by Brian Mahany
How Well Do You Know Your Financial Professional? If you are like many people, the answer is “not very well.”
Recently I blogged about the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the gaps in their “Broker Check” system. Since writing that piece, FINRA has begun correcting some of the problems. Except for stock brokers, it is unfortunately difficult to check the compliance histories of most other financial professionals. The industry is full of bad apples and people who simply have no business managing other people’s money. So it was with no surprise that I read the story of Willie Aames.
Willie was the actor who starred in the TV show “Eight is Enough” and has several movies and sitcoms to his credit. Most recently, however, he appeared in the reality TV show, “Broke and Famous.” According to that show and other press reports, since leaving Hollywood Aames went broke. So broke that he filed for bankruptcy twice. So broke that he was sleeping in bushes.
So what is the broke and homeless Willie Aames doing know? He is a financial planner and stock broker. Yup, he may not be able to manage his own finances but now he is licensed to manage yours.
There is a message here. Before you trust your money to anyone, perform some due diligence first. If you don’t know how, ask your accountant, lawyer, banker or just go on-line and look yourself. And never be afraid to ask questions.
Brian Mahany and the fraud recovery team at MahanyLaw help victims of financial fraud recover their money. If you are the victim of professional malpractice – by a lawyer, stock broker, accountant or other professional, call us. We may be able to get your money back. Brian Mahany can be reached at 414-704-6731 or by email,
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