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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred financial advisor John Swon from the securities industry.  Mr. Swon was expelled from the brokerage industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.  FINRA launched the investigation after a customer complained that Mr. Swon misappropriated or mismanaged funds entrusted to him as an investment advisory representative of Focus Financial Network, Inc.

Mr. Swon was associated with both brokerage firm Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. and registered investment advisor Focus Financial in Bloomington, MN, from October 2012 until he was discharged by both firms in April 2021 for allegedly violating the firms’ policies regarding disclosure and approval of outside business activities.

Customers of Mr. Swon or Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., can contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of their legal rights.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

Royal Alliance Associates has faced numerous FINRA arbitration complaints from customers seeking to recover investment losses. The following Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. brokers may have recommended GPB Capital funds to clients:

  • Gary Ginsberg;

Iorio Altamirano LLP is currently investigating Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. broker Matthew Crafa who is reportedly facing three securities arbitration claims related to recommendations to invest in private placement securities issued by GPB Capital. The GPB notes, which are private securities offerings exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are inherently risky investments.  These investments are suitable only for highly sophisticated investors who understand the risks and can afford a significant monetary loss.  Unfortunately, many brokerage firms and brokers sold the GPB Capital securities to retirees and unsophisticated investors because they paid a high up-front commission.

Mr. Crafa has been a broker at Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. since 2011. Iorio Altamirano LLP is also investigating the sales practices and due diligence of Royal Alliance Associates related to its sale of GPB Capital funds.   Earlier this year, the SEC charged three people and their affiliated entities with running a “Ponzi-like scheme” that raised more than $1.7 billion by selling private placements issued by alternative asset management firm GPB Capital Holdings.  Royal Alliance Associates has faced numerous lawsuits from customers in the form of FINRA securities arbitration claims to recover investment losses.

Securities arbitration is a unique and complex practice area. Investors should seek out experienced counsel who can navigate the arbitration process and effectively advocate on their behalf.

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