- December 10, 2023
- Newbridge Securities
Ivan Gefen (CRD#: 1229418) is a registered broker and investment advisor at NewBridge Securities Corporation in Boca Raton, FL.
Ivan Gefen entered the securities industry in 1984, and previously worked for First Miami Securities, Inc; Prudential Securities Incorporated; VFinance Investments, Inc; National Securities Corporation; National Asset Management, Inc.; and Morgan Stanley.
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 2023, Ivan Gefen became the subject of a customer dispute alleging, “Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligence, Fraud, Breach of Contract, and Violation of Regulation BI.” The damage amount requested is $1,200,000 and the customer dispute is still pending.
In addition, Ivan Gefen has been the subject of several other disclosures, including the following:
- March 2019—“ Bankruptcy.” The financial disclosure was discharged.
- July 2017—“ Claimant alleged unsuitability, inter alia, with respect to investments- February 2013 to February 2016.” The customer dispute settled for $295,000.
- March 2015—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADE.” The customer dispute was settled for $10,000.
- March 2009—“ UNSUITABLE INVESTMENTS.” The customer dispute was denied.
- March 2008 – “ CUSTOMER ALLEGED FRAUD AND BROKER MATERIALLY OVERSTATED PERFORMANCE RETURNS. FROM 05/06/2004-02/27/2008.” The customer dispute was denied.
- February 2008—“ UNAUTHORIZED TRADING; CHURNING.” The customer dispute was denied.
- April 2000—“ THE CLIENT IS ALLEGING THAT AN INVESTMENT IN THE PUTNAM HIGH INCOME GOVERNMENT TRUST MADE 15 YEARS AGO WAS UNSUITABLE. ADDITIONAL ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE FRAUD, NEGLIGENCE AND BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY. IT APPEARS THAT THE ISSUE IS REALLY ONE OF THE CLIENT’S UNHAPPINESS WITH THE MARKET PERFORMANCE OF HER INVESTMENT. I DID NOT SERVICE ANY BROKERAGE ACCOUNT WITH THIS CLIENT SINCE 1986.” The customer dispute was closed-no action.
- September 1998—“ PSE RECEIVED A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF CLAIM IN WHICH CLIENTS ALLEGED EXCESSIVE AND UNSUITABLE TRADING. ALLEGED “STATUTORY DAMAGES OF $835,000 AND COMPENSATORY DAMAGES OF $601,983.” The customer dispute settled for $400,100.
- April 1991—“ ALLEGED LOSSES OF $270,000.00 ARISING FROM ALLEGED FAILURE TO EXECUTE TRANSACTIONS. THE FIRM DENIED THAT THE CLIENT EVER ATTEMPTED TO PLACE THE ALLEGED ORDERS.” The customer dispute was settled for $28,750.
- April 1991—“ Allegations not provided.” The customer dispute settled for $14,250.
- November 1990—“ CLIENT ALLEGES MISREPRESENTATION UNSUITABLE EQUITIES BONDS AND LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS PURCHASED WITH ALLEGED DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF 280,000.” The damage amount requested was $200,000, and the dispute was settled for $158,000.
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