- December 6, 2022
- Berthel Fisher & Co.
Joseph Weinbauer (CRD#: 2714070) is a dually registered Broker and Investment Advisor at Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. in St. Louis, MO.
He entered the securities industry in 1997 and previously worked for National Planning Corporation; American General Securities, Inc.; and Franklin Financial Services Corporation.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in May 2022, a customer dispute was filed against Joseph Weinbauer. The FINRA sanction states, “The claimant alleges the investment he purchased in 2014 was over-concentrated, unsuitable, and misrepresented to him by the representative. Additionally, the claimant alleges the firm failed to conduct due diligence of the investment and failed to supervise the activities of the representative.” The customer dispute is pending.
In addition, Joseph Weinbauer has been the subject of two customer complaints, including the following:
- July 2021 — “The clients claim pertain to investments purchased between 2014-2015 alleging negligent management, unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentations, and overconcentration of the investments, including various non-conventional investments and other claims (which were not specified).” The customer dispute was settled for $190,000.
- April 2018 — “The client, through his attorney, alleges that in 2010 the representative surrendered his variable annuity at a loss to purchase a non-traded investments from 2010-2014 that were unsuitable and misrepresented to him. The client also alleges his portfolio was over concentrated in non-traded investments. The client also alleges the firm failed to supervise the actions of the representative.” The customer dispute was settled for $14,900.
For a copy of Joseph Weinbauer’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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