Articles Tagged with New York Stockbroker Misconduct Attorney

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Debra J. Ferrara, a non-registered associate employed by New York NY-based Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Morgan Stanley), submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which she consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that she falsely represented that she had verbally confirmed five wire transfers totaling $108,680 which turned out to be fraudulent requests from a customer’s hacked email account.

Debra Jean Ferrara, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, allegedly caused five fraudulent wire disbursements to be transferred from a customer’s account to a third-party bank.  According to FINRA, Ms. Ferrara, a client services associate with Morgan Stanley, was sent an email with a request for a wire transfer of $27,750 from the hacked account of a client to a third party account.  Ms. Ferrara completed the wire processing form stating falsely that she had verbally confirmed the transfer request when she had not.  FINRA found that two days following the first hacked account wire request, Ms. Ferrara received another email from the imposter from an email that looked similar, but was different.  The “m” in the email address had been changed to an “n” this time.  Again, Ms. Ferrara processed the wire transfer requests, falsely attesting to verbally confirming the request when she had not. Continue reading →

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Ali Radfar of New York, New York submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly participating in an undisclosed private securities transaction in violation of NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rule 2010. Radfar entered the securities industry in July 2006 and was associates with FINRA member firm UBS Securities, LLC (UBS) from August 2012 through March 2015.

From August through October 2014, Mr. Radfar, with the help of another UBS member, participated in an undisclosed private securities transaction. FINRA alleged Mr. Radfar and the other firm member pooled personal funds with those of 12 other individuals whose investment they solicited. FINRA found a collective total of $300,000 was invested in SMS, an application-based game company. This investment, a private securities transaction, was made through two outside investment vehicles that were also formed by Mr. Radfar and the UBS representative.

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Adam R. Tau, a former broker with the New York branch of Garden State Securities, Inc., submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to a customer which resulted in substantial losses in the customer’s account.

FINRA found that Adam Tau made recommendations to his customer that were unsuitable given his customer’s conservative investment objectives, risk tolerance, and limited assets and income. Mr. Tau recommended five purchases of common stock totaling approximately $204,000. During the relevant time period, the stock experienced several price declines which resulted in a loss of approximately $30,000. Additionally, FINRA found that Mr. Tau exercised discretion in his customer’s account by effecting ten trades without obtaining the necessary written authorization from his customer and neglecting to obtain the written acceptance of the account as discretionary by Garden State Securities. Continue reading →

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Michael Zheng of New York, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly converting funds of a J.P. Morgan Chase customer for his own personal use.

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A complaint against Demitrios Hallas of New York was filed by the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for alleged unsuitable investment recommendations. Hallas was associated with Chase Investment Services Corp. in 2007 as a General Securities Principal during the relevant period and has not been associated with a FINRA member since May 2014. According to a Form U-5 filed by Chase Investment Services, Hallas was terminated in 2012 for “job performance, including customer complaints alleging unauthorized trades and failure to disclose fee.”

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