FINRA has barred former LPL stockbroker Bradley Allen Goodbred from the securities industry for refusing to respond to an information request issued pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210.

On February 1, 2021, LPL terminated Goodbred’s registration by filing a Form U5, stating that Goodbred had been terminated because he failed to disclose and obtain the firms’ approval to act as power of attorney for a customer, in violation of firm policy. LPL stated that Mr. Goodbred used the power of attorney to request and facilitate distributions of funds from the customer’s outside advisory accounts, deposit the funds into the  customer’s bank account, and then had the customer provide him with personal checks totaling $430,000 made payable to a real estate company representative owned and operated as an outside business activity. Goodbred and FINRA entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (“AWC”) on February 16, 2021.

FINRA indicated that the matter originated from a tip received by FINRA staff on January 13, 2021.

FINRA has suspended Ricky Alan Mantei from the securities industry for 30 business days. According to an Office of Hearing Officers (“OHO”) decision from February 18, 2021, Mantei violated his firm’s prearranged trading prohibition and circumvented its cross-trade procedures by directing prearranged trading with intermediaries in order to facilitate and disguise cross trades. Mantei was fined a total of $15,000 for violating FINRA Rule 2010 and MSRB Rule G-17.

If the OHO decision becomes FINRA’s final disciplinary action, Mantei’s 30-day suspension will run from April 19, 2021, to June 1, 2021.

If you have invested with Ricky Alan Mantei, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Daniel Todd Lerner is a stockbroker with David Lerner Associates, Inc. (“David Lerner ”) in White Plains, New York, with a history of customer complaints.

Mr. Daniel T. Lerner has been the subject of seven customer complaints, which include three pending disputes. The pending disputes are securities arbitration claims filed by customers of Mr. Daniel T. Lerner, alleging that he unsuitably recommended purchasing Energy 11, LP, a limited partnership investment that invests in offshore oil and gas properties.  Two of the complaints also include allegations that Mr. Daniel T. Lerner unsuitably recommended the purchase of the Great Art Fund.   All three complaints allege that Mr. Lerner misrepresented and omitted material facts related to these investments.

Separately, in January 2021, a customer alleged $100,000 in damages resulting from unsuitable investment recommendations concerning a mutual fund, as well as interests in Direct Participation Programs (DPP) and Limited Partnerships (LPs).  A DPP is a financial security that enables investors to participate in a business venture’s cash flow and tax benefits.  The customer did not file a securities arbitration complaint.  Instead, the customer complained directly to David Lerner, and the firm denied the complaint. Customers such as this investor may still file a securities arbitration complaint.  They should contact an experienced securities arbitration attorney to further consultation.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Scott Richard Hansen for three months from the securities industry over allegations that Mr. Hansen, who is not a lawyer and did not attend law school, prepared a will and trust agreement for an elderly client who was in hospice care. FINRA also fined Mr. Hansen $7,500.

At the time of the alleged conduct, Mr. Hansen was a financial advisor with LPL Financial in Moab, Utah. LPL Financial terminated his employment in March 2020 for his conduct.

If you have lost money with broker Scott Hansen or LPL Financial, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your account.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended broker Sean Daniel McDevitt for six months from the securities industry over allegations that Mr. McDevitt, while associated with Woodrock Securities, L.P. in Houston, Texas, participated in four private securities transactions totaling $600,000 without notice to or approval from his firm.  FINRA also fined Mr. McDevitt $10,000.

Mr. McDevitt was a financial advisor with Woodrock Securities, L.P. in Houston, Texas, from November 2015 until December 2016.   He was then registered with Campfire Capital in Chappaqua, New York, from July 2017 until January 2021.

If you have lost money with broker Sean McDevitt, Woodrock Securities, L.P., or Campfire Capital, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment Group is a division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that targets professional athletes and entertainers.  The group consists of approximately 168 financial advisors across the country that hold the designation “Global Sports and Entertainment Directors.”   Morgan Stanley promotes that these advisors are uniquely qualified to address the needs of actors, directors, writers, producers, musicians, songwriters, professional athletes, coaches, and sport team owners.  Over the past year, these brokers have received six customer complaints, according to public records.

If you or a client were a customer of Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment Group and either sustained financial losses or suspect that Morgan Stanley did not have your best interest in mind when recommending investments or transactions, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Financial Advisor Darryl Cohen (CRD No. 2786613) – Westlake Village, CA

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors after the SEC charged GPB Capital, Ascendant Capital, and Ascendant Alternative Strategies with defrauding 17,000 retail investors. On February 4, 2021, the SEC charged three individuals and their affiliated entities with running a Ponzi-like scheme that raised over $1.7 billion from securities issued by GPB Capital, a New York-based asset management firm and registered investment adviser.

If you invested, with or through, GPB Capital, Ascendant Capital, or Ascendant Alternative Strategies, in any of the following funds, you might have a claim:

  • GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP (“Automotive Portfolio”)

Professional basketball players Chandler Parsons and Courtney Lee, who have both played in the National Basketball Association, have reportedly filed a $5 million securities arbitration complaint against Morgan Stanley.  According to broker Darryl Cohen’s CRD report, the complaint alleges that Morgan Stanley made payments from the players’ accounts without prior approval.  The complaint also alleges that Mr. Cohen recommended the use of a “liquidity access line” for real estate and life insurance policies for which they “now claim they hold no interest.”

Parsons and Lee were not the first professional athlete to file a claim against Morgan Stanley arising out of broker Darryl Cohen’s conduct.   Former Major League Baseball outfielder Nyjer Morgan filed a securities arbitration complaint against Morgan Stanley in May 2020.  The complaint alleged that Mr. Cohen unsuitably recommended using a liquidity access line” to loan funds to outside business entities.

If you have lost money with broker Darryl Cohen or Morgan Stanley, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA has suspended James Alan Schumaker from the securities industry for nine months for allowing a former registered representative, who had been barred from the securities industry in 2014, to conduct a securities business. The barred registered representative was identified as Mr. Schumaker’s father. In addition to his suspension, Mr. Schumaker was also fined $5,000.

If you have lost money with James Alan Schumaker, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Key Points

FINRA has suspended Stewart Schram from the securities industry for four-months for engaging in outside business activity and private securities transactions without firm approval. In addition to his suspension, Mr. Schram was also fined $7,500.

FINRA began its investigation after receiving a regulatory tip. Mr. Schram is no longer associated with any FINRA member but remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.

If you have lost money with Stewart Schram, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

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