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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Debasish Hajra from the securities industry for 30 calendar days.  Mr. Hajra consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that, while associated with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC in Marietta, GA, Mr. Hajra executed nine unauthorized trades with a total principal value of $526,966 in his deceased customer’s account.  FINRA also fined Mr. Hajra $5,000.

Customers of Mr. Hajra or Wells Fargo who have suffered financial losses, or suspect that Mr. Hajra did not have their best interest in mind when recommending investments or making account transactions, 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 represents investors that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Wells Fargo.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred financial advisor Tyler Rigsbee from the securities industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.  FINRA launched the investigation after Wells Fargo terminated Mr. Rigsbee in April 2021 and alleged that he “was terminated during the course of an internal review where documents appear to show that client funds were received in his personal bank account after being transferred from Wells Fargo to a third-party broker-dealer, and then to his bank account, without permission from clients.”

Mr. Rigsbee was associated with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC in Sacramento, CA, from October 2016 until April 2021.

Customers of Mr. Rigsbee or Wells Fargo can contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of their legal rights.

FINRA has barred former SagePoint Financial, Inc. broker Grant Birkley from the securities industry for failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation of the Form U5 filed by SagePoint Financial, which stated that the firm had discharged Birkley after he admitted making referrals to an outside asset manager without the firm’s approval.

The Form U5 is the Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration, and broker-dealers use it to terminate the registration of an individual in the appropriate jurisdictions and/or self-regulatory organizations (“SROs”).

If you have lost money with Grant Birkley, or SagePoint Financial, Inc., contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA has barred former SagePoint Financial, Inc. broker Cynthia Komarek from the securities industry for failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation of the Form U5 filed by SagePoint Financial, which stated that the firm had discharged Komarek after she admitted making referrals to an outside asset manager without the firm’s approval.

The Form U5 is the Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration, and broker-dealers use it to terminate the registration of an individual in the appropriate jurisdictions and/or self-regulatory organizations (“SROs”).

If you have lost money with Cynthia Komarek, or SagePoint Financial, Inc., contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA has barred former Wells Fargo broker Mario Rivero, Jr. from the securities industry for failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations made by two former customers.

If you have lost money with Mario Rivero, Jr., Wells Fargo, or LPL Financial LLC, contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent

FINRA has suspended former Wells Fargo Advisors broker Gary Len Wells from the securities industry for 15 months for accepting a $600,000 bequest from a non-family member. He was also fined $20,000.

Mr. Wells’ suspension runs from May 3, 2021, until August 2, 2022.

If you have lost money with Gary Len Wells, or Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

**Update:  July 29, 2021**  On July 28, 2021, Iorio Altamirano LLP announced that it is investigating potential claims involving investments in L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings (GWGH).   Upon information and belief, former Wells Fargo broker Scott Reed recommended GWG “L Bonds” to customers.  Customers of Scott Reed can contact Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of their legal rights.   To read more about Iorio Altamirano LLP’s investigation into GWG “L Bonds,” click on the following link:  Iorio Altamirano LLP Investigates L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings (GWGH)

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Update:  Broker Scott Reed, Formerly of Wells Fargo in Scottsdale, Arizona, Appears to Have a History of Recommending High Risk and High Commission Investments to Customers  

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred broker Scott Wayne Reed from the securities industry over allegations that Mr. Reed, while associated with Wells Fargo, participated in private securities transactions totaling at least $3.5 million without providing prior written notice to his firm.

Mr. Reed was a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (“Wells Fargo”) in Scottsdale, Arizona, from April 2016 until April 2020.  Mr. Reed was permitted to resign after a customer alleged that Mr. Reed recommended and facilitated investment opportunities in investments sold away from and not offered by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo appears to have denied any compensation to the complaining customer.

FINRA has barred stockbroker Christopher B. Black from the securities industry.  FINRA handed down the expulsion because Mr. Black refused to provide information and documents connected with FINRA’s investigation into whether Mr. Black entered into undisclosed loan arrangements with a customer.  Mr. Black was a financial advisor at LPL Financial LLC in Statesboro, Georgia, from October 2017 until his employment was terminated in April 2020 for violating firm policy for not disclosing the loan arrangements.  Mr. Black has also been affiliated with the following business entities:  Renasant Financial Services and LPL Business.

Mr. Black has also been the subject of three customer complaints while employed by LPL Financial LLC.   First, in April 2020, a customer alleged that Mr. Black recommended the purchase of bonds that were not suitable for the investor.   A second customer filed a complaint in July 2020, also alleging misrepresentation and unsuitable recommendations regarding the purchase of bond investments.  Third, a customer filed a complaint in October 2020, which alleged that Mr. Black misappropriated funds between August 2019 and April 2020.  No further details are publicly available regarding this pending complaint.

Before his employment with LPL Financial LLC, Mr. Black was a financial advisor at Wells Fargo in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from November 2013 until September 2017.

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