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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.

On behalf of a client, securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP has filed an arbitration claim through FINRA Dispute Resolution Services against David Lerner Associates Inc. (“David Lerner”).  The claim alleges that President and CEO Martin Walcoe and David Lerner unsuitably recommended that the customer purchase and hold Puerto Rico municipal bonds and misrepresented and omitted material facts concerning the risk and safety of the bonds.  The recommendations and misrepresentations occurred at a time when credit rating agencies were downgrading Puerto Rico municipal bonds and indicated that further credit downgrades were imminent.   At the time of the recommendations, Mr. Walcoe was an investment counselor and branch manager.

The claim also alleged that David Lerner also failed to suitably and properly allocate the customer’s brokerage account. Instead, David Lerner concentrated the customer’s account in risky, speculative, and uninsured Puerto Rico municipal bonds.

David Lerner’s recommendations to purchase and hold speculative Puerto Rico municipal bonds and its repeated recommendations to concentrate the customer’s investment accounts into speculative junk bonds were unsuitable and not in the customer’s best interest in light of the customer’s investment objectives and “middle ground” risk tolerance.

Here is how you can file a claim to recover losses suffered from trading restrictions placed on GameStop, AMC, Blackberry, Nokia, and other stocks.

On February 12, 2021, in a letter addressed to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Robinhood Financial, LLC confirmed twenty-four (24) pending securities arbitrations.

Robinhood’s letter was written in response to an inquiry sent by Senator Warren on February 2, 2021, as to why Robinhood “abruptly changed the rules” for retail investors by restricting the purchase of certain securities.

This post is the first in a series of investigative blog posts that spotlight modern-day boiler rooms that operate under the guise of a reputable brokerage firm.  Many of the broker-dealers featured in this series still use boiler room tactics such as cold-calling customers and high pressure or aggressive sales tactics.  Other brokerage firms have a propensity for broker misconduct, such as excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trades, and misrepresentation.  Iorio Altamirano LLP is a securities arbitration law firm based in New York City. We represent investors nationwide who have suffered investment losses due to wrongful conduct by financial advisors and brokerage firms.  We are investor advocates.

SUMMARY:

  • In 2017, in collaboration with Columbia Law School, Reuters analyzed FINRA data and identified 48 firms whose brokers have been flagged for serious incidents. In 2021, our firm set out to update that analysis. 

Joseph Patrick Fuller is a stockbroker with Arive Capital Markets LLC (“Arive Capital Markets”) in Bay Ridge, NY, with a history of customer complaints, associations disreputable broker-dealers, financial liens, and employment termination.

Mr. Fuller has 11 years of experience in the securities industry and has been associated with 11 different broker-dealers, including a past association with a firm expelled by FINRA.  Twice his employment ended after alleged wrongful conduct.

Mr. Fuller has been the subject of two customer complaints, including one dispute that is still pending.

Lon Charles Faccini Jr. is a stockbroker with Arive Capital Markets LLC (“Arive Capital Markets”) in Brooklyn, NY, with a history of customer complaints and associations with disreputable broker-dealers.

Mr. Faccini has been the subject of seven customer complaints, which include two pending disputes. The pending disputes are securities arbitration claims filed by customers of Mr. Faccini.  At least one of the customers was also a client of Arive Capital Markets.  The Arive Capital Markets customer alleged excessive trading, churning, and unsuitability.  The second customer alleged misrepresentation and unsuitability.

If you have lost money with broker Lon Faccini or Arive Capital Markets, 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 former broker Jasmit Singh from the securities industry for seven months over allegations that Mr. Singh participated in private securities transactions and engaged in outside business activities without providing prior written notice to his firm. In addition to the suspension, FINRA fined him $10,000 and ordered him to disgorge $5,500 in finder’s fees.

Mr. Singh was registered as an Investment Banking Representative with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (“J.P. Morgan”) in New York, NY, from August 2017 until February 2020.

If you have lost money with former broker Jasmit Singh or J.P. Morgan, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA has barred stockbroker Lisa Marie Stevenson (Lisa Marie Gastaldo) from the securities industry.  FINRA expelled Ms. Stevenson from the brokerage industry because she refused to provide information and documents connected with FINRA’s investigation into the circumstances given rise to her termination from The Huntington Investment Company in December 2020.

Ms. Stevenson was a financial advisor at The Huntington Investment Company in New Albany, Ohio, from March 2016 until her employment was terminated in December 2020. The Huntington Investment Company fired Ms. Stevenson after she admitted that she received, among other things, a $100,000 gift from a customer in contravention of firm policy and FINRA rules.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Lisa Stevenson or suspect that Ms. Stevenson did not have your best interest in mind when recommending investments or account transactions, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your account .

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims of market manipulation and breach of contract after Robinhood Markets, Webull Financial LLC, T.D. Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, E*Trade Financial Corp., Interactive Brokers Group, and other online brokerage platforms halted the ability of its clients to purchase GameStop (NYSE: GME), AMC (NYSE: AMC), Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), Express (NYSE: EXPR), Blackberry (NYSE: BB), Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY), Koss Corp. (NASDAQ: KOSS) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) stock on January 28, 2021.

According to reports, after the popular online brokerage firms implemented the trading restrictions, GameStop ($GME) dropped 44%, and AMC ($AMC) lost 57%. The trading restrictions, which appear to have sent the share prices of targeted companies plunging, set off a firestorm of criticism, including Congress members.

New York Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement on January 28, 2021:  “We are aware of concerns raised regarding activity on the Robinhood app, including trading related to the GameStop stock. We are reviewing this matter.”

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims of market manipulation and breach of contract after Robinhood Markets, T.D. Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, and other brokerage firms halted the ability of its clients to purchase GameStop ($GME), AMC ($AMC), Blackberry ($BB), and Nokia ($NOK) stock.

To read our most recent blog post on this investigation, please click here.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which regulates brokerage firms like Robinhood, T.D. Ameritrade, and Charles Schwab, requires that broker-dealers make every effort to execute a marketable customer order that it receives fully and promptly.

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