Customer Disputes against Former Broker Brandon Curt Stimpson

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According to FINRA public records, former Logan, Utah based broker Brandon Curt Stimpson has eight disclosed customer disputes.  FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.) registers and regulates brokers and brokerage firms.

Customers filed the claims against Stimpson or his firm, Allegis Investment Advisors, between August 2015 and December 2017.  Customers alleged Stimpson engaged in misconduct that included recommending unsuitable investments, placing unauthorized trades, and breaching his fiduciary duty and Allegis failed to supervise him.

One claim settled for $35,000.  Allegis paid $30,000 of this settlement, according to FINRA records.

A customer brought another claim to an arbitration hearing where arbitrators awarded all his claimed losses of $270,452, plus $134,030 for pre- and post-judgement interest, attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees, and a filing fee.  Arbitrators found Stimpson and Allegis jointly liable, meaning the customer could collect the whole award from either Stimpson or Allegis.  InvestmentNews reported this claim involved Stimpson allegedly violating instructions to not invest more than 25% of a portfolio in put options.

Four claims were closed with no action or withdrawn.  However, two more claims are pending.  The pending disputes request damage amounts of $300,000 and $400,000.

Registration Status

Brandon Curt Stimpson was registered with Allegis Investment Services, LLC from May 2014 until December 2017.  On December 13, 2017, Allegis discharged Stimpson because he allegedly “failed to follow firm policies and code of ethics,” according to BrokerCheck.

Stimpson is not currently registered as a broker.  However, according to the SEC Adviser Info website, Stimpson is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative.  He currently works for ARS Investment Advisors, Inc.

Options to Recover Losses

Stimpson allegedly engaged in recommending unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading.  A broker or advisor, like Stimpson, must recommend only suitable investment products and strategies to their customers.  Suitability is based on factors such as a customer’s age, investment objective, risk tolerance, investment experience, and financial status and needs.  Additionally, brokers must obtain a customer’s permission before exercising discretion to place trades in their accounts.  Failure to do so is a violation called unauthorized trading.

Moreover, brokerage firms, like Allegis, must reasonably supervise their brokers to ensure they do not commit misconduct.  Customers may pursue claims against firms to recover losses caused by their brokers’ misconduct.

If you have questions about investments made with Brandon Stimpson, call Marquardt Law Office LLC at (312) 945-6065 or send the firm a message.  You will receive a free no obligation phone consultation with an attorney.

Marquardt Law Office LLC is a securities law firm that represents investors nationwide who have suffered losses due to misconduct such as fraud and negligence.

Information regarding Brandon Curt Stimpson was obtained from FINRA BrokerCheck records accessed on August 29, 2018.

Adam J. Marquardt

Adam Marquardt represents investors in securities litigation claims such as unsuitable investments, negligence, and fraud. He is dedicated to recovering financial losses for investors, primarily through FINRA arbitration. Adam’s background includes experience as a FINRA regulator, an accountant and auditor, and an attorney who recovered $8 million litigating cases involving fraudulent financial practices. Adam previously passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and is an attorney licensed in Illinois.

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