Source Capital Sold Interests in Blue Ridge Securities Without Adequate Disclosure

New Orleans Investment fraud attorneysVincent Christopher and Thomas Gilleland, of Source Capital Group’s Adams Street branch office in Bowling Green, Kentucky, fraudulently sold interests in Blue Ridge Investments and Argyle Securities, a FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) alleges. Christopher and Gilleland made material misrepresentations to their customers regarding the viability of both Blue Ridge and Argyle, the AWC reports.

Source’s Adams Street Branch Was Sole Seller of Blue Ridge; Source’s Wright Street Branch Was Sole Seller of Argyle

Blue Ridge and Argyle were located in the same building as the Adams Street branch office and were owned by Robert Burr, a major stockholder and former officer of both Blue Ridge and Argyle, the AWC reports. Kevin Cline, meanwhile, was the branch office manager for Source’s Bowling Green, Kentucky branch office on Adams Street, and from October 11, 2006 to December 17, 2012, Source, through Cline, sold or caused the sale of interests in Blue Ridge Securities without sufficiently disclosing that Blue Ridge provided funds to Cline that he used to pay brokers who sold Blue Ridge investments, in violation of FINRA rules, the AWC alleges.

Christopher and Gilleland Accused of Excessive Claims and Promises to Customers Via E-mail

Gilleland reportedly wrote to a potential customer in a December 3, 2009 e-mail that he had a rare opportunity to earn “a potential of 6-8 times your money” and further claiming investment returns of “25-30% annually right out of the gate.” Gilleland also drew upon sports metaphors, and in a November 2009 e-mail told investors that Argyle was a “slam dunk.” In the end, FINRA censured Source Capital Group, and fined them $100,000 in connection with the fraudulent sale of interests in Blue Ridge Investments and Argyle Securities by Vincent Christopher and Thomas Gilleland, the AWC notes.

Investment Fraud Lawyers Investigating

The Peiffer Rosca securities attorneys often represent investors who lose money as a result of Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, or stockbroker misconduct. They are currently investigating the possibility of assisting victims with the recovery of their losses. They take most cases of this type on a contingency fee basis and advance the case costs, and only get paid for their fees and costs out of money they recover for their clients.

Investors who believe they lost money as a result of investment fraud or misconduct may contact the securities lawyers at Peiffer Rosca, Alan Rosca or Joe Peiffer, for a free, no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options, at 888-998-0520.

Broker: Vincent Christopher

Status: INVESTIGATED by Peiffer Rosca.

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Broker: Thomas Gilleland

Status: INVESTIGATED by Peiffer Rosca.

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Alan Rosca (1225 Posts)

Alan is a securities lawyer. He also teaches Securities Regulation at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of securities and investment fraud. His office is in Cleveland, Ohio.


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