Erez Law is currently investigating former Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC broker Robert Clarke (CRD# 735940) regarding investment losses. Clarke has been registered with Natalliance Securities, LLC in Austin, Texas since 2017. Previously, Clarke was registered with Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1995 to 2017.
In May 2019, the Commonwealth of Kentucky suspended Clarke for 5 months and sanctioned him to a $3,000 civil and administrative penalty following allegations that he placed trades in customer accounts as an unregistered broker-dealer agent.
In August 1999, the Alabama Securities Commission issued a cease and desist order against Ross Sinclaire & Associates, Inc. and two of its agents, including Clarke and Mark Joseph Durket, regarding “review of application for registration in Alabama disclosed there was a total of 514 transactions effected in the accounts of 4 Alabama residents.” Clarke was ordered to pay a $10,000 administrative assessment as well as $3,000 in investigative costs.
Clarke has been the subject of five customer complaints between 1998 and 2018, according to his CRD report. Recent complaints were regarding:
- December 2018. “Mortgage backed securities were not suitable for client.” The customer sought $100,000 in damages and the case was settled for $30,000. The complaint was regarding mortgage-backed securities and took place while Clarke registered with Ross, Sinclaire and Associates, LLC.
- October 2017. “Claimants allege misrepresentation of CMO product and purchases of the product in the claimant accounts.” The customer sought $500,000 in damages and the case was settled for $125,000. The complaint was regarding centralized mortgage obligation (CMO) and took place while Clarke registered with Ross, Sinclaire and Associates, LLC.
- March 2016. “Between August 2010 and January 2011 customer alleges registered representative misrepresented and made an unsuitable recommendation for the customer to invest in collateralized mortgage obligations.” The customer sought $250,000 in damages and the case was settled for $120,000. The complaint was regarding debt-asset backed securities and took place while Clarke registered with Ross, Sinclaire and Associates, LLC.
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, Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by Clarke’s customers.
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