Variable Annuities: Why These Investments Often Lead to Losses

Variable annuity investments are complicated, and many financial advisors believe their complexities make them unsuitable for most investors. These investments are contracts with insurance companies that are set up similarly to mutual funds — they comprise a bundle of securities that will hopefully perform well enough to generate interest. When a variable annuity starts making…

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Update: Settled, Pending Investor Complaints Against Wells Fargo's William Paynter

Public records published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and accessed on December 18, 2018 indicate that Arizona-based Wells Fargo broker/adviser William Paynter has received resolved or pending customer disputes. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in hearing from investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Paynter (CRD# 2835535). William Paynter has spent 21 years in the…

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Wells Fargo Ordered to Pay $360,800 Award in FINRA Arbitration

Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and accessed on November 6, 2018 indicate that Wells Fargo Advisors has been ordered to pay an award totaling $360,800 to an investor as the result of a FINRA arbitration. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in hearing from investors who have complaints regarding Wells Fargo.…

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Simon Kopel Allegedly Unauthorized Excessive Trades

Public records published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and accessed on July 31, 2017 indicate that Florida-based Wells Fargo broker/adviser Simon Kopel has received several resolved or pending customer disputes. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in speaking to investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Kopel (CRD# 1497729). Simon Kopel has spent 31 years in…

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John Leonard Has Been Sanctioned by FINRA

Public records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on May 27, 2017 indicate that former Ohio-based Wells Fargo broker/adviser John Leonard has been sanctioned by FINRA and suspended from acting as a broker. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in speaking to investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Leonard (CRD# 2113842). John Leonard has spent…

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Wells Fargo Was Charged with "Defrauding Investors in a Municipal Bond Offering."

According to a press release published in March 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC, currently known as the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation) as well as Wells Fargo, its bond underwriter, with “defrauding investors in a municipal bond offering to finance startup video game company 38 Studios.”…

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Michael Tantleff: Received Three Customer Complaints

Publicly available records published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on March 22, 2017 indicate that former California-based Wells Fargo Clearing Services broker/adviser Michael Tantleff has been the subject of customer disputes and is currently not affiliated with any broker-dealer firm. Fitapelli Kurta is interested ins peaking to investors who have complaints regarding Mr.…

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Broker Joel Kassewitz: Four Customer Complaints

Public records pubished by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on February 17, 2017 indicate that former Florida-based Wells Fargo broker/adviser Joel Kassewitz has received several customer complaints and is currently not affiliated with any broker-dealer firm.  Fitapelli Kurta is interested in hearing from investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Kassewitz (CRD# 1292709). Joel Kassewitz…

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Jay Weiland: Two Customer Complaints

Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 31, 2017 indicate that former Wisconsin-based Wells Fargo Advisors broker/adviser Jay Weiland has been the subject of customer disputes and is currently not affiliated with any broker-dealer firm. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in speaking to investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Weiland…

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Customer Seeking $350,000 in Damages From Broker George Venizelos

Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on December 4, 2016 indicate that Connecticut-based Wells Fargo Advisors broker/adviser George Venizelos has been the subject of resolved or pending customer disputes. The securities and investment fraud law firm Fitapelli Kurta is interested in hearing from investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Venizelos…

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