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OneAmerica Financial Advisor Brantly Chavis Jr. Steals At Least $25,000 From Customer In Aliso Viejo

Posted on Nov 27th, 2015

A OneAmerica broker in Aliso Viejo, California, has been permanently barred from the brokerage industry for conduct that can only be described as shocking.

While working at OneAmerica, Brantly Chavis, Jr. set up another company, Aqua Green Industries, which purportedly cleaned industrial wastewater in an environmentally friendly way. This sounds great, but the only “green” Aqua Green seems to have mopped up is $118,000 from the account of an elderly OneAmerica customer.

Mr. Chavis convinced an 87 year old customer to invest $118,000 in AquaGreen, then used at least $25,000 of that money for his own personal use. According to a settlement agreement Mr. Chavis signed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), he used at least some of this money to pay his rent, his utility bill, lease payments for his car, and other personal expenses.


OneAmerica Is Fined $75,000 For Not Stopping Financial Advisor From Ripping Off Investors

Posted on May 18th, 2015

OneAmerica Securities, Inc. (“OneAmerica”), located in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been fined $75,000 for failing to detect unauthorized transfers of funds as well as unsuitable recommendations made to investors by a financial advisor. Matthew Davis (“Davis”), the financial advisor, has been barred from working in the securities industry as a result of his extreme misconduct.


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What does a Receivership Do? An Investor’s Guide to How Receivers Recover Investment Losses While (Hopefully) Avoiding Bankruptcy

Posted on Oct 4th, 2016

If you’re reading this article, there is a good chance you invested in or through an entity that is now in receivership, and you probably have a lot of questions! The purpose of this article is to give you a general overview of how receiverships work so you know what to expect. Every receivership is different, but every receivership goes through four overlapping stages: 1) stabilization; 2) investigation; 3) litigation; and 4) distribution.

These four stages all support the overarching goal of every receivership—the orderly winding down of a business in a manner that maximizes value for investors.

We will come back to these four stages in a minute, but first it is important to understand the background context that gives rise to a receivership.


Three Signs You Should Sue Your Financial Advisor For Negligence Or Malpractice

Posted on Dec 24th, 2015

Some investor claims are easy to see, such as when money is simply missing from an account or a financial advisor has been arrested for securities fraud. In other cases, a financial advisor has been negligent. The financial advisor did not commit fraud, but he did make mistakes that caused investment losses. These cases are more difficult for an investor to spot. Here are the three things we see in most of the investor claims we file against financial advisors for malpractice or negligence.


The One Reason Why Variable Annuities Are Almost Always A Bad Idea

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2015

Financial advisors love to sell variable annuities. The reason is simple—commissions of up to 8%. If a financial advisor can sell you a $200,000 variable annuity, that means commissions of up to $16,000. Not bad for a day’s work!

Unfortunately, commissions are just about the only thing that is simple about variable annuities.

The one reason why variable annuities are almost always a bad idea is that they are too complicated for ordinary investors (and normal people in general) to understand. Seriously, have you ever tried to read a variable annuity policy? Here is just one example from an actual policy. Try to stay awake through this, because there is a lot more you urgently need to know about variable annuities:


Can I “Sue” My Financial Advisor?

Posted on May 6th, 2015

If your financial advisor has caused investment losses, you may want to sue your financial advisor. For better or for worse, you may instead be forced out of court and into a FINRA arbitration. This post explains why securities litigation frequently ends up in FINRA arbitration, and what you can expect from the FINRA arbitration process.


How to Report Investment Fraud

Posted on May 5th, 2015

Without an investment fraud lawyer, you can easily spend hour filing investment fraud reports with federal, state, and local agencies. While doing so is often a good idea, the payout can be low.


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