FINRA has barred former Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. broker Jeffrey Travis Drost from the securities industry after he refused to provide information and documents requested by FINRA.

If you have suffered investment losses with Jeffrey Travis Drost, or Raymond James, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms.

FINRA has suspended former Securities America, Inc. (SAI) broker Dale Allen Ramsperger from the securities industry for five months. Mr. Ramsperger consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he participated in a private securities transaction without prior written disclosure to his firm. His suspension is scheduled to begin on September 20, 2021, and end on February 19, 2022.

If you have suffered investment losses with Dale Allen Ramsperger, or Securities America, Inc., contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms.

FINRA has suspended Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. broker Garrett Neubart from the securities industry for two months. Mr. Neubart consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he engaged in an outside business activity without providing prior written notice to his firm. His suspension is scheduled to begin on September 20, 2021, and end on November 19, 2021.

If you have suffered investment losses with Garrett Neubart, or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms.

FINRA has suspended and fined former LPL Financial LLC broker Joffre Salazar from the securities industry for one year. Mr. Salazar consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he forged the signatures and initials of two customers on forms related to their purchases of fixed annuities. His suspension is scheduled to begin on September 7, 2021, and end on September 6, 2022. Mr. Salazar was fined $5,000.

If you have suffered investment losses with Joffre Salazar, or LPL Financial LLC, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms.

FINRA has suspended and fined former Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. broker David Van Geffen from the securities industry for 15 business days. Mr. Van Geffen consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he impersonated a customer on telephone calls to an annuity company. His suspension is scheduled to begin on September 20, 2021, and end on October 8, 2021. Mr. Van Geffen was fined $5,000.

If you have suffered investment losses with David Van Geffen, or Raymond James, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms.

FINRA has censured and fined Miami-based brokerage Primary Capital, LLC (“Primary”) over supervisory failures and advertising violations related to its EB-5 business. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is overseen by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.

According to FINRA, Primary acted as finder or placement agent for at least 70 EB-5 offerings during the period of December 2013 through February 2019.

If you have suffered investment losses with Primary Capital, LLC, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended stockbroker Joseph Lianzo from the securities industry for eight months.  Mr. Lianzo consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that from March 2016 through November 2019, while associated with Laidlaw & Company (UK) LTD. and SW Financial, Mr. Lianzo excessively traded four customers’ accounts and placed 13 unauthorized transactions in violation of FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010.  As a result of churning and excessive trading, the customers incurred high commissions and fees, and significant realized investment losses.

Customers of Mr. Lianzo, Laidlaw & Company (UK) LTD, or SW Financial should consult with a securities arbitration law firm.  If you or a loved one were a customer of Joseph Lianzo, Laidlaw & Company (UK) LTD, or SW Financial LLC, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of your legal rights.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd or SW Financial.

On September 1, 2021, Robinhood ($Hood) filed its first amendment to its Form S-1 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The public filing, which amends the registration statement that Robinhood filed in connection with its July 2021 initial public offering (IPO), discloses that the SEC’s Division of Examinations and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) have submitted inquires to Robinhood related to whether any employee executed trades in certain securities, including GameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., before the public announcement that Robinhood would restrict trading in those securities on January 28, 2021.

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Robinhood designated specific stocks “position closing only,” restricting its customers from purchasing additional shares in those stocks.  The targeted stocks included GameStop (NYSE: GME), AMC (NYSE: AMC), Blackberry (NYSE: BB), Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Koss Corporation (NYSE: KOSS), and Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR).

On August 27, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced whistleblower awards of roughly $2.6 million to five whistleblowers in three separate regulatory enforcement proceedings.  In total, over $16 million has been awarded to SEC whistleblowers this month.

In the first regulatory enforcement proceeding, a whistleblower was awarded approximately $1.2 million for providing the regulator with independent analysis based upon a complex algorithm the whistleblower developed and applied to publicly available data.  The information was valuable to the SEC and saved the agency time and resources.

In the second SEC enforcement proceeding, more than $1 million was awarded to three compliance personnel whose information led to a successful regulatory enforcement action.   The whistleblower that received the highest award provided “extraordinary assistance and comprehensive information,” according to the SEC’s press release.

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