Did James Johnson Cause You Investment Losses?
James Johnson, a former broker at the Waltham Massachusetts-based Commonwealth Financial Network, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to FINRA for negligent misrepresentations and omissions regarding a securities investment. FINRA found that James Michael Johnson discussed with his member firm customers a purchase of a 10% interest in West Virginia Farm Properties, LLC, a company formed to develop rural land into a residential neighborhood in West Virginia. Mr. Johnson misrepresented to the customers that all development costs had been covered; that the infrastructure for building the homes was already in place; that the houses were ready to be built on the property; and that the customers’ investment would allow the company to begin building homes immediately. Further, FINRA found that Mr. Johnson gave the customers written materials, including a brochure, upon which he had handwritten “$5 to $9 million” to indicate the expected profit to the customers. Additionally, Mr. Johnson allegedly provided the customers another handwritten note stating that the company would have an immediate profit of $20 million, of which their portion would be $2 million, within three years. According to FINRA, Mr. Johnson also omitted material facts which he was aware of regarding the investment. He omitted the fact that the company had sold the same interest to other investors for substantially less; that one of the company’s original investors had been indicted on Ponzi scheme charges; and that the company had $8.3 million in outstanding debt from two loans. Due to the above-described prohibited conduct, FINRA assessed Mr. Johnson a deferred fine of $50,000 and suspended him from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years.
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Massachusetts has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices. With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to make misrepresentations about investing in securities (stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, REITs, Junk Bonds, Hedge Funds, Structured Products, etc.) they are selling, the strategies they are recommending (margin, short selling, option) and to engage in many other kinds of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and Massachusetts securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and stock brokerage firms policies and procedures.
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