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January 9, 2013
LPL Sued over Nontraded REIT Sales by Massachusetts

Massachusetts securities regulators sued LPL Financial, LLC, in December over sales practices of brokers regarding the REITs. Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, charged LPL Financial with a failure to supervise registered reps who sold the nontraded REITs in violation of both state limitations and the company's rules. The Securities Division also charged LPL Financial […]

January 9, 2013
Did You Invest in Wells Timberland REIT?

Soreide Law Group is currently investigating the Wells Timberland REIT for the investors who suffered financial losses. FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, fined Wells Investment Securities $300,000 for improper sales materials when selling the Wells Timberland REIT, from May 2007 to September 2009. (Wells Investment Securities neither admitted nor denied the charges.) FINRA stated […]

January 8, 2013
Lars Soreide's Clients Win Settlement Against Harvest Financial, LLC, Due to Negligent Supervison of Broker

The following article appeared in the "Tewksbury Advocate:" "Tewksbury scam victims win $155,250 settlement By Steve Adams GateHouse News Service Tewksbury — A Tewksbury couple who lost $255,000 to a Quincy financial adviser’s investment scam have won a $155,250 settlement. An arbitrator ruled last week that Harvest Financial LLC must repay a Tewksbury couple because […]

January 8, 2013
New FINRA Rule 5123 Regarding the Sale of Private Placements Became Effective December 3, 2012

In an effort to protect investors over the sale of private placements, the new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Rule 5123, was effective on December 3, 2012. Under the new FINRA Rule 5123, FINRA member firms that sell an issuer’s securities in a private placement will be required, subject to certain exemptions (which include private […]

January 8, 2013
Did You Invest in Private Placement Funds with Gramercy Securities?

Securities Lawyer, Lars Soreide, of Soreide Law Group, is currently investigating Gramercy Securities, Inc. This brokerage has been alleged to have placed unsophisticated investors' money into unsuitable investments. There have been claims, for example, of a recent widow losing her entire net worth by investing in risky private placements. Some of these risky private placements […]

January 7, 2013
Broker Jason T. Knapp Arrested in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Jason T. Knapp, Corinth, New York, was arrested in connection with a nationwide Ponzi scheme, which allegedly involves hundreds of thousands of dollars. Knapp was a registered representative of Dawson James Securities of Boca Raton, FL, and had raised investment capital with a company call SteepleChase Group, making claims that returns on investments would be […]

December 19, 2012
Were You a Client of Gary Harrison Lane?

Securities Attorney, Lars Soreide, of Soreide Law Group was recently quoted in an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal, written by Jaclyn O’Malley regarding former broker Gary Harrison Lane. The quote reads as follows: "Florida securities attorney Lars Soreide said Tuesday he has represented a few clients who have recently settled with broker firms connected to […]

December 19, 2012
Variable Annuity Contracts That Have a Guaranteed Minimum Benefit “GMIB” Feature

As a general rule, investment performance for the last ten years has generally been mediocre. This is true not only for most individual investors, but also for many institutional investors and insurance companies. From early 2000 through 2007, the insurance industry sold a significant amount of variable annuity contracts that included a guaranteed minimum income […]

December 18, 2012
Reps Fined and Suspended by FINRA

The following information is from FINRA’s website under “Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions, December, 2012.” Shari Robin Frimer (CRD #2503895, Registered Representative, Eastport, New York) and Thomas Joseph Heaphy Jr. (CRD #2540325, Registered Representative, Boynton Beach, Florida) submitted an Offer of Settlement in which Frimer was fined $32,407.50, which includes disgorgement of financial benefits of […]

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