David Kennon Has Three Customer Complaints Alleging Investment Loss
David Kennon (CRD#: 4459476) is an investment adviser and previously registered stockbroker.
David Kennon entered the securities industry in 2001 and previously worked for First Allied Securities, Inc.; Woodbury Financial Services, Inc.; and AXA Advisors, LLC.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in July 2021, a customer complaint was filed against David Kennon. The allegation states, “Claimant alleges their registered representative recommended unsuitable investments. Claimant generally alleges unsuitability, due diligence, breach of contract, and fraud.” Damages of $100,000.01 are requested, and the customer dispute is pending.
In addition, David Kennon has been the subject of two customer complaints, including one that remains pending, including the following:
- July 2021 – “Claimant alleges unsuitability, overconcentration, negligence, misrepresentations, failure to supervise, and, breach of contract.” Damages of $250,000 are requested. The customer dispute is pending.
- April 2018 – “Claimant alleges that her advisor recommended that unsuitable investments in “risky” and “speculative” investments. Claimant alleges negligence, misrepresentation, failure to supervise, and breaches of duty and contract.” The customer dispute was settled for $24,000.
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