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Merrill Lynch Censured, Fined $300,000 for Failure to Supervise Miami Financial Advisor

By Staff |

Merrill Lynch (CRD#: 7691) — a large global banking and brokerage firm — has been censured by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and fined $300,000 for its failure to adequately supervise one of its former securities representatives. Unfortunately, this lack of proper supervision allowed serious financial advisor fraud to occur. According to the… Read More »

FINRA Complaint: Florida Brokers Exploited Elderly Investor

By Staff |

On December 21st, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a complaint against two south Florida brokers: Ami Kathryn Forte (CRD No. 2457536) and Charles Joseph Lawrence (CRD No. 3131566). Both Ms. Forte and Mr. Lawrence served as representatives of Morgan Stanley in Palm Harbor, Florida from 2009 to 2016.  During their time… Read More »

MORGAN STANLEY OWES $4.2 MILLION TO FORMER PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE AND A MEGA BALL LOTTERY WINNER

By Curtis Carlson |

FINRA arbitration panel finds Morgan Stanley negligently supervised Financial Advisor who put clients’ money into Miami Beach hip-hop nightclub. On December 26, 2018, FINRA released an arbitration award against Morgan Stanley awarding $3,332,000 to James Groves, a Mega Ball Lottery winner in 2013, and $879,000 to Asante Samuel, who retired in 2013 from the… Read More »

Florida FINRA Arbitration Panels Awards Investor More Than $150,000 Compensation in Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Case

By Staff |

On December 11th, 2018, a FINRA Arbitration panel in Boca Raton, Florida issued a decision in favor of a claimant in a dispute filed regarding investment losses sustained in real estate investment trusts (REITs). The claim was filed against Crystal Bay Securities, Inc. (CRD#: 142339), a brokerage firm based in Delray Beach and that… Read More »

Fort Lauderdale Securities Broker Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

By Staff |

On December 4th, 2018, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that Salvatore Colonna — a former Fort Lauderdale-based investment broker — has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a multimillion dollar securities fraud scheme. In connection with the case, former securities broker Salvatore… Read More »

South Florida Broker Suspended for Eight Months for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

By Staff |

David H. Fagenson (CRD#: 1652012) is an actively registered securities broker and investment advisor. Since December of 2016, Mr. Fagenson has been employed at Newbridge Securities Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida. Previously, this representative was also associated with UBS Financial Services (2010 to 2016) and Merrill Lynch (2004 to 2010). On November 21st, 2018,… Read More »

SEC Charges Two Florida Men, Florida Company in Penny Stock Fraud Allegedly Targeted at Senior Investors

By Staff |

On November 15th, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against five individuals. Several companies were also listed in the complaint. Specifically, securities fraud charges were brought against: Mark Burnett of Rosslyn, New York Jeffrey Miller of Bellmore,… Read More »

FINRA Complaint: Tampa Broker Submitted False Reimbursement; Misled Investigators

By Carlson & Associates, P.A. |

Nancy Kimball Mellon (CRD#: 1253484) is a former registered broker and registered investment advisor. From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Mellon was associated with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC based at a branch office in Tampa, Florida. Previously, she was also a representative for Morgan Stanley (2009 to 2012) and for Citigroup (2004 to 2009)…. Read More »

SEC Adds Miami, FL Company to PAUSE Database; Entity Accused of Soliciting Investors Using Misleading Information

By Staff |

On October 31st, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the addition of 16 unregistered companies and investment entities the official Unregistered Soliciting Entities (PAUSE) list. This database is provided free to the public, as a tool for investors to help them protect themselves from fraud. Companies and investment entities can be added… Read More »

Miami Broker Fined, Suspended for ‘Quantitatively’ Unsuitable Trades

By Staff |

Akhil Morada (CRD #4859707) is a previously registered FINRA broker. From July 2016 to December 2016, Mr. Morada was employed at Primex based in Miami, Florida. Prior to that, this broker was associated with Newbridge Securities Corporation in Boca Raton (2015 to 2016) and E.J. Sterling in Miami (2014 to 2015). Recently, former securities… Read More »

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