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Complaint Filed Against Former Arete Wealth Management Representative for Misrepresenting Debentures

A complaint filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) against Jonathan Jay Greenfield of West Hills, California alleges the former representative of Arete Wealth Management (AWM) made fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions through emails with clients regarding features of renewable secured debentures. FINRA alleges that during the period of March 2012 to October 2012, Mr. Greenfield made material and sometimes intentional misrepresentations to three customers regarding connections with their purchases of GWG Renewable Secured Debentures.

According to FINRA, Mr. Greenfield made similar misrepresentations to more than fifty other clients who did not end up buying the debentures during this period. In addition, FINRA alleges that between September 2012 and November 2012, Mr. Greenfield “provided twelve customers with GWG sales literature that stated GWG was secured by life insurance policies owned by GWG.” However, the debentures were not secured by insurance policies. These alleged misrepresentations and omissions are violations of NASD Rule 2210 and FINRA Rule 2010. FINRA’s enforcement department has requested sanctions to be imposed and for further findings into which Mr. Greenfield willfully violated the Exchange Act.

Stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other financial industry professionals have been known to engage in many types of misconduct which violate industry rules and procedures. In order to protect investors from such misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. The implementation of the rules requires supervisors to monitor employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker dealers and their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be held liable to investment account holders for losses flowing from the employees’ misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses stemming from misrepresented investments, material omissions, or other misconduct by their broker or registered representative can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker dealers like Arete Wealth Management, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent broker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Arete Wealth Management account due to Jonathan Greenfield or another registered representative or stockbroker’s misconduct? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against financial professionals for fraudulently misrepresenting investments, material omissions, and/or other stock broker misconduct.

The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed! This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities, and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, send Mr. Pearce an email at pearce@rwpearce.com, and/or visit our website at www.secatty.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.