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Robert Abramowitz (CRD #4437589) is a currently registered broker and investment advisor employed with National Securities Corporation (CRD #7569) of Melville, NY. Previous employers include Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (CRD #249) of Jericho, NY, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (CRD #6694) of Garden City, NY, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD #19616) of Great Neck, NY. He has been in the industry since 2001.

FINRA Reports Brokers Nas Adel Allan and Gregory Anastos Made Unsuitable Recommendations on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comAbramowitz has three disclosures in his record, all customer disputes. The most recent, on 7/30/2018, alleges “breach of contract, negligence, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty.”  The client is requesting damages of $100,000. No additional information is available.

A previous customer dispute was filed on 3/28/2018, alleging that from 7/26/2011 – 4/11/2016, her investment objectives and risk tolerance were incorrectly state on her new account documentation. Additionally, the client alleged that her investments were unsuitable and were “misrepresented to her.” The client requested damages of $149,236.86, and the firm settled for $75,000.

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Boca-Raton-Financial-Advisor-Robert-Child-Faces-Yet-Another-Customer-Dispute-300x199Marc Neil Kalter (CRD #1998911) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last employer was Dawson James Securities, Inc. (CRD #130645) of New York, NY.  Four of his previous employers have been expelled by FINRA:

  • Meyers Pollock Robbins, Inc. (CRD #13436)
  • Monitor Investment Group, Inc. (CRD #31007)
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What-Keeps-a-Ponzi-Scheme-Running-300x200Silver Law Group and The Law Firm of David R. Chase have filed their second FINRA arbitration claim against Independent Financial Group alleging its broker recommended the services of an individual who was running a Ponzi scheme.

According to the securities arbitration complaint, the Claimant’s elderly father became a client of Independent Financial Group and its broker, Jon Pariser (CRD# 2755015), after meeting him at a gathering hosted by a fraternal order both were affiliated with.

In or around June 2017, Pariser informed the Claimant that he was retiring. Pariser then allegedly recommended to Claimant Christopher A. Parris, an individual who had been unlicensed for over a decade, as a trustworthy and skilled professional. According to the Statement of Claim, this fact was not disclosed by either Pariser or Independent Financial Group.

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Silver Law Group has filed a FINRA arbitration claim against IFS Securities and Voya Financial Advisors, Inc., two firms that employed Greenville, South Carolina-based broker James T. Flynn (CRD# 3082615).

In the securities arbitration complaint, the Claimant alleges that she entrusted Flynn with a significant amount of money to manage while he was employed with Voya Financial Advisors and IFS Securities. According to the complaint, Flynn then proceeded to recommend significant positions in illiquid investments and non-traded REITs, including a Phillips Edison REIT and a business development corporation (BDA) called Business Development Corporation of America.

Flynn proceeded to recommend, according to the FINRA arbitration complaint, the Claimant invest a significant amount of money in these investments. Claimant alleges Flynn made these recommendations solely due to the significant fees and commissions he would earn selling these products. Due to these unsuitable recommendations and IFS Securities and Voya Financial Advisors’ failure to supervise Flynn, Claimant allegedly lost a significant amount of money.

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Kari Marlin Bracy (aka Kari Marlin Farwell, CRD #5656186) is a registered broker employed by NYLIFE Securities LLC (CRD #5167) of Jacksonville, FL. She has been in the industry since 2009, and only with NYLIFE.

iStock-154012464-300x225Bracy is the subject of one disclosure, filed on 7/31/2018. In it, the client claims that when she invested in Future Income Payments, LLC in December of 2017, Bracy misrepresented this as a safe, conservative investment with a 7.5% annual return for ten (10) years. The client is requesting damages of $142,697.27. Bracy denies the allegations.

Future Income Payments, LLP (FIP) is the subject of a complaint filed by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). Filed in the Central District of California, the complaint alleges that the defendants violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, 12 U.S.C. § 5536(a)(1)(B), by expressing to consumers that their “pension-advance products” were not loans and not subject to interest rates. The company also claimed that they were comparable to or cheaper than credit card rates. These “purchases” were, indeed, actually very high-interest loans. The company has since shut down, stopped making payments, and the owner, Scott Kohn, is now unavailable. These loans were sold through intermediaries primarily in the Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, northern Florida and Philadelphia areas.

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Dominick Joseph Diorio, Jr. (CRD #2447817) is a registered broker currently employed with Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD #15007) of Melville, NY. He was previously employed with Global Arena Capital Corp (CRD #16871) of New York, NY, Prestige Financial Center, Inc. (CRD #30407), also of Melville, and S.W. Bach & Company (CRD #43522), of Port Washington, NY. Five of his previous employers have been expelled by FINRA. He has been in the industry since 1995.

Be on the Lookout: 3 Common Signs of an Investment Scam on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comDiorio is the subject of four disclosures, the most recent filed on 2/12/2018. In it, the client alleges “unauthorized trading and unsuitable investment recommendations,” and requests damages of $769,690.00. Diorio steadfastly denies the charges. This case is currently pending.

A previous customer dispute filed on 9/29/2017 has similar allegations of an “unsuitable investment strategy” during the period of December 2012 through July of 2017. Diorio also denies the allegations, and explained reasons why the case wasn’t valid including the investment savvy of the customer. On the advice of counsel, Diorio and the firm settled this claim for a total of $837,500.00 instead of risking higher damages and expenses on a hearing and possibly a trial.

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Craig Aaron Bonn (CRD #2280460) is a currently registered FINRA broker employed with National Securities Corporation (CRD #7569) of New York, NY. He was previously registered with Laidlaw & Company (UK) LTD. (CRD #119037) and Sands Brothers & Co., LTD. (CRD #26816), both also of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1993.

FINRA Reports Brokers Nas Adel Allan and Gregory Anastos Made Unsuitable Recommendations on elderfinancialfraudattorneys.comBonn is currently the subject of a customer dispute filed on 8/29/2018 that alleges unsuitability and excessive trading from 2008 through 2016. The client has requested damages of $228,128.47. Bonn denies the claims of wrongdoing made in this dispute.

Previously, Bonn was accused of making “unsuitable recommendations” for a client from 2006 through 2012 in a dispute filed on 1/17/2014. The client requested $800,000 in damages, and the firm settled for $325,000. Bonn was “dismissed and discharged” from this case, and the company settled without any input or contribution from him.

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Thomas Edison Kelly, Jr (CRD #2877415) is a registered FINRA broker who is currently employed with Aegis Capital Corporation (CRD #15007) of New York, NY. His previous employers include National Securities Corporation (CRD #7569, expelled by FINRA in 2009) and First Republic Group, LLC (CRD #39781), also of New York. He has been in the industry since 1997.

National Securities Corporation: Frequent Customer Disputes with FINRA on silverlaw.com
Kelly is the subject of three recent customer disputes, with requested damages of $1,191,844. They were filed on 10/01/2018, 08/13/2018 and 07/30/2018, respectively, with similar allegations of unsuitability, excessive trading, misrepresentations, negligence, and breach of contract/fiduciary duty. All three disputes are pending, and no other information is yet available.

Three previous customer disputes that were settled were filed between 12/2008 and 3/2010 echo these allegations. The damages requested totaled $4,715,400, and the cases were settled for $35,500 (the smallest settlement was $3,500). Kelly has a total of 17 disclosures, dating back to 1999.

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According to Flynn’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, he was based out of the Greenville, South Carolina branches of IFS Securities and Voya Financial Advisors.  After he failed to respond to a FINRA inquiry that followed approximately 17 disclosures and two employment terminations within one year, he was permanently barred in June 2018.

Flynn has a total of 22 disclosures on his FINRA BrokerCheck report, including his banishment from the securities industry.

Upon information and belief, Flynn primarily sold his customers non-traded REITs and other illiquid investments including the Philllip Edison REIT and The Business Development Corporation of America.

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Robert Scott Ginsberg (CRD #5177531) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. (CRD #421) of Wallingford, CT. He was previously employed by Investors Capital Corp. (CRD #30613), also of Wallingford. He has been in the industry since 2008.

Scottsdale-Capital-Advisors-Awaiting-FINRA-Disciplinary-Action-After-Alleged-Scheme-300x200Ginsberg is the subject of two disclosures in his record. Both are customer disputes filed in 2017, and are currently pending.

The first was filed on 12/07/2017, alleging “suitability.” No damages are listed, and no other information is available.

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