FINRA charges VFG Securities and Jason VanClef in Department of Enforcement complaint
In a complaint filed by the FINRA Department of Enforcement on February 9, 2016 VFG Securities of Culver City, CA and its principal owner Jason VanClef were charged with providing customers with misleading sales literature, including spreadsheets that contained false, exaggerated, unwarranted or misleading statements. The FINRA complaint can be viewed here.
FINRA charged VFG and Jason VanClef with using a book VanClef wrote and published himself, called The Wealth Code; How the Rich Stay Rich in Good Times and Bad as a means to generate sales of direct participation programs and non-traded REITs. According to the complaint VanClef used the book to bolster his sales presentations, which claimed that non traded REITs and DPPs provided safety and high returns, claims that FINRA alleges were misleading, and contradicted by the language in the prospectuses for the investments. Approximately 95% of VFG’s revenue came from the sale of DPPs and non-traded REITs.
FINRA alleges that VFG and VanClef violated FINRA rules, and seeks monetary penalties and remedial action by the firm.
The claim filed by FINRA is not final, and until the allegations have been proven in a court of law, no adverse inferences should be drawn.
VFG Securities registration and disciplinary history
In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, one must either be registered or exempt from registration. VFG Securities is a New York corporation, formed in 1984, and it is registered with the FINRA, the SEC and in 33 states and territories.
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, VFG Securities has been the subject of two regulatory investigations.
Jason VanClef, the CEO of VFG has been with the firm since 2009 and in nine years in the securities industry he has been the subject of six customer disputes and one pending regulatory investigation.
Van Clef’s CRD from broker check can be viewed here.
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