Todd Seeholzer a representative for Allegis Investment Services in Logan, Utah recommended a risky options strategy that caused substantial losses on August 21, 2015. We presently represent several clients who were solicited by Todd Seeholzer to open accounts with Allegis Investment Services.

The securities attorneys at The Law Office of David Liebrader have opened an investigation into the securities related conduct of Todd Seeholzer, a licensed FINRA registered representative from Logan Utah who is affiliated with Allegis Investment Services.

Seeholzer presented Allegis’ clients with a complex options strategy despite not having the proper license to recommend options transactions.  The options strategy failed spectacularly on August 21, 2015, when the transaction at issue cost Allegis’ clients $39 million.  The net credit spread strategy that caused the losses was a high risk strategy suitable only for aggressive investors.

Madyson Capital Asset Freeze; Receiver Appointed

The securities attorneys at The Law Office of David Liebrader have opened an investigation into the securities related conduct of Madyson Capital Management after the firm and its founder Joseph Ryan were charged by the Colorado Securities Commissioner with engaging in securities fraud and misleading investors by using money raised to support Ryan’s extravagant lifestyle.

At a recent hearing the court appointed a Receiver to take control over all of Madyson Capital’s assets.  This followed on a prior order freezing the company’s assets.

Goldfield Oil Goldfield McKenzie 7 Drilling Fund sued in Clark County District Court.

The securities attorneys at The Law Office of David Liebrader have opened an investigation into the securities related conduct of the Las Vegas based company Goldfield Oil Goldfield Mckenzie 7 Drilling Fund.

The underlying matter concerns the solicitation by Goldfield to invest in their Goldfield McKenzie 7 Drilling Fund through the use of cold calling of prospective investors.

Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund of Sherman Oaks, California has been the subject of several regulatory actions concerning allegations that the firm used unlicensed individuals to sell unregistered securities.

On November 1, 2017 the SEC initiated a proceeding to obtain information from Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund of Sherman Oaks, California seeking to compel the firm to produce documents as part of an investigation into Woodbridge’s fund raising efforts

The SEC action concerns Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund’s conduct in raising over one billion dollars from investors, and whether the offerings were completed using unregistered securities.  The SEC contends that Woodbridge has delayed responding to its prior requests for production of documents and information, necessitating the filing of the action in the Southern District of Florida District Court.

Financial West Investment Group fined over private placement escrow accounts.

In June 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that Financial West Investment Group of Westlake, California, submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter, or AWC, regarding its participation in private placement offerings without the use of an escrow account. The firm was censured and fined $20,000.

FINRA’s allegations against Financial West Investment Group concerned the firm’s role in collecting and placing private placement securities without the use of an escrow account, which is a violation of industry rules. The AWC stated that the firm did not designate an account to receive the funds, and instead sent checks from the investors directly to the issuer. Such actions violate not only the firm’s Written Supervisory Procedures but also the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Coastal Equities fined $15,000.

In June 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that Coastal Equities Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter, or AWC, regarding its failure to supervise firm sales of non-traditional ETFs, or exchange-traded funds. The firm was censured and fined $15,000.

FINRA’s allegations against Coastal Equities Inc. concerned the firm’s lack of controls and oversight in the sale of multiple types of exchange-traded funds. ETFs are liquid, and are traded like stock on the exchange. Coastal Equities Inc. is supposed to have procedures in place to require that every new product offered and sold is understood by their brokers. According to FINRA, Coastal Equities failed to implement and enforce such written procedures.

Tom Brenner, a registered representative from Orrville, Ohio, formerly with First American Securities, Inc., was barred from FINRA membership as a result of an investigation into his connection to selling private investment offerings. Brenner entered into an acceptance, waiver and consent agreement with FINRA, in which he neither admitted nor denied the findings, and was barred.

In July 2017, Brenner agreed to the suspension and FINRA published its findings that Brenner sold multiple different private placements to his fellow Ohioans. FINRA also found that Brenner misled these customers by telling them they couldn’t contact the private placement sponsors to recover their investments. These sponsors were purported to have private and business relationships with Brenner.

Tom Brenner’s registration and disciplinary history

Roy Woehrman, a registered representative from Oceanside, California, with LPL Financial LLC, was censured and fined by FINRA as a result of an investigation into his sharing of commissions with an unregistered affiliate. Woehrman entered into an acceptance waiver and consent agreement with FINRA, in which he neither admitted nor denied the charges, but agreed to a fine of $12,500.

In July 2017, Woehrman agreed to the suspension and FINRA published its findings that he gave $38,500 in commissions to an unregistered partner who referred customers to Woehrman for investment transactions. These commissions were labeled as advertising funds, but FINRA found that Woehrman misled LPL Financial LLC when he submitted a compliance questionnaire in which he denied engaging in a referral deal.

Roy Woehrman’s registration and disciplinary history

Kim Dee Isaacson, a registered representative from Farmington, Utah, formerly with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., was barred from FINRA membership as a result of an investigation into his providing false and misleading information to a customer about his investment account, which is a violation of FINRA rules. Isaacson entered into an acceptance waiver and consent agreement with FINRA, in which he neither admitted nor denied the findings, but was still barred.

In June, 2017 Isaacson agreed to the sanction, and FINRA published its findings that Isaacson lied to a customer multiple times, telling him that his accounts had more money in them than they actually did. FINRA also found that Isaacson misled the customer further, claiming that he sold portions of securities and bonds from his account when he had not. The FINRA claim alleges that Isaacson knew that he was giving his customer misleading information, and never tried to correct himself or to let the customer know.

Kim Dee Isaacson’s registration and disciplinary history

North Carolina broker Jason Likens suspended.

Jason Likens, a registered representative from Asheville, North Carolina, formerly with International Assets Advisory, LLC, was suspended from FINRA membership as a result of an investigation into his borrowing money from customers without obtaining firm approval, which is a violation of LPL and FINRA rules. Likens entered into an acceptance waiver and consent agreement with FINRA in which he neither admitted nor denied the findings but agreed to a suspension of 15 months and a fine of $10,000.

In July 2017, Jason Likens agreed to the suspension and FINRA published its findings that he borrowed $23,500 from a customer, which he did not start paying back until after the agreed upon deadline had passed and multiple petitions were made. FINRA also found that Likens misled International Assets Advisory, LLC when he submitted a compliance questionnaire in which he denied engaging in any loan transactions.