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Last month, this blog reported that broker Scott Wayne Reed (CRD No. 3007033) had been barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) for participating in private securities transactions totaling at least $3.5 million without providing prior written notice to his firm. Beginning in early 2019 and continuing until his termination from Wells Fargo in April 2020, Mr. Reed solicited at least six individuals, including at least two Wells Fargo customers, to invest in securities issued by Pebblekick, a software and web development company based in Pasadena, California.

Iorio Altamirano LLP has since learned that Mr. Reed has also solicited clients to invest in the following high risk and speculative investments:

  • GWG “L Bonds”: Speculative, high risk, and illiquid “bonds” that are classified as an alternative investment.  An L bond is an unrated life insurance bond that finances the purchase and premium payments of life insurance contracts bought in the secondary market.  Brokers get a commission of 1 to 5% of the market price of the bond.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended broker Richard Scott Shelley from the securities industry for one month and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.  FINRA sanctioned Mr. Shelley because he solicited a client to purchase $29,500 worth of Future Income Payments, LLC.  This blog has previously written about Future Income Payments, LLC.

Mr. Reed was a financial advisor with Packerland Brokerage Services, Inc.  (“Packerland”) in Palm City, Florida, from December 2002 until December 2020.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is interested in speaking with customers of Mr. Shelley or Packerland Brokerage Services, Inc.   Contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation 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.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred broker Scott Wayne Reed from the securities industry over allegations that Mr. Reed, while associated with Wells Fargo, participated in private securities transactions totaling at least $3.5 million without providing prior written notice to his firm.

Mr. Reed was a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Clearing Services (“Wells Fargo”) in Scottsdale, Arizona, from April 2016 until April 2020.  Mr. Reed was permitted to resign after a customer alleged that Mr. Reed recommended and facilitated investment opportunities in investments sold away from and not offered by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo appears to have denied any compensation to the complaining customer.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Michael Paul Francoeur from the securities industry.  FINRA expelled Mr. Francoeur from the brokerage industry because he refused to provide information and documents connected with FINRA’s investigation into his conduct after receiving a customer complaint.

Mr. Francoeur was a financial advisor at Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. in Somersworth, New Hampshire, from January 2012 until his employment was terminated in March 2020. Cambridge Investment Research fired Mr. Francoeur, alleging that he assisted a client with an investment that was not approved by the firm and that he used an unapproved email account, both against the firm’s policies.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Michael Francoeur or suspect that Mr. Francoeur 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.

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.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred financial advisor Tyler Dean Delahunt from the securities industry. Tyler Delahunt was registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“Merrill Lynch”) in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 2016 until August 2020.  Merrill Lynch terminated Mr. Delahunt’s employment on August 3, 2020, alleging that his conduct involved improper solicitation of clients related to private securities transactions.  Merrill Lynch also alleged that Mr. Delahunt participated in financial arrangements involving clients.

If you or a loved one were a customer of Tyler Delahunt and either sustained financial losses or suspect inappropriate activity, contact New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your account or annuity contract.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Merrill Lynch.

FINRA has barred stockbroker Javelin Mikol San Nicolas from the securities industry.  FINRA expelled Mr. San Nicolas from the brokerage industry because he refused to provide information and documents connected with FINRA’s investigation into the circumstances given rise to his termination from Edward Jones in August 2020.

Mr. San Nicolas was a financial advisor at Edward Jones in Sparks, Nevada, from December 2016 until his employment was terminated in August 2020. Edward Jones discharged Mr. San Nicolas over concerns that a client issued cashiers’ checks in the amount of $49,000 to Mr. San Nicolas with proceeds that were withdrawn from the client’s account at Edward Jones.  Mr. San Nicolas stated that the checks were for the option of purchasing two Personal Seat Licenses for the Las Vegas Raiders football team, to be transferred to the client’s name later in 2020.  At the time of the termination, the client had not received the purported Personal Seat Licenses.

The client filed a complaint with Edward Jones in July 2020. No further details are publicly available regarding this pending complaint.

When an investor suffers harm, including investment losses, due to misconduct by a financial advisor or broker-dealer, the investor can file a securities arbitration claim against their financial advisor and/or broker-dealer in an effort to be compensated. The case will be presented and defended in an arbitration proceeding to a panel of arbitrators instead of a court of law in front of a judge and jury.

Arbitration is the primary forum for resolving disputes between investors and brokerage firms or financial advisors because the parties have contractually agreed to use arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution process. When an investor opens an account with a broker-dealer, the investor is required to sign an array of account opening documents. These account opening documents regularly include an arbitration clause, which requires that arbitration be used as an alternative to litigation. This requirement is often a contractually binding obligation for both parties. As a result, disputes between investors and financial advisors or brokerage firms are resolved in arbitration as an alternative to court.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is authorized by Congress to regulate the financial services industry and operates the largest arbitration forum for securities disputes. Most securities arbitrations take place using FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Services’ arbitration forum because, as FINRA members, financial advisors and brokerage firms are required to arbitrate customer complaints upon the filing of a claim through FINRA.

FINRA has suspended financial advisor Rawad Roy Alame (CRD #5376696) from the securities industry for six months, fined $5,000, and ordered him to pay $2,700 to a former client.  Rawad Alame was a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, working out of branch offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Provo, Utah, from January 2016 until June 2019.  Mr. Alame’s employment was terminated by Merrill Lynch, which alleged that he completed an account-related document, signed by clients, to service a client’s account that was not held at Merrill Lynch and failed to be forthcoming with Merrill Lynch’s review of the matter.

Since leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Alame has been affiliated with Insight Advisors, LLC in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Gate Key Financial, L.L.C., in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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

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