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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.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Donald Fowler from the securities industry.  Mr. Fowler consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that from December 2014 through December 2018, while associated with Worden Capital Management LLC, Mr. Fowler churned and excessively traded four customers’ accounts 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. Fowler or Worden Capital Management LLC should consult with a securities arbitration law firm.  If you or a loved one were a customer of Donald Fowler or Worden Capital Management 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 Worden Capital Management LLC.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended former Worden Capital Management LLC supervisor Henry Bones II.  Mr. Bones consented to a two-month suspension from associating with any FINRA member in all principal capacities after FINRA alleged that he failed to reasonably supervise a former broker, Christopher Orlando, that excessively traded ten customer accounts.

Earlier this year, FINRA has barred Christopher Orlando from the securities industry for excessively trading his customers’ accounts.   In December 2020, Worden Capital Management LLC was sanctioned more than $1.5 million by FINRA for, among other things, failing to establish, maintain and enforce a supervisory system, including written supervisory procedures, reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA’s suitability rule as it pertains to excessive trading.

Mr. Bones, who was associated with Worden Capital Management LLC from November 2016 to December 2019, has a history of associations with firms that have been expelled by FINRA.  He is currently registered with SW Financial in New York, NY.

American Capital Partners, LLC is a broker-dealer headquartered in Hauppauge, New York. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, the firm likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP to retail investors. Upon information and belief, broker Frank Palumbo was one of the financial advisors at American Capital Partners, LLC’s that recommend GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP to retail customers.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB Capital funds scheme. The GPB Capital funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors.

Customers who have invested in GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP with American Capital Partners, LLC, should contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and to review their legal rights.

On August 3, 2021, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and former Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. stockbroker Eugene McAdams entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2020066887801 whereby Mr. McAdams consented to a bar from the securities industry.  Mr. McAdams consented to the expulsion after refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into whether he made suitable investment recommendations to customers while registered with Joseph Stone Capital.

Mr. McAdams, associated with Joseph Stone Capital from September 2015 to June 2020, has also been the subject of at least two customer complaints.  The causes of action of the two complaints, which resulted in monetary compensation to the customers, included excessive trading on margin, elder abuse, false and misleading statements, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and unauthorized trading.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Eugene McAdams or Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C., or suspect that Mr. McAdams did not have your best interest in mind when recommending investments or making account transactions, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended former Aegis Capital Corp. financial advisor Douglas Szempruch from the securities industry for 12 months.  Mr. Szempruch consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that between August 2014 and June 2017, while associated with Aegis Capital Corp., he (1) recommended and executed excessive and unsuitable trades in six customer accounts; (2) exercised discretionary authority without prior written authorization to effect trade in seven accounts; and (3) sent email communications containing misleading statements about an investment opportunity from his firm-approved email account. FINRA also ordered Mr. Szempruch to pay nearly $100,00 in restitution to customers.   However, it is unclear whether Mr. Szempruch will be able to satisfy the restitution order.

Mr. Szempruch, who was associated with Aegis Capital Corp. (“Aegis Capital”) from June 2011 to June 2021, is the sixth Aegis broker, or former broker, to be disciplined by FINRA this year.  Separately, in March 2021, the firm itself was sanctioned by FINRA and ordered to pay restitution to customers.

Customers of Mr. Szempruch or Aegis Capital, including customers that have been notified that they may be receiving restitution, should consult with a securities arbitration law firm.  If you or a loved one were a customer of Douglas Szempruch or Aegis Capital, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of your legal rights.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Office of Hearing Officers has suspended stockbroker Kishan (Sean) Parikh for excessive trading and unauthorized trading.  Mr. Parikh, formerly of Aegis Capital Corp. (“Aegis Capital”), was suspended for 18 months and fined $5,000 for excessive trading.  He was also suspended for six months and fined $5,000 for unauthorized trades.  The suspensions will be served consecutively.  He was also ordered to pay restitution to two customers in the total amount of $40,919. However, it is unclear whether he will be able to satisfy the restation order and repay customers.

Customers of Mr. Parikh, including customers that have been notified that they may be receiving restitution, should consult with a securities arbitration law firm.  If you or a loved one were a customer of Sean Parikh, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of your legal rights.

To read our previous blog post about Mr. Parikh, please click on the following link: Former Aegis Capital Corp Broker, Kishan (Sean) Parikh, Facing Disciplinary Charges by FINRA for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations and Excessive Trading.

On July 1, 2021, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and broker Christopher Orlando entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2017056432603 after FINRA alleged that from October 2015 through December 2018, Mr. Orlando excessively traded 13 accounts of 12 customers in violation of Rules 2111 and Rule 2010.  The alleged conduct occurred when Mr. Orlando was associated with Legend Securities (2015-2016) and Worden Capital Management LLC (2016-2019).

As part of the settlement terms with FINRA, Mr. Orlando consented to a bar from associating with any FINRA member brokerage firm in any capacity.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Christopher Orlando or Worden Capital Management LLC, or suspect that Mr. Orlando did not have your best interest in mind when recommending investments or making account transactions, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

On June 29, 2021, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and a Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. stockbroker entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2020066888001 whereby the broker consented to a three-month suspension, $5,000 fine, and to pay $7,653.21 in restitution to a customer.  The broker consented to the sanctions after FINRA alleged that between May 2018 and March 2019, the broker excessively and unsuitably traded a customer’s account in violation of FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010.

FINRA previously suspended the broker in 2019 after FINRA alleged that he exercised discretion in customers’ accounts without prior authorization from the customers and without seeking or obtaining approval from his firm.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C., or suspect that Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. did not have your best interest in mind when recommending investments or making account transactions, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Department of Enforcement has filed a disciplinary proceeding complaint against financial advisor Michael Giovannelli, who also goes by the name Michael Anthony.  The complaint alleges that between February and April 2020, while associated with Spartan Capital Securities, LLC, Mr. Giovannelli made 12 unauthorized transactions in the account of an elderly customer.   The complaint also alleges that Mr. Giovannelli attempted to conceal the unauthorized trades from FINRA and testified falsely at his on-the-record interview.

Separately, FINRA alleged that between September 2018 and March 2019, while registered with Richard James & Associates Inc. (“Richard James”), Mr. Giovannelli made 100 trades in the accounts of four Richard James’ customers without obtaining the customers’ prior authorization for the trades.  Mr. Giovannelli did not have written authorization to make discretionary trades in the four customers’ accounts from either the customers or Richard James.

If you or a loved one were a customer of broker Michael Giovannelli, Spartan Capital Securities, LLC, or Richard James & Associates, Inc.,  contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

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