FINRA Arbitration Panel Orders Morgan Stanley to Pay $519K for Client Losses Timothy J. Prouty A couple from New Mexico claiming that a Morgan Stanley financial advisor, Timothy J. Prouty, persuaded them to buy complex financial instruments were awarded $519,089, plus interest by a FINRA Arbitration Panel. In 2016, a couple alleged that Morgan Stanley’s […]

FINRA Rogue Broker Rule

As part of its crackdown on rogue brokers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has identified 61 firms that would face restrictions under a newly proposed FINRA rule. https://www.investmentnews.com/article/20190515/FREE/190519952/finra-rogue-broker-rule-would-affect-61-firms

Christhian Palacios of Garden State Securities Subject to Two Customer Complaints

According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Christhian Palacios (Palacios) has been subject to two customer complaints and four tax liens during the course of his career.  Palacios is currently employed by Garden State Securities, Inc. (Garden State Securities).  One of the customer complaints against Palacios concern allegations of […]

Scott Mass of David Lerner Associates has been subject to five customer complaints

According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Scott Mass (Mass), currently employed by David Lerner Associates, Inc. (David Lerner) has been subject to five customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), most of Mass’ customer complaints allege that Mass made unsuitable recommendations in a variety of investments including REITs, Puerto Rico bonds, […]

Mitchell Rock of Wells Fargo Subject to Numerous Customer Complaints

According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Mitchell Rock (Rock), currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) has been subject to nine customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), most of Rock’s customer complaints allege that Rock made unsuitable recommendations in a variety of investments structured products. In July […]

Investors Harmed By Faulty Variable Annuity Exchanges Have Recourse

Two recent enforcement actions from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. demonstrate FINRA’s attention on variable annuities, especially faulty annuity exchanges. Brokers typically recommend clients replace annuities under Section 1035 of the tax code. That provides a tax-free transfer for the client, but also generates additional commission for the broker. As such, 1035 exchanges are […]

CMD Investigating Claims Against Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. and Jeffrey Paul Dragon for Unsuitable UITs

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. and Jeffrey Paul Dragon for recommending and effecting a pattern of unsuitable short-term trading of UITs (Unit Investment Trusts). FINRA has alleged that the short-term trading patterns were inconsistent with the design of the securities […]

CMD Investigating Claims Against Brent Porges and Zachary Bader for Churning, Unsuitability, Unauthorized Trading and Fraud

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against brokers Brent Porges and Zachary Bader for churning (excessive trading), making unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading and fraud, particularly related to ETFs (exchange traded funds) and ETNs (exchange traded notes). According to Brent Porges’ FINRA BrokerCheck, he has been the subject of at least […]

CMD Investigating Claims Against Kelly Althar and Financial West Group for Unsuitable Recommendations and Engaging in Excessive Trading

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against Kelly Althar and Financial West Group for unsuitable recommendations, engaging in excessive trading (churning) and failure to supervise, particularly related to elderly customers. According to FINRA, Kelly Althar made unsuitable recommendations and engaged in excessive trading in an elderly customer’s accounts. FINRA alleges that […]

CMD Investigating Claims Against Mauricio Jaramillo and Ultralat Capital Markets, Inc. for Unsuitable Trading, Unsuitable use of Margin, Short-term Trading and for Failure to Supervise

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against Mauricio Jaramillo and Ultralat Capital Markets, Inc. for unsuitable trading, unsuitable use of margin, short-term trading and for failure to supervise. As reported by FINRA, Mr. Jaramillo recommended unsuitable trades in at least three customer accounts, in that he recommended short-term trading in bonds, […]