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West Coast Financial Advisor Debbie Cavanaugh: REIT Complaint

A recent investor complaint against Kalispell, Montana financial advisor Debbie Cavanaugh (CRD# 1268420) alleges that her conduct resulted in five-figure damages. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority records show that she is a broker and an investment advisor with Centaurus Financial, doing business as West Coast Financial.

Ms. Cavanaugh’s BrokerCheck report discloses two investor complaints. The most recent, filed in January 2023, alleges that she recommended an unsuitable real estate investment trust when she was a representative of Independent Financial Group. The pending complaint alleges damages of $50,000.

A second investor complaint, filed in 2010, alleged breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation of material facts, and the recommendation and sale of unsuitable real estate investments while she was at Securities America. In 2012 the complaint reached a settlement of $60,000. In a “Broker Statement” included with the complaint’s disclosure, she wrote that she was “not a named respondent in this matter” and described the allegations as “without merit.”

According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Debbie Cavanaugh holds 38 years of securities industry experience. Based in Kalispell, Montana, she has been a broker and an investment advisor with Centaurus Financial since 2020, doing business as West Coast Financial. Her registration history includes Independent Financial Group (Cota de Caza, California; 2013-2020), Securities America (Cota de Caza, California; 1997-2013), Mariner Financial Services (Largo, Florida; 1995-1997), Apogee Financial Group (Laguna Hills, California; 1992-1995), Main Street Management Company (Boston, Massachusetts; 1990-1992), GAF Financial & Insurance Services, Pamco Securities and Insurance Services, INA Security Corporation, American Express Financial Advisors, and IDS Financial Services. Her credentials include the passage of seven securities industry qualifying exams: the Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Principal Examination, or Series 26; the Financial and Operations Principal Examination, or Series 27; the General Securities Principal Examination, or Series 24; the Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Representative Examination, or Series 6; the General Securities Representative Examination, or Series 7; the Securities Industry Essentials Examination, or SIE; the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, or Series 63; and the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, or Series 65. She is licensed in Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, and Washington. (Information current as of March 20, 2023.)

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