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National Realty Investment Advisors (NRIA) Ponzi Scheme

The president and a top officer of a real estate investment company were charged for their roles in a scheme to defraud more than 2,000 investors in a $650 million Ponzi scheme, and with conspiring to evade $26 million in tax liabilities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Thomas Nicholas Salzano, aka “Nicholas Salzano,” 64, of […]

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Risks of Over-Concentrated Securities Portfolio

An over-concentrated securities account is one where a significant portion of the portfolio is invested in a single security or a small group of securities. This can lead to a number of problems, such as: Increased Risk: Investing a large portion of one’s portfolio in a single security or a small group of securities increases […]

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FINRA Suspends Broker Efrain Trujillo After Borrowing Money From Customers

Efrain Trujillo (CRD# 3106482) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Western International Securities, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA. His previous employers were Financial West Group and SRM Securities, Incorporated. Trujillo was in the securities industry since 1998. Trujillo has three FINRA actions in his CRD. The most recent […]

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FINRA Fines Wedbush Securities $850,000 Over Misleading Customer Statements

FINRA fines Wedbush Securities for misrepresentations regarding payments on certain bonds and for failing to deliver required disclosures to thousands of the firm’s customers. The Los Angeles-based wealth management, brokerage and clearing firm, which has 540 registered individuals in 40 branches nationwide, agreed to pay the fines and be subject to censure without admitting or […]

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SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Former President of Wilmington Trust

On November 2, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered a final consent judgment against Robert V.A. Harra, Jr., the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Wilmington Trust. The SEC charged Harra and three other defendants in 2015 with fraud for their roles in Wilmington Trust’s making of false or misleading […]

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