- July 18, 2022
- Kalos Capital
Andrew Topka (CRD#: 5070107) was a dually registered Broker and Investment Advisor.
He entered the securities industry in 2006 and previously worked for Kalos Capital, Inc.; Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.; and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in February 2022, a customer dispute was filed against Andrew Topka. The allegation states, “Sale of unsuitable securities, omission of material fact, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise.” Damages of $297,500 are requested.
In addition, Andrew Topka has been the subject of five other customer complaints, including the following:
- December 2020 — “Breach of fiduciary duty, suitability, overconcentration in alternative investments, failure to supervise.” The customer dispute was settled for $152,923.
- May 2020 — “Failed to conduct reasonable due diligence and recommended unsuitable securities, specifically, GPB Capital Holdings.” The customer dispute was settled for $45,128.
- April 2020 — “Advised my client that GPB was a solid and secure investment that would provide him with steady income. Mr. Topka raved about the future of GPB and its growth potential. We believe strongly that the lack of transparency and SEC investigations are indicative that this investment is all but worthless to current investors.” The customer dispute was settled for $14,500.
- September 2014 — “THE CLIENT ALLEGES THAT 3 OF HER 15 INVESTMENTS HAVE UNDERPERFORMED AND THAT THEY WERE RISKY AND NOT SUITABLE. THE CLIENT IS INQUIRING AS TO THEIR CURRENT STATUS.” The customer dispute was closed with no action.
- October 2013 — “CLIENT WAS DISSATISFIED BECAUSE INVESTMENTS DID NOT PERFORM AS EXPECTED.” The customer dispute was settled for $52,000.
For a copy of Andrew Topka’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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