CMD Investigating Claims Against Elliot Harris and Triad Advisors, Inc. for Unauthorized Trading and Unsuitable Recommendations

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against securities broker Elliot Harris and brokerage firm Triad Advisors, Inc. for unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading and failure to supervise.  According to Mr. Harris’ FINRA BrokerCheck he has been the subject of at least five (5) customer complaints.

In September 2016, Elliot Harris was barred from association with any FINRA member.  FINRA has alleged that Mr. Harris recommended unsuitable trades and engaged in unauthorized trading.  Triad Advisors, Inc. as Mr. Harris’ broker-dealer, had an obligation to supervise Mr. Harris and the customer accounts he was servicing.

If you or someone you know lost money investing with Elliot Harris and/or Triad Advisors, Inc., you may be entitled to recover your investment losses through FINRA arbitration. CMD accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you get paid.  Your time to file a claim may be limited, so contact us today at (212) 658-0458 or contact@cmdllp.com for a free and confidential case evaluation.

CMD Investigating Claims Against David Charles Cannata and Craig Scott Capital, LLC for Churning and Unsuitable Recommendations

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (CMD) is investigating claims against securities broker David Charles Cannata and brokerage firm Craig Scott Capital, LLC for unsuitable recommendations, excessive trading (a/k/a churning) and failure to supervise.  According to Mr. Cannata’s FINRA BrokerCheck he has been the subject of at least eight (8) customer complaints.

In September 2016, David Charles Cannata was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity and ordered to pay $1,566,298.14, plus interest, in restitution to customers.  The sanctions were based on findings that Cannata made unsuitable recommendation and excessively traded in customer accounts at his member firm.  The findings stated that Cannata had de facto control over the customer accounts and made all investment decisions.  Cannata’s trading strategy in each client’s account generated extraordinary levels of activity inconsistent with the clients’ objectives and financial circumstances.  The clients sustained losses ranging from $114,171 to $1,263,527 as a result of Cannata’s trading strategy.

The findings also stated that Cannata churned his customers’ accounts.  Cannata knowingly or recklessly disregarded his customers’ interests by seeking to maximize his own compensation. Both the high turnover rate and cost-to-equity ratio establish that Cannata recommended and executed trades in the customers’ accounts for his own benefit, without regard for his customers’ resources or best interests. As a result of his conduct, Cannata violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and Rule 10b-5 and FINRA Rule 2020.

If you or someone you know lost money investing with David Charles Cannata and/or Craig Scott Capital, LLC, you may be entitled to recover your investment losses through FINRA arbitration. CMD accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you get paid.  Your time to file a claim may be limited, so contact us today at (212) 658-0458 or contact@cmdllp.com for a free and confidential case evaluation.

CMD is Investigating Claims Against Ari Financial Services, Inc. and broker William Candler for Suitability

Securities law firm Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP (“CMD”) is investigating claims against brokerage firm Ari Financial Services, Inc. and broker William Candler for suitability and failure to supervise.

In August 2016, Ari Financial Services, Inc. and broker William Candler entered into an Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (“AWC”) with FINRA.  Ari Financial Services, Inc. and broker William Candler consented to FINRA sanctions and to the entry of findings that William Candler failed to conduct reasonable due diligence regarding a private placement that the firm sold directly to retail investors.  The findings stated that as a result, Ari Financial Services, Inc. lacked a reasonable basis to believe that the private placement was suitable for any investor.  The offering was later discovered to be a Ponzi scheme, and customers who purchased interests lost their collective investment principal of approximately $560,000.  The findings also stated that as a result of deficiencies in its supervisory system, the Ari Financial Services, Inc. failed to identify and prevent the dissemination of misleading and imbalanced advertising and sales materials by registered brokers, and failed to ensure that the offering materials prepared and distributed contained sufficient and accurate disclosures. The findings also included that Ari Financial Services, Inc. failed to document the written approval of the advertising and sales material it used, and the first and last dates of use.

If you or someone you know lost money investing with Ari Financial Services, Inc. and/or William Candler , you may be entitled to recover your investment losses through FINRA arbitration.  CMD accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you get paid.  Your time to file a claim may be limited, so contact us today at (212) 658-0458 or contact@cmdllp.com for a free and confidential case evaluation.