- October 20, 2023
- B. Riley Wealth Management
Viqas Akhtar (CRD#: 5624412) is a registered broker at B. Riley Wealth Management in Miami, FL.
Viqas Akhtar entered the securities industry in 2009 and he previously worked for National Securities Corporation; VFinance Investments, Inc.; and Rockwell Global Capital 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 2023, Viqas Akhtar was the subject of a customer dispute alleging, “unsuitable investments and excessive trading.” The damage amount requested was $5,000. The dispute is still pending.
In addition, Viqas Akhtar has been the subject of several other customer disputes, which include the following:
- March 2020—“ SUITABILITY.” The damage amount requested was $150,000. The customer dispute settled for $37,500.
- March 2020—“ SUITABILITY.” The damage amount requested was $85,000. The customer dispute settled for $37,500.
- October 2019—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADING.” The damage amount requested was $8,000. The customer dispute settled for $9,539.
- July 2015—“ FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, MISREPRESENTATION, UNAUTHORIZED TRADING.” The damage amount requested was $50,000. The customer dispute was closed-no action.
- March 2015—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADING, SUITABILITY.” The damage amount requested was $60,000. The customer dispute was closed-no action.
- October 2013—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADING.” The customer dispute was closed-no action.
- December 2011—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADING; SUITABILITY; FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.” The damage amount requested was $7,132. The customer dispute was closed-no action.
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