James R. Glover Barred by SEC Over Colonial Tidewater Sales

On August 25, 2015 the Securities and Exchange announced that James R. Glover, a former registered representative with Signator Investors, Inc. submitted an Offer of Settlement which the SEC accepted. Solely for the purpose of the SEC’s proceedings and without admitting or denying the findings herein, James R. Glover agreed to the findings that he engaged in a fraudulent offering scheme and investment advisory fraud.

The complaint alleged that from approximately January 1999 through May 2012, Glover raised over $13,000,000 from over 100 customers by soliciting them to invest in Colonial Tidewater. The complaint alleged that Glover solicited investments in Colonial Tidewater through materially false and misleading statements regarding the financial health of Colonial Tidewater, the expected returns and risk of investing, and his personal financial stake in the unregistered offerings.

The complaint further alleged that Glover misappropriated substantial sums from investors.

James R. Glover’s registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, one must either be registered or exempt from registration.

James R. Glover was registered with:

05/1998 – 05/2012
11/1991 – 05/1998
03/1996 – 12/1997
01/1996 – 03/1996
G. R. PHELPS & CO., INC. (CRD# 173)
09/1984 – 02/1993
G. R. PHELPS & CO., INC. (CRD# 173)

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, James R. Glover has been the subject of dozens of customer complaints and several regulatory investigations.

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Investors pursuing claims at FINRA typically advance claims related to suitability. FINRA rules require that all registered representatives make suitable investment recommendations to their clients. Other claims are based on negligence or breach of fiduciary duty, while another category includes claims based on misrepresentations and fraud. Most claims filed with FINRA are resolved within 15 months, and oftentimes, the cases are resolved via settlement or mediation in under a year.

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