Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC (“Janney Montgomery Scott”) (CRD# 463) has many different complaints filed by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), state regulatory organizations, and investors such as yourself. At the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, we have investigated Janney Montgomery Scott, its regulatory and customer complaints, and have also represented investors with claims of fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty against this organization and its financial advisors.
If you believe you have a claim against Janney Montgomery Scott, you should strongly consider hiring an investment fraud lawyer. You should not wait until it’s too late to file a claim. The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., offers free consultations. Give us a call at 800-732-2889. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Can I Sue Janney Montgomery Scott?
If you’ve lost money caused by Janney Montgomery Scott and/or its employees’ misconduct then the answer is, YES, you can sue Janney Montgomery Scott but the odds are you signed away your right to sue in court and agreed to resolve your dispute in a FINRA arbitration proceeding. Attorney Robert Wayne Pearce has over 40 years of personal experience in FINRA arbitration proceedings and knows very well how you can not only sue Janney Montgomery Scott in FINRA arbitration proceedings, but WIN that arbitration. The easiest way to know if you have a viable case against Janney Montgomery Scott is to call Attorney Pearce at our office at 800-732-2889.
What is Janney Montgomery Scott?
Janney Montgomery Scott (CRD# 463) is a registered broker-dealer. It operates as a full-service independent broker-dealer, providing a range of financial products and services to individual investors and financial advisors.
As a registered broker-dealer, Janney Montgomery Scott is subject to regulations and oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). It is required to comply with industry standards and regulations to ensure the protection of its clients’ interests.
A failure to comply with industry standards by either its brokers or the firm itself can result in disciplinary actions, fines, or other penalties imposed by regulatory authorities.
Janney Montgomery Scott Has Many Different Regulatory Problems
Janney Montgomery Scott’ rapid growth has not been without consequences. There have been approximately 53 state and self-regulatory body disclosure events; that is, final and formal proceedings initiated by a regulatory authority (e.g., a state or federal securities agency like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or self-regulatory body like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for a violation(s) of investment-related rules or regulations. In addition, there have been hundreds of customer complaints filed against Janney Montgomery Scott for misconduct by its securities sales and investment advisory representatives that are not reported by the firm on its Central Depository Record.
We have reported and written about these regulatory problems and customer complaints over many years. Janney Montgomery Scott is a repeat offender: there are over 53FINRA-reported disciplinary proceedings citing the firm with one form of supervisory lapses or another.
A Brief Overview of Some of the Regulatory Problems Janney Montgomery Scott Has Faced Over the Years*
Janney Montgomery Scott has been repeatedly censured, warned, and fined multi-millions of dollars for its own misconduct and failure to supervise its army of financial advisors.* A few of the notable FINRA Sanctions for its Supervisory Failures are below:
Janney Montgomery Scott Fined $1.2M for Market Timing Violations
Brief Overview: In 2005, FINRA fined Janney Montgomery Scott $1.2 million for improper market timing and related violations. The firm allowed hedge fund customers to evade mutual fund companies’ restrictions on market timing transactions, resulting in approximately $1 million in profits for the hedge funds. Janney Montgomery Scott was aware of the market timing activities but failed to establish adequate supervision to prevent deceptive practices. Kenneth Rosato, the former branch manager, was suspended for one year and fined $370,000, while Linda Rosato, the former branch operations manager, was barred for refusing to testify in FINRA’s investigation.
Janney Montgomery Scott Fined $2.5M for Away-from-market Stock Loan Transactions
Brief Overview: In 2007, NYSE Regulation fined Janney Montgomery Scott LLC $2.5 million for engaging in away-from-market stock loan transactions and making payments to finders who provided no legitimate business function. The stock loan department diverted portions of the “spread” to other firms and purported finders, depriving the original lender of proceeds. The firm paid approximately $1.4 million to finders without written agreements or evidence of services rendered. Janney Montgomery Scott failed to reasonably supervise its stock loan department and settled the matter by recording telephone conversations and retaining the recordings for one year.
Auction Rate Securities
Brief Overview: In 2009, FINRA entered into final settlements with four firms, including Janney Montgomery Scott, to settle charges relating to the sale of Auction Rate Securities (ARS) that became illiquid when auctions froze in February 2008. Janney Montgomery Scott was fined $200,000 and agreed to initiate or complete offers to repurchase auction rate securities sold to customers where the auctions for the securities had failed.
*Above are only some of the regulatory disciplinary actions filed against Janney Montgomery Scott by FINRA. NASSA and other state securities regulator investigations and enforcement actions account for another 53 BrokerCheck disclosures.
Janney Montgomery Scott Customer Complaints
There have been scores of customer complaints filed against Janney Montgomery Scott stockbrokers and investment advisors over the years. We have launched many investigations of current and former Janney Montgomery Scott advisors:
- Andrew Vitek of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC
- William Davis of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Steven Dolgin of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Alexander Altman of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Timothy Daly of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Apostolos Pitsironis of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Ryan Hamilton of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Logan Reed of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Bernie Townes Of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Michael Blankenship of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Christopher Willett Of Janney Montgomery Scott
- James Pettit of Ameriprise Financial Services
- Jeffrey Kemp of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Scott Karpiak of Janney Montgomery Scott
- James Lebaron of Stifel Nicolaus & Company
- William Moore of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Michael O’Flaherty of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Donald Strangfeld of Janney Montgomery Scott
- Christopher Sinkula formerly with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Gary Begnaud of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Gregory Dudzik of RBC Capital Markets, LLC
- Harold Gross, Jr. of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- John Cahill formerly with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Joseph Waterloo of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Kirk Pickell of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Laurence Braunstein formerly with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Martin Lutschaunig of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Peter Higgins of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Scott Kaminsky of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Tracey Schusterman of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Michael Coraggio of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
- Kevin Curry of Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc.
If you have lost money investing with any of these Janney Montgomery Scott advisors or others within this brokerage firm, it’s important that you reach out to an investment loss attorney quickly because the statutes of limitations can bar your claims. Call us at 800-732-2889.
Why Does Janney Montgomery Scott Have So Many Regulatory Problems And Customer Complaints?
Independent broker-dealers are notorious for their lax supervisory practices and procedures. The business model of these franchise type operations is to open many offices nationwide for steady growth of fixed monthly revenues without the costs attendant to a full-service branch office with on-site manager, compliance officer and operation personnel. The registered representatives of these independent broker-dealers generally operate as separately incorporated businesses. They are not employees of the broker-dealer and therefore not controlled in the same manner as full-service brokerage firm representatives. The registered representatives control their structure and costs to maximize profits and often leave the protection of investors’ rights and interests as their lowest priority.
The typical supervisory organization of independent broker-dealer operations is to have other independent contractors operate Offices of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJs) to monitor the registered representatives from geographically remote offices and then report to the main franchisor’s compliance office at national headquarters. The supervisors at the OSJs are not employees of the franchisor and often run their own brokerage, insurance and other businesses. They are not devoted full-time supervisors of the smaller branch offices. Consequently, OSJ managers cannot and do not supervise the day-to-day operations of the registered representatives of these Independent broker-dealers.
Generally, there is no immediate review of new accounts opened, securities transactions, business records, cash or securities receipts and deliveries, correspondence and business activities unrelated to the securities brokerage operation at these independent brokerage firms. The lax supervision leaves investors who have transferred their accounts to the smaller independent broker-dealer vulnerable to sales of securities that have not been reviewed or authorized by anyone other than the sales representative earning a commission. There may be no one onsite to detect forgeries of clients’ signatures on documents, the placement of inaccurate information about a client’s investment objectives and financial condition to document the suitability of a particular investment recommendation. Oftentimes there is no daily review of sales literature and client correspondence to protect against misrepresentations and misleading statements being made to investors. In fact, it is not unusual for there to be only one compliance audit visit per year at many of these offices.
These Independent brokerage business operations are worrisome to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which has documented more instances of sales abuse and consequently investor losses at these firms than the traditional brokerage firms with branch offices with on-site managers and compliance personnel.
Did Janney Montgomery Scott Advisor Misconduct Cause You Investment Losses?
When financial advisor misconduct has caused you to lose substantial value to your investment accounts, you have the right to seek reimbursement from the responsible parties. Janney Montgomery Scott is responsible like any employer for its financial advisors acts and omissions. In addition, it has an independent duty to supervise its stockbrokers and investment advisors. These cases can be extremely complex, and so having the support of a reputable attorney who is experienced in recovering investment losses for investors is key to your success. Many customers make the mistake of contacting Janney Montgomery Scott without representation with an attorney about their complaints and have their complaints denied.
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Consult With An Attorney Who Recovers Investment Losses Caused By Janney Montgomery Scott Today!
The investment loss attorneys at The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., have helped countless investors over the last 40 years recover the losses from their investment accounts that were caused by broker negligence or misconduct. The firm has extensive experience with Janney Montgomery Scott cases, and Attorney Pearce is committed to seeing that those responsible for the losses you have suffered are held fully accountable.
Give us a call at 800-732-2889. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.