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Category Archives: Unsuitable Investments

NAC Decision: Miami Broker Made Material Misrepresentations, Recommended Unsuitable Investments

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On October 7th, 2021, the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) rendered a decision in the case of Department of Enforcement v. Jorge A. Reyes (Complaint No. 2016051493704). The NAC upheld a previous decision, finding that former CP Capital Securities broker Jorge A. Reyes (CRD#: 4256834) violated a number of different securities regulations. Here, our Miami… Read More »

South Florida Broker Fined And Suspended For Unsuitable Investment Advice

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Charles Bonilla (CRD #2572107) is a formerly registered broker and investment adviser. From December of 2015 to May of 2018, Mr. Bonilla was a securities representative of David Lerner Associates in Boca Raton, Florida. Subsequently, Mr. Bonilla worked for Pruco Securities in Boca Raton until February of 2019. Earlier this year, the Financial Industry… Read More »

Florida Brokerage Firm Censured, Fined for Failure to Implement Supervisory System to Regarding the Recommendation of Risky Alternative Mutual Funds

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J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. (CRD No. 124583) is a national brokerage firm with main headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The broker-dealer is licensed to operate in 52 U.S. states and territories. In March of 2021, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a censure and fine against J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. Here, our Miami unsuitable… Read More »

South Florida FINRA Arbitration Panel Awards Investor $89,675 in Unsuitable Investment Claim

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On December 22nd, 2020, a FINRA arbitration panel in Boca Raton, Florida awarded an investor $89,675 in compensatory damages (Case Number: 19-00522). The respondent in the claim was UBS Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#: 8174/SEC#: 801-7163,8-16267), a national brokerage firm with a main office in Weehawken, New Jersey. In this post, our Miami unsuitable investment… Read More »

FINRA Arbitration Panel Awards Investors Approximately $250,000 in Compensatory Damages

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On June 18th, 2020, a FINRA Arbitration Panel awarded a pair of investors approximately $250,000 in compensation in a broker negligence claim (Case Number: 20-00620). The respondents in the case were Anthony Mastroianni Jr. (CRD#: 2151249), John F. Riccardi Jr. (CRD#: 4771185), and Windsor Street Capital LP (CRD#: 34171/SEC#: 8-46219). Notably, the FINRA arbitration… Read More »

Miami Broker Facing FINRA Complaint for Misrepresentation, Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

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Roberto A. Hernandez (CRD#: 1404389) is licensed securities broker and registered investment adviser (RIA). Since 2007, Mr. Hernandez has been employed as a representative of Merrill Lynch. Pierce, Fenner & Smith at a branch office in Miami, FL. In the fall of 2019, an investor filed a complaint against the Merrill Lynch broker alleging… Read More »

FINRA Arbitration Panel Awards Florida Investor $100,000 in Unsuitable Investment Claim

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On August 29th, 2019, a Tampa-based FINRA Arbitration panel awarded $100,000 in compensatory damages to a Florida-based investor (FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution Case Number: 18-02477). Among other things, the investor in this case alleged that he suffered illegitimate investment losses as a result of unsuitable investment recommendations and lack of proper diversification. Unsuitable… Read More »

Delray Beach, FL Broker Barred for Failure to Cooperate With Investigation Into Allegations of Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

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Thomas John Marino (CRD#: 4438533) is a previously licensed securities broker and registered investment advisor (RIA). Most recently, Mr. Marino was an associate of R.M. Stark & CO in Delray Beach, Florida. Prior to that, he worked as a representative for J.W. Cole Financial (2009 to 2012) and Newbridge Securities (2009). On July 18th,… Read More »

Palm Beach County Broker Barred for Failure to Cooperate With an Investigation into Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

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Rafael Golan (CRD#: 1074079) is a previously registered securities broker. From 2007 to 2019, Mr. Golan was employed at Crystal Bay Securities in Delray Beach, Florida. Prior to that, this financial advisor was also associated with Independent Financial Group (2004 to 2006), Sentra Securities Corporation (2001 to 2004), and Prime Capital Services (1999 to… Read More »

Miami, FL Morgan Stanley Broker Barred After Failing to Provide Information to FINRA

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Scott J. Donato (CRD#: 2336331) is a former securities broker and registered investment advisor (RIA). He has been licensed for 23 years. From 2009 to 2017, Mr. Donato was employed as a  representative of Morgan Stanley, where he was based at a branch office in Miami, Florida. As of March 14th, 2019, Mr. Donato… Read More »

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