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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 208 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.

On June 2, 2021, FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council modified a FINRA’s Office of Hearing Officers decision from 2019 that was filed by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement against Titan Securities, Brad Brooks, and broker Richard Demetriou.   The modified order has resulted in a one-year suspension of Titan Securities’ CEO and owner Mr. Brooks.

The enforcement action arose out of alleged misconduct of Mr. Demetriou’s involvement with a private placement of preferred units in a limited partnership, RBCP Preferred, LLC (“RBCP”).  RBCP was organized by the owner of Mr. Demetriou’s previous member firm, who employed Mr. Demetriou to solicit investments from Mr. Demetriou’s previous firm, and Mr. Demetrious represented that RBCP was offered to them as a means of recouping those losses.   Mr. Demetriou recommended RBCP, made misrepresentations concerning the supposed collateral securing the investments, and told customers that an investment of 10 percent of their previous losses would result in recovery of their lost investments, plus a profit – alleged returns of more than 1,000 percent.  The investors did not recoup their losses but instead lost an additional $337,000 when RBCP failed, and the alleged collateral was not foreclosed.

FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council made the following findings:

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Office of Hearing Officers has barred stockbroker James W. Flower from the securities industry for excessively trading in five customers’ accounts, executing 17 unauthorized trades, and mismarking 58 transactions.  According to the findings, although he is based in New York, Mr. Flower generated business by cold calling people all over the country, focusing primarily on senior and elderly customers who are small business owners and retirees. Cold-calling customers is a common tactic for “boiler room” brokerage firms.

Mr. Flower was also ordered to pay restitution plus prejudgment interest to harmed customers.  However, it is unclear whether he will be able to satisfy the judgment.

Mr. Flower was associated with Spartan Capital Securities, LLC since June 2019.  Previously, he was associated with SW Financial from December 2015 to June 2019.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Department of Enforcement has filed a disciplinary proceeding complaint against brokerage firm NYPPEX, LLC (CRD No. 47654), Former Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) Laurence Allen (CRD No. 1063970), and Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) Michael Schunk (CRD No. 732595).  The complaint alleges:

  • Allen continued to serve as NYPPEX, LLC’s CEO after being statutorily disqualified in December 2018 when the Office of the New York Attorney General (“New York Attorney General”) secured an Ex Parte Order (the “Order”) from the Supreme Court of the State of New York that preliminarily enjoined and restrained Mr. Allen and NYPPEX Holdings from engaging in securities fraud, violating New York Securities law, and converting or otherwise disposing of or transferring funds from ACP X, LP, a private equity fund controlled by Mr. Allen. NYPPEX, LLC’s CCO Michael Schunk allowed Mr. Allen to continue to associate as NYPPEX, LLC’s CEO despite his statutory disqualification.
  • In March 2019, Mr. Allen devised and orchestrated an aggressive sales campaign to raise $10 million for NYPPEX Holdings through the sale of securities in NYPPEX Holdings. While soliciting these investments, NYPPEX, LLC, and Allen intentionally or recklessly made a series of material misrepresentations and omissions of material fact to prospective investors concerning, among other things, NYPPEX Holdings’ valuation, its financial condition, and its management team. NYPPEX and Allen also failed to disclose to prospective investors the New York Attorney General’s ongoing investigation into Mr. Allen’s and NYPPEX Holdings’ alleged fraudulent activity and the Order that preliminarily enjoined both of them.

Ross Barish is a stockbroker with Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. (“Joseph Stone Capital”) in Mineola, New York. Mr. Barish is currently under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for defrauding sixteen retail customers by executing a high-cost, in-and-out pattern of trading that lost his customers over $800,000 while generating commissions and fees for him of more than $400,000.  

The sixteen customers experienced total losses of $814,509.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Ross Barish or Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C., or suspect that Mr. Barish 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 account or annuity contract.

A FINRA Dispute Resolution Services arbitration panel in Richmond, Virginia, found Westpark Capital, Inc. to be liable for actions of its disgraced former broker, Lawrence Fawcett, and ordered the firm to pay nearly $800,000 to customers Charles and Karen Hailey.  The award included over $545,000 in compensatory damages, $33,500 in costs, and $215,000 in attorneys’ fees.    The arbitration panel found Westpark liable for failing to supervise Mr. Fawcett, who churned the Hailey’s accounts and made unsuitable investment recommendations.  The unsuitable investment recommendations related to private placement investments in the following entities:  Protagenic Therapeutics, Inc., Monster Digital, Inc., Miamar Labs, Inc.

The former stockbroker, Lawrence (Larry) Fawcett, was barred from the securities industry by FINRA in March 2018 for failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into his outside business activities.  FINRA subsequently revoked Mr. Fawcett’s securities license for failing to pay a fine and suspended him for failing to comply with an arbitration award.  Mr. Fawcett, who had only been in the securities industry for five years, had an extensive history of customer complaints, regulatory sanctions, associations with disreputable brokerage firms, and an employment termination after allegations of wrongdoing.

If you have lost money with Lawrence Fawcett or Westpark Capital, Inc., contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Kevin Wilson is a stockbroker with Worden Capital Management LLC (“Worden Capital Management”) in New York, New York.  Since December 2017, Mr. Wilson has been the subject of at least eleven customer complaints, most involving allegedly unsuitable recommendations of private placements.

If you have lost money with broker Kevin Wilson or Worden Capital Management, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Carl Antaki from the securities industry for three months.  Mr. Antaki consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that he excessively and unsuitably traded a customer’s account. FINRA also fined Mr. Antaki $5,000 and ordered him to pay $22,865 in restitution to the customer.

The alleged conduct occurred while First Standard Financial Company LLC employed Mr. Antaki in Melville, New York. Since September 2019, Mr. Antaki has been registered with Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. in Syosset, New York.

As discussed more fully below, Mr. Frey has a long history of customer complaints, associations with disreputable firms, and at least one employment termination.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Matthew Siliato from the securities industry.  Mr. Siliato was expelled from the brokerage industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.  FINRA’s investigation originated from an investigation into Mr. Siliato’s potentially excessive and unauthorized trading in a customer’s account while he was associated with Wynston Hill Capital, LLC in the Bronx, New York.

Mr. Siliato has a history of regulatory sanctions. In June 2019, FINRA suspended Mr. Siliato for failing to comply with an arbitration award. That suspension was lifted in June 2019 but reimposed in January 2020. In September 2019, FINRA suspended Siliato for failing to comply with a second arbitration award. Mr. Siliato has also been the subject of numerous customer complaints.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Matthew Siliato or Wynston Hill Capital, LLC, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your account.

Martin Lerner is a stockbroker with David Lerner Associates, Inc. (“David Lerner Associates”) in Boca Raton, Florida, with a history of customer complaints.

Martin Lerner has been the subject of six customer complaints, which include one pending dispute and five resolved disputes that ended with monetary compensation being paid to a customer. The pending dispute is a securities arbitration claim filed by a customer against Martin Lerner and David Lerner Associates concerning energy-sector securities. The customer alleged that the recommendations to invest in Energy 12 L.P., an illiquid, non-traded limited partners, and Spirit of America Energy Fund (SOAEX), an energy mutual fund, were unsuitable.  The customer also alleged that Martin Lerner made material misrepresentations or omissions regarding both energy-sector securities.

If you have invested in Energy 11, Energy 12, SOAEX, or lost money with broker Martin Lerner or David Lerner Associates, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

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