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Securities Investigation: CPA Franklin Industrial DST  

Securities Investigation: CPA Franklin Industrial DST, featured by top securities fraud attorneys, the White Law Group

Investigating Potential Claims involving CPA Franklin Industrial DST 

The White Law Group is investigating potential securities claims involving broker dealers who may have improperly recommended CPA Franklin Industrial DST to investors.

Delaware Statutory Trusts, or DSTs, are an alternative for 1031 exchange investors seeking replacement properties, allegedly offering the potential for monthly income and diversification without any on-going landlord duties.  

According to SEC filings, CPA Franklin Industrial DST, filed a Form D to raise capital from investors in 2019. The total offering amount sold to investors was purportedly $3,175,001, according to the Reg D filing. The sales commissions and fees were estimated at more than 9% of the total offering amount. 

While there is a time and place for most investments, DSTs are not appropriate for many investors as they come with a few disadvantages.  For example, 1031 DSTs cannot raise new capital once the investment is made leaving investors holding the bag if expensive repairs are needed or other issues arise – like a drop in occupancy or rental income. The investors also have limited control over the property.  While the sponsor may welcome feedback from the investors in the DST, they don’t allow any actions to be taken by any one investor. 

Further, 1031 DSTs are illiquid, and it can often be difficult to find a buyer if an investor wants to sell their interest before the property is sold. 

For more information on the risks of 1031 DST investments please see:  

 1031 Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) Investments Overview 

Investors may have Claims to Recover Investment Losses 

Despite?the risks of investing in DSTs, brokerage firms continue to push this type of investment because of the high commissions associated with their sale and creation.  

Fortunately, FINRA does provide an arbitration forum for investors to resolve disputes if a broker or brokerage firm makes an?unsuitable investment recommendation?or fails to adequately disclose the risks associated with an investment. It is possible that they could be found liable for investment losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.  

If you are concerned about your?investment in CPA Franklin Industrial DST, please call the securities attorneys at The White Law Group at 888-637-5510 for a free consultation.  

The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington.  

For more information on The White Law Group and its representation of investors in FINRA arbitration claims, visit https://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com 



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