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Federal Regulators Halt South Florida Investment Scheme

By Staff |

On February 26th, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced investment fraud charges and an asset freeze against two Florida men and one Florida company. The defendants include: Jonathon Turner (aka Jon Barri Brothers) of South Florida; Norman Strell of South Florida; and Castleberry Financial Services Group, LLC, a Wellington, FL-based investment company…. Read More »

SEC Charges Florida Broker-Dealer Spartan Securities Group for Its Role in Microcap (Penny Stock) Fraud Scheme

By Staff |

On February 20th, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced securities fraud charges against a Clearwater, Florida-based brokerage firm, a third-party company, and several individuals. The broker-dealer in question — Spartan Securities Group, Ltd. (CRD#: 104478) — allegedly helped a company called Island Capital Management LLC set up at least 19 “sham” entities…. Read More »

FINRA Arbitration Panel: Florida Investor Awarded Compensation for Puerto Rico Bond Losses

By Carlson & Associates, P.A. |

On February 11th, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Office of Dispute Resolution announced that a Florida investor, representing his retirement plan, was entitled to $135,629.61 in compensatory damages and associated legal costs. The dispute (Case Number: 16-00737) was centered around investments in Puerto Rican government bonds. In this article, our experienced Miami… Read More »

FINRA Complaint: Florida Financial Advisor Falsified Data

By Staff |

Vincent Joseph Storms (CRD No. 4969537) is a former registered broker and investment advisor. From November of 2015 to April of 2017, Mr. Storms was employed at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Florida. After that, he joined Ameriprise Financial Services in Tampa. Notably, during his time at Raymond James & Associates, he… Read More »

Federal Court in Florida: Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme Operators Liable for $1 Billion in Damages

By Staff |

As reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a federal judge from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has entered judgements against the Woodbridge Group, 281 related companies and entities, and several individuals, including Robert H. Shapiro, the former owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Woodbridge… Read More »

NAC Decision: Brokerage Firm With Office in Florida Made Material Omissions and Material Misrepresentations to Investors

By Staff |

Cantone Research, Inc. (CRD#: 26314) is a New Jersey-based brokerage firm with a branch office in Florida. In 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a complaint against this broker-dealer and its principals — alleging promissory note fraud. On January 16th, 2019, the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) released its decision in the case,… Read More »

Florida FINRA Arbitration Panel Decision: Wells Fargo Liable for Material Misrepresentations, Unsuitable Investment Losses

By Staff |

On January 14th, 2019, a FINRA arbitration panel based in Orlando, Florida ruled in favor of two investors — a husband and wife — in a claim against Wells Fargo (FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution: CASE #: 18-02123). The allegations in this case were centered around supposed misrepresentations that were made to the investors… Read More »

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 »

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