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Financial Advisor Jerry Raines Has 12 Customer Complaints Relating To The Alleged Unlawful Sale Of The Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund

The Wolper Law Firm is currently investigating claims against Jerry Raines, a former Financial Advisor at HD Vest Investment Services in Kilgore, Texas.  Jerry Raines first entered the securities industry in 2004 and previously worked for Signal Securities and Woodmen Financial Services

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Jerry Raines has twelve (12) customer complaints relating to the alleged unlawful sale of the Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund.  The aggregate alleged damages from Jerry Raines’ alleged unlawful sale of these unregistered securities measures in the millions.

https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/4578689#disclosuresSection

For years, the Woodbridge Group of Companies, operated a ponzi scheme in which it sold (through outside financial professionals) promissory notes allegedly backed by mortgages.  The investment program turned out to be a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme and Woodbridge’s principal, Robert Shapiro is currently under criminal indictment.

According to the SEC’s complaint filed against Woodbridge, the Woodbridge business model was to borrow money from investors in exchange for promissory notes, maturing usually in 12 or 18 months. The notes had an annual interest rate of 5% to 8% payable monthly. The investors’ money was supposed to be issued to lenders in the form of securitized mortgages, but rarely was, according to the SEC.  Alan New is allegedly one of the outside financial professionals that sold the fraudulent notes to unsuspecting customers.

https://www.sec.gov/litigation/complaints/2017/comp-pr2017-235.pdf

In December 2016, Woodbridge declared bankruptcy.

Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives.  Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients.  To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.

If you or someone you know was a customer of Jerry Raines or invested in the Woodbridge Group of Companies or Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund and you experienced investment losses, please contact the Wolper Law Firm at 800.931.8452 or by email at mwolper@67.43.6.64 to discuss your specific situation and the legal options available.  The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration.

Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyers who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities.  Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters.  His industry insight, experience and knowledge gives his clients a competitive advantage.

Attorney Matthew Wolper

Attorney Matthew WolperMatt Wolper is a trial lawyer who focuses exclusively on securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Wolper has handled hundreds of securities matters nationwide before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), JAMS, and in state and federal court. Mr. Wolper has handled and tried cases involving complex financial products and strategies ranging from traditional stocks and bonds to options, margin and other securities-based lending products, closed/open-end mutual funds, structured products, hedge funds, and penny stocks. [Attorney Bio]