Erez Law is currently investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC financial advisor Jeffrey Mischel (CRD# 1374486) regarding customer complaints alleging misrepresentations related to Puerto Rico municipal bond purchases. Mischel has been registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC in Carlsbad, California since 2010.
Mischel has been the subject of three customer complaints between 2008 and 2017, all of which were denied, according to his CRD report. The most recent dispute requested $430,000 in damages alleging, “Clients alleged they were not advised there were different classes of Puerto Rico bonds available at the time they purchased the bonds. (11/14/2012-1/9/2013).”
Puerto Rico suffers from long-term financial and economic deficiencies that rendered its credit increasingly more speculative. The deterioration of Puerto Rico’s financial condition culminated in its debt being downgraded to junk status or speculative (below investment grade). For the past several years, Puerto Rico has been struggling with compounding debt and economic decline. As a result, the value of Puerto Rico’s municipal tax-free bonds has considerably fallen. Since September 2013, when the steep decline in Puerto Rico bond values began, investors holding these bonds have suffered massive losses. In May 2017, Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors in what is being described as the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in history. This filing came about after Governor Ricardo Rossello failed to persuade Puerto Rico’s creditors to settle for a reduced payment amount, the government faced new lawsuits pending from their defaults, and the proposed 10-year fiscal plan only (see our previous post here) that was approved in March 2017 covered a quarter of the debt payments necessary for the island.
Pursuant to FINRA Rules, member firms are responsible for supervising a broker’s activities during the time the broker is registered with the firm. Therefore, Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by Mischel customers.
Erez Law represents investors in the United States for claims against Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC financial advisor Jeffrey Mischel, regarding customer complaints alleging misrepresentations related to Puerto Rico municipal bond purchases. If you were a client of Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC or another firm, and have experienced investment losses, please call us at 888-840-1571 or complete our contact form for a free consultation. Erez Law is a nationally recognized law firm representing individuals, trusts, corporations and institutions in claims against brokerage firms, banks and insurance companies on a contingency fee basis.
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