Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) records indicate that Douglas P. Simanski (Simanski), a former stockbroker who was associated with NEXT Financial Group, has been permanently barred from the brokerage industry.  Simanski’s record also shows 4 currently pending customer disputes, 1 prior final customer dispute and a recent employment separation after allegations.

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FINRA is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms.  In response to FINRA charges, Simanski, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to a permanent bar from the securities industry and entry of findings that he failed to provide documents and information related to an investigation into allegations related to the conversion of funds.

Four customers of NEXT Financial have also filed arbitration claims involving Simanski, alleging sales of high risk investments, loans to customers, sale of unregistered securities and sale of fictitious investments as part of a scheme to steal money from a customer.

Simanski was registered with NEXT Financial Group from August 1999 through June 2016.

If you believe you may have been the victim of misconduct by Simanski or another stockbroker or financial advisor,  and suffered significant losses are a result, you may be able to recover your losses in FINRA arbitration or in a lawsuit. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 (toll free call) or newcases@investorlawyers.net for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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Platinum Partners LP Funds are under scrutiny after federal agents reportedly raided the funds’ New York offices in July 2016.  Hedge fund entities sponsored by Platinum Partners include the Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Funds, the Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Fund, Platinum Credit Holdings LLC, Platinum Credit Management LP, Platinum Partners Value Corp., and Platinum Management (NY) LLC.

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In June, the New York-based hedge fund manager reportedly began liquidating its funds, after the firm’s longtime associate Murray Huberfeld (Huberfeld) was accused of arranging for a $60,000 bribe and kickback, in a Salvatore Ferragamo bag, to Norman Seabrook, President of the New York correctional officers’ union.  Seabrook allegedly directed $20 million in union investments into the Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund. Seabrook has denied that he is guilty of any charges.

Later, Cayman Islands Judge ­Andrew Jones reportedly ordered that a new advisor take control of the international arm of Platinum’s flagship fund, which is based in the Caymans, after an investor claimed he has not been able to gain access to his money since 2015.

If improper activity by Platinum Partners is proven, brokers and advisors who sold and recommended the Platinum Funds to investors may possibly be liable.   If you were advised to invest in Platinum Partners funds by broker or investment adviser, and suffered significant losses are a result, you may be able to recover your losses in FINRA arbitration or in a lawsuit. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or newcases@investorlawyers.net for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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FINRA Fines Investors Capital Over Unit Investment Trust Sales

October 13, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently fined Investors Capital Corporation $250,000 over the sale of unit investment trusts (UITs).  Investors Capital did not admit or deny the allegations leading to the fine, but also agreed to pay $841,500 in restitution to customers, bringing its total payment to over $1 million. FINRA alleged that certain […]

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FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch Over Sales of Strategic Return Notes

October 6, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. $5 million for alleged negligent disclosure failures in connection with the sale of five-year senior debt notes to retail customers. In particular, Merrill Lynch allegedly failed to adequately disclose certain costs, making it appear that the fixed costs were lower than they […]

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SEC Fines UBS Over Sales of Reverse Convertible Notes

October 6, 2016

  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC) has reached an agreement with UBS under which UBS will pay more than $15 million to settle claims arising out of its sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of reverse converible notes to customers. According to the SEC, UBS sold about $548 million dollars of “reverse […]

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FINRA Fines Investors Capital for Alleged Unsuitable UIT Sales

October 6, 2016

  Investors Capital will pay $1.1 million in fines and restitution over the sale of unit investment trusts (UITs) to resolve an investigation by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA).  FINRA alleges that certain Investors Capital brokers recommended unsuitable short-term trading of UITs and other complex financial products known as steepener notes in accounts […]

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Former InterSecurities Broker Harry Hammond Suspended For Unapproved PIPE Transactions

February 19, 2016

According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), former InterSecurities, Inc (InterSecurities), now known as Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (Transamerica), broker Harry Hammond (Hammond) was suspended from the securities industry for 12 months for allegedly referring 24 clients to invest with Nutmeg Group, LLC (Nutmeg) a firm specializing in Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) […]

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36 Oil and Gas Companies Filed For Bankruptcy In 2015

February 19, 2016

Law Office of Christopher J. Gray wishes to alert investors to the possibility that recommendations of oil and gas investments by broker-dealers may be unsuitable, depending on the individual characteristics of investors and whether the broker had a reasonable basis for the recommendation. According to a Wall Street Journal article, there have been a total […]

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Customer Complaints Made Against Broker Robyn H. Lee Regarding TICs

February 19, 2016

According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), former Independent Financial Group (Independent), broker Robyn H. Lee (Lee) has had at least thirteen (13) customer complaints made against him, mostly involving sales of tenants in common (TICs). Customer complaintsreportedly included unsuitable investment recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentations and fraud. Lee has been registered with […]

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Massachusetts State Authorities Investigate Realty Capital Securities (RCS)

February 19, 2016

According to Investment News, William Galvin, The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, has charged Boston-based Realty Capital Securities (RCS) with proxy vote fraud. The investigation also included independent broker dealers who sold RCS alternative investments to customers. Proxy voting is a form of voting where members of the decision making body delegate their voting power […]

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