Melville, New York-based Brookville Capital Partners LLC (Brookville Capital) and the firm’s president, Anthony F. Lodati, were named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) complaint alleging that the firm and Mr. Lodati defrauded investors in connection with a private placement offering. According to the complaint, Brookville Capital and Mr. Lodati solicited customers to invest in a private placement offering that failed to disclose material facts about an individual involved in the offering. Anthony Lodati allegedly learned that the individual, who had effected transactions on behalf of the private placement, had been fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for securities fraud and had been convicted of a felony by the state of Florida. The FINRA complaint alleges that Mr. Lodati failed to inform any of the potential investors of the individual’s involvement. Moreover, the private placement memorandum (PPM) allegedly made no mention of the individual or of his regulatory or criminal background.
According to the FINRA complaint, Brookville Capital failed to conduct adequate due diligence with respect to the private placement offering, alleging that the firm and Mr. Lodati “lacked a reasonable basis to believe that the recommendation of the private placement could be suitable for any customer.”
Stockbrokers, registered representatives, and other financial industry professionals have been known to engage in many types of fraudulent and unlawful behavior which are in violation of industry rules and procedures. In order to protect customers from broker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. The implementation of the rules requires supervisors to monitor its employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, as well as the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker-dealers and their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be held liable to account holders for losses flowing from the employees’ misconduct. As a result, account holders who have suffered losses stemming from a broker’s unsuitable recommendations, omissions and/or fraudulent misconduct can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like Brookville Capital, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent these types of misconduct.
Have you suffered losses in your investment account due to your registered representative or stockbroker’s unlawful or misrepresented investment solicitation, or other misconduct? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against financial professionals for unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentations and omissions, and/or other fraudulent misconduct.
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