A Minneapolis broker-dealer named Fintegra filed for bankruptcy protection after it was found liable for $1.5 million in damages by a FINRA arbitration panel. The arbitration panel made the damage award based upon its findings of unsuitable investment sales and lack of proper supervision. The investment at issue is called Miasole Investments II. Fintegra employs approximately 140 financial advisors.
A retired couple received a $2.5 million award in a UBS Puerto Rico bond case. The retired couple claimed that their funds were improperly concentrated in the proprietary closed-end Puerto Rican bond funds. In 2013, the bonds began to lose their value, which resulted in a $2.1 million loss for the couple. The retired couple's broker, Joseph Ramirez, Jr., is the subject of multiple customer complaints and exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called to testify at the arbitration.
Joseph Zada, a former financial advisor, was convicted of fifteen counts of fraud after allegedly swindling millions from twenty-eight investors. One of Zada's most notable clients was former NHL Red Wing player, Sergei Fedorov. Over an 11 year period, Zada allegedly embezzled $43 million from Fedorov. In 2009, Fedorov filed suit against Zada and ended up with a $60 million award. The award was never paid back to Fedorov. Sentencing for Zada will take place on November 20, 2015 and he faces a maximum 300 year prison sentence.