Articles Tagged with unauthorized trading

**Update: November 11, 2021** On November 8, 2021, Aegis  Capital Corp agreed to pay nearly $2.7 million in sanctions for supervisory failures related to excessive and unsuitable trading by its brokers from July 2014 through December 2018.   Click on the following link to read more:  Aegis Capital Corp. Ordered to Pay Nearly $2.7 Million for Supervisory Failures Related to Rampant Excessive and Unsuitable Trading

Customers of 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 Aegis Capital, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and review of your legal rights.

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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 (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Matthew Alexander Perry (“Alex Perry”) from the securities industry.  Mr. Perry was expelled from the brokerage industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation after Mr. Perry received a customer complaint alleging he failed to follow a customer’s stated goals and failed to disclose risks associated with options trading.  Mr. Perry was associated with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated in Columbia, Missouri, from June 2016 until May 2019.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Alex Perry or Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, contact  New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Kevin McCallum from the securities industry for one year.  Mr. McCallum consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that from May 2017 through June 2019, while associated with LPL Financial LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, he made unsuitable recommendations to 12 customers, resulting in their overconcentration in a high-risk, publicly-traded business development company (BDC), believed to be Medley Capital Corporation.

Additionally, FINRA alleged that during the same period, Mr. McCallum sent emails to customers about the BDC that contained unwarranted and exaggerated claims, opinions, and forecasts, did not provide fair and balanced treatment of the risks and benefits of the investment, and contained promissory statements in violation of FINRA rules.

In addition to the suspension, Mr. McCallum was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, disgorge $14,231 of commissions, and pay over $1.2 million in restitution to customers. However, it is unclear whether he will be able to satisfy the restation order and repay customers.

**Update:  April 30, 2022** On November 19, 2021, the FINRA Office of Hearing Officers entered a default decision barring Mr. Giovannelli from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity for providing falsified documents and false testimony to FINRA staff and engaging in unauthorized trading in a customer account.  For the unauthorized trading, Mr. Giovannelli was also ordered to pay $1,494 in restitution, plus interest, to the customer.  In light of the bars, the hearing officers did not impose any additional sanctions for Mr. Giovannelli’s discretionary trading without written authorization in four additional customer accounts.

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FINRA Files Enforcement Action Against Financial Broker Michael Giovannelli, Formerly of Spartan Capital Securities, for Unauthorized Trades in an Elderly Customer’s Account

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Marc Lippman from the securities industry.  Mr. Lippman consented to the bar after FINRA alleged that he provided false information to FINRA during on-the-record testimony regarding whether he was aware that his customer was deceased at the time of entering a securities transaction in the customer’s account.  Mr. Lippman was associated with Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Incorporated in Washington, DC, from December 2009 until January 2021.

If you have suffered financial losses investing with Marc R. Lippman or Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Incorporated, contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation.  

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors nationwide that have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Incorporated.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Department of Enforcement has filed a disciplinary proceeding complaint against financial advisor Marc Reda.  The complaint alleges that from January 2017 to December 2019, while associated with Spartan Capital Securities, LLC, Mr. Reda recommended to all of his customers an investment strategy – actively trading in anticipation of corporate announcements – that was unsuitable because he failed to consider that the substantial commissions and costs associated with his investment strategy made it unlikely that his customers could profit from it.

The recommended strategy and its high total costs allegedly harmed his customers.  The complaint alleges that across 66 customer accounts in which Mr. Reda executed ten or more trades connected with his unsuitable investment strategy, Mr. Reda charged $952,764 in commissions and fees, while the customers lost $934,482.

If you or a loved one were a customer of broker Marc Augustus Reda or Spartan Capital Securities, LLC,  contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights.

Philip Connors is a stockbroker with Worden Capital Management LLC (“Worden Capital Management”) in New York, New York.  Mr. Connors has a history of customer disputes and a past association with a disreputable brokerage firm that has been expelled by FINRA.

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

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David Murray is a stockbroker with Worden Capital Management LLC (“Worden Capital Management”) in New York, New York.  Mr. Murray has a history of customer disputes and associations with disreputable brokerage firms that have been expelled by FINRA.

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

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority “(FINRA”) has suspended Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. broker Matthew Zanowiak from the securities industry for ten business days for exercising discretion without written authorization in approximately 15 customer accounts. Mr. Zanowiak was also fined $5,000.

If you have lost money with Matthew Zanowiak or Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc., contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors who have disputes with their financial advisors or brokerage firms, such as Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc.

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