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In a March 23, 2011, article in InvestmentNews.com by Liz Skinner, she writes that a retired American Airlines pilot from Maryland won a $2.7 million judgment from a Finra arbitration panel in a dispute over how his savings were invested.
Finra, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. panel, after a five day hearing, agreed that Andrew Michalak’s retirement money should not have been concentrated in two non-public mortgage funds.
The Finra panel decided that American Investors Co. and adviser Sewell Frey Sr., should pay $1.32 million in damages, interest and fees. Fund manager Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. was told to pay $1.37 million in damages to Mr. Michalak, who was ordered to transfer ownership of his shares with the Dunham & Associates Daily Mortgage Fund back to Dunham.
In the InvestmentNews article it was noted that Mr. Michalak invested more than $2 million — essentially the entirety of his savings after working more than 30 years — in the pair of Dunham mortgage funds on the advise of Mr. Frey.
“I don’t’ think he ever appreciated the difference between public and private funds,” Mr. Costello said. “He woke up one day and didn’t have any access to his money.”
Ms. Skinner writes that the pair of mortgage funds suspended redemptions in early 2009, thus preventing Mr. Michalak from being able to draw from his retirement accounts to pay his and his wife’s daily expenses, Mr. Costello said. Mr. Michalak is in his seventies. Another Dunham entity, along with two officers named in the arbitration, “were completely dismissed and expungement recommendations were made for one of the officers,” said Dunham’s chief sales and marketing officer Salvatore M. Capizzi.
It was noted that calls to American Investors weren’t returned.
Meanwhile, Mr. Costello said the Finra award goes a long way in helping the Michalaks “get back to where they should be.”
If you feel you have also been an alleged victim of Sewell Frey, Sr., American Investors Co., or Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc., please call a Securities Arbitration Lawyer for a free consultation on how to recover your losses. To speak with an attorney, call 888-760-6552, or visit www.stockmarketlawsuit.com. Soreide Law Group, PLLC., representing investors nationwide before FINRA the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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