Having same issue with scottrade with these shares being locked.
Heard that its possible to get the stock certificate and then through an official transaction, sell it to someone not related for some low price to recognize the loss.
When asked how a stock certificate would be, the broker told me between 100-500$, which is just ludacris.
Does anyone know any other way around this? Are these shares going to be locked forever? I really would like to take this loss for tax reasons.