRA have followed suit. Both agencies have launched their own investigations into the company and its practices.

The SEC Has Proposed New Regulations for Fiduciaries on silverlaw.comGPB announced in August that they would cease finding new investment money in order to focus on compliance and straightening out their accounting and financial statements for their two biggest funds. The SEC is, according to one executive, interested in seeing how accurate GPB’s disclosures are that were given to investors. The SEC also wants to review fund performances and distribution of the company’s capital to their investors, as well as broker-dealers who sold these private placements to investors.

Launched in 2013, GPB Capital became one of the fastest growing private placement firms selling shares of their funds through independent broker-dealers. Promoting themselves as offerors of alternative investment assets, New York-based GPB uses the business model of “acquiring income-producing private companies,” primarily auto dealerships. The company has raised $1.8 billion of investor funds.

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WFG-Investments-Broker-Carl-Busch-Fined-and-Suspended-by-FINRA-300x200Massachusetts is investigating allegations that 63 broker-dealer firms may still be selling private placements in GPB Capital Holdings LLC after the firm temporarily stopped raising funds.

The head of the Massachusetts Securities Division, William Galvin, received a tip from an independent firm, and began investigating GPB’s sales practices. His office has requested documentation relating to sales activity in the state, marketing materials provided to investors and information related to investor suitability.

GPB recently stated it is suspending their efforts to raise new capital to take care of overdue accounting and financial reporting of two of its biggest funds, GPB Holdings II and GPB Automotive Portfolio. These two funds have raised a combined $1.3 billion in investor capital, and became eligible to release financial information to the public over a year ago. They are now required to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, but missed the April 30th deadline.

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FINRA Reports Brokers Nas Adel Allan and Gregory Anastos Made Unsuitable Recommendations on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comSilver Law Group represented the Claimant in a FINRA arbitration claim against Texas E&P Partner, Inc. and Mark Plummer.  Scott Silver, managing partner of Silver Law Group, a leading securities and investment fraud law firm, said “the Award is significant because we have seen a rise in cases involving private placements and alternative investments and we are grateful that the FINRA Panel recognized the damage caused by Respondent.

The securities arbitration claim alleged that Respondents sold a Reg D private placement to the Claimant without disclosing all of the risks and the investment was unsuitable.  The FINRA Statement of Claim further alleged that the Respondents charged excess commissions or markups.  Significantly, the FINRA Arbitration Panel found that Respondents are jointly and severally liable for and shall pay to Claimant the sum of $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages pursuant to Mastrobuono v. Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc., 514 U.S. 52, 64 (1995).

If you’ve lost money investing in unsuitable private placements or Reg “D” offerings, you may be able to recover your investment losses. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we recover. Please contact Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group for a free consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or toll free at (800) 975-4345.

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FINRA Brings Charges Against Sandlapper Securities for Charging Over $8 million in Improper Markups on Private Placements

Our securities law firm is investigating Greenville, South Carolina-based Sandlapper Securities, LLC after FINRA filed a complaint alleging the firm defrauded investors by selling private placements in saltwater disposal wells at excessive, undisclosed markups.

According to FINRA’s complaint, Sandlapper Securities; two (2) of its top executives, Chief Executive Officer and owner Trevor L. Gordon (CRD# 2195122) and President of the Capital Markets Division Jack C. Bixler (CRD# 22331); and two (2) former FINRA-registered representatives formed multiple entities to invest in saltwater disposal wells in order to facilitate the scheme. All of the entities were located at Sandlapper’s main office in Greenville, South Carolina.

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