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Bull BearMiller Stern Lawyers – 410-Law-Firm is currently investigating for clients of former Morgan Stanley broker Barry F. Connell and all firms and broker dealers who may be victims of, and suffered damages and losses, due to abuses such fraud, mutual fund abuses, unsuitable mutual fund investments and failure to supervise, breach of fiduciary duty, overcharging , and unauthorized trading.

Securities and Exchange Commission closed its case against a former Morgan Stanley broker who served prison time, barring him from the securities industry after ensuring that he has repaid more than $5.1 million stolen from customers, according to FINRA.

Connell pled guilty in December 2018 to stealing the money between 2015 and 2016, spending the $5 million to support his “lavish lifestyle,” according to the SEC. He perpetrated the fraud by moving funds among client accounts and using falsified wire transfer forms and checks.

Bull BearMiller Stern Lawyers – 410-Law-Firm is currently investigating clients of  Ex Ameriprise Broker Angel Bardeche CRD4698117 and all firms and broker dealers who may be victims of, and suffered damages and losses, due to abuses such as flipping “A” Shares, mutual fund abuses, unsuitable mutual fund investments and failure to supervise, breach of fiduciary duty, overcharging , and unauthorized trading.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined and suspended a former Ameriprise Financial broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, who allegedly generated $450,000 in commissions from unsuitable mutual fund switches over two years, according to FINRA and Advisor Hub.  Ms. Bardeche agreed to a nine-month suspension and $10,000 fine as well as $5,000 in disgorgement to resolve Finra’s allegations of costly mutual fund trading, according to a letter of settlement.

Between January 2017 and March 2019, Bardeche recommended 112 short-term ‘switches’ of Class A mutual funds in 32 customer accounts, Finra said. Class A funds carry large up-front sales charges and “are generally only suitable as long-term investments.”

cropped-High-Res-TA-2018-2019-284x300FINRA fined a small independent broker-dealer in California $35,000 for failing to adequately conduct background investigations on registered reps and for failing to obtain regulatory pre-approval for a seven-month growth spurt, according to Advisor Hub.

Infinity Financial Services, an Oakland, CA-based firm founded 13 years ago by a former Merrill Lynch broker, failed to contact former employers and had no procedures for conducting searches of public records, according to an “acceptance, waiver and consent letter” it signed with Finra.

It hired as many as 16 registered reps over three years through April 2017 without searching their Central Registration Depository records, including five who had pending bankruptcies, judgments and tax liens that Infinity failed to detect, Finra said.

Bull Bear Miller Stern Lawyers – 410-Law-Firm is currently investigating clients of Merrill Lynch and Charles Kenahan and Dermond Cavanaugh who are may be victims of, and suffered damages and losses, due to abuses such as churning, beach of fiduciary duty, overcharging , and unauthorized trading.

According to CNBC and other new outlets, the State of New Hampshire “is ordering Merrill Lynch to pay $26.25 million in fines and restitution to the state and to an investor, the former Governor of New Hampshire, who claimed he suffered losses at the hands of a former Boston-based broker, to settle allegations including unauthorized and excessive trading”, or what is commonly known as Churning.

This is the largest monetary sanction in New Hampshire history and proportedly the second largest FINRA settlement in at least a decade.

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NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Miller Stern Lawyers – 410-Law-Firm is currently investigating clients of Citigroup who are victims of, and suffered damages and losses in their pension funds, due to regulatory fines and penalties. A securities class action against Citigroup has been filed in New York federal court.  Their plaintiff is the City of Sunrise Firefighters’ Pension Fund, which claims in the Oct. 30 lawsuit that Citi’s risk management evaluation exposed the company to more than $1 billion in regulatory penalties. A month ago, Citigroup was fined $400 million. In September, when it became evident penalties were coming, the company’s stock dropped from $51 per share to $43.68 by October.  The company had mistakenly sent Revlon creditors $900 million of its own funds. Citi said it would boost investment in internal procedures by $1 billion. “In total, because of Citi’s deception relating to its internal controls and compliance systems, $17.43 billion of shareholder value has evaporated and class members were the ones who suffered from the defendants’ actions”, it states

Miller Stern Lawyers, LLC, a Baltimore Securities Law firm, currently represents investors for claims of investment losses from unauthorized trading, over concentration, irregular options trading, margin and unsuitability claims, broker fraud, securities fraud, securities litigation and other broker and broker/dealers for investment losses and fraud.  If you or anyone you know have experienced investment losses from the actions above or other situations, please call 410-LAW-FIRM ( 410-529-3476 ) or fill out the contact us form for a no cost consultation and evaluation of your claim

 

 

cropped-High-Res-TA-2018-2019-284x300According to Advisor Hub, “Joseph Woitkoski, who was terminated by Raymond James Associates in 2018 after 20 years as a registered rep, was suspended for 30 days and fined $7,500 for allegedly making discretionary trades for 12 customers without their written authorizations, according to an acceptance, waiver and consent letter that Finra accepted on August 20.” Miller Stern Lawyers, LLC – 410-Law-Firm is currently investigating claims and allegations of brokers making discretionary non-authorized trades in clients accounts at brokerages such as Stifel, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and others.  If you or someone you know are victims of losses in your accounts because of unauthorized discretionary trades, please call for a free evaluation.

Finra has imposed the sanctions even though “over the course of longstanding relationships, the customers gave authorization to Woitkoski to exercise discretion in their accounts,” according to the letter that the Massachusetts-based former broker signed without admitting or denying the findings. This often occurs in elderly clients, with issues such as elder abuse.  Eight of the 12 customers were “seniors,” according to Finra.

“In addition to failing to get permission from customers in writing, Woitkoski never requested or obtained approval from Raymond James. The firm maintained inaccurate books and records because the broker attested in a 2017 compliance questionnaire that he did not exercise discretion in non-fee based accounts, according to the consent letter.” according to Advisor Hub

Bull BearAccording to Advisor Hub customer complaints and litigation against brokerages will be heating up with the market turmoil.  Most of the industry will likely conclude that coronavirus pandemic fears and oil wars between Russia and Saudi Arabia are the cause of the market drop and are totally out of anyone one person or companies control, however there can be broker misconduct involved in the level of losses because of things such as over-concentration and other individual account irregularities.

“The extent of losses may not be apparent to investors for three to six months, they said, and plaintiffs’ lawyers will then have to analyze portfolios and underlying claims of unsuitability to triage the ones most appropriate for litigation.”

The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite are in bear market territory down 20% from their February highs.

The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, L.L.C. is currently investigating allegations against Hebert Hafen CRD#867068 for financial losses for any of the reasons stated bellow as well as others for individuals doing business with Mr. Hafen at any of the institutions e worked for or with. If you or anyone you know lost money because of the actions of matter at issue in this order, please contact 410 Law Firm for more information and a free consultation.

A Securities and Exchange Commission ORDER INSTITUTING ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(b) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 AND SECTION 203(f) OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940, MAKING FINDINGS, AND IMPOSING REMEDIAL SANCTIONS against Herbert Hafen was published on March 4, 2020.

Excerpts from the oder are as following

Litigation Release No. 24749 / February 27, 2020

SEC v. Nicholas Lattanzio et al., 2:15-cv-03883 (D.N.J.)

Sources have confirmed to The Law Offices of Daniel J Miller, from local news wires and SEC confirm that The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a final judgment against defendant Nicholas Lattanzio, a hedge fund manager based in New Jersey, for allegedly defrauding two small businesses out of approximately $4 million.
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