- April 19, 2022
- Dominion Portfolio Management Inc.
Lance Walston (CRD#: 4440958) is a previously registered Investment Advisor and registered Broker at Dominion Investor Services, Inc. in San Antonio, TX.
He entered the securities industry in 2001 and previously worked for Dominion Portfolio Management Inc.; LPL Financial LLC; Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.; and Edward Jones.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in March 2021, a customer dispute filed against Lance Walston was settled for $150,000. The allegation stated, “Losses in accounts from September, 2018 to December, 2018.”
In addition, Lance Walston has been the subject of five customer complaints, including the following:
- March 2020 — “The Investment Advisor Representative strayed from the client’s objectives which resulted in losses in the accounts. Activity dates were September 2018 to October, 2019.” The customer dispute was settled for $188,000.
- November 2019 — “Deviated from the client’s stated objectives in the fall of 2018.” The customer dispute was settled for $40,009.42.
- November 2019 — “Deviated from the client’s stated objectives in the fall of 2018.” The customer dispute was settled for $82,190.82.
- November 2014 — “BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY, NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, FRAUD, MISREPRESENTATION, FAILURE TO SUPERVISE, NEGLIGENT HIRING AND VIOLATIONS OF THE CONDUCT RULES OF FINRA.” The customer dispute was settled for $11,500.
- February 2011 — “CLIENT ALLEGES THAT REPRESENTATIVE MISHANDLED HER IRA ACCOUNT FROM NOVEMBER 2009 THROUGH AUGUST 11, 2010. CLIENT ALLEGES THAT REPRESENTATIVE MISREPRESENTED INVESTMENTS AND CHURNED HER ACCOUNTS, AND DID NOT INVOLVE HER IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESS WHEN CHANGING HER INVESTMENTS. CLIENT ALLEGES THAT HER ACCOUNTS LOST APPROXIMATELY $223,286.41 BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2009 AND AUGUST 11, 2010. REPRESENTATIVE DENIES ALL ALLEGATIONS AND MAINTAINS THAT ALL INVESTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE MANAGEMENT OF CLIENT’S ADVISORY ACCOUNT WERE SUITABLE AND APPROPRIATE GIVEN THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION, INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES, RISK TOLERANCE AND INVESTMENT TIME HORIZON INFORMATION THAT CLIENT MADE KNOWN TO REPRESENTATIVE. REPRESENTATIVE FURTHER MAINTAINS THAT HE PROVIDED COMPLETE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION TO CUSTOMER IN CONNECTION WITH ALL INVESTMENTS AT ALL TIMES RELEVANT AND ON AN ONGOING BASIS, THAT ALL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AND GUIDANCE WAS INTENDED TO PROVIDE CUSTOMER WITH A WELL-POSITIONED INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO OVER TIME, AND THAT CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGED, UNDERSTOOD, ACCEPTED AND RATIFIED ALL INVESTMENT ALLOCATIONS AND ACTIVITY. LAST, REPRESENTATIVE DENIES CLIENT’S ALLEGATIONS REGARDING THE AMOUNT THAT HER INVESTMENT DECLINED IN VALUE DURING THE RELEVANT TIME PERIOD.” The customer dispute was denied.
For a copy of Lance Walston’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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