A complaint filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) against Philip Leonard Grasso Jr. alleges that he, a representative of Allstate Financial Services, LLC (Allstate Financial) “inserted himself into the lives of two elderly customers in order to defraud them of their funds.” FINRA alleged that while Mr. Grasso was on a medical leave of absence from Allstate Financial, he inserted himself into the lives of two elderly customers (ages 89 and 91) in order to defraud them financially.
Between December 2013 and January 2014, Mr. Grasso allegedly convinced the two elderly clients to liquidate their various life insurance policies and annuities (approximately $227,150) and open a brokerage account. Mr. Grasso allegedly then took all the funds from the brokerage account and put them in his own bank account. Mr. Grasso used these client funds for personal expenses like his mortgage and stock investments. In an attempt to hide the misconduct, Mr. Grasso allegedly created false documents for his clients and misrepresented their investment. Mr. Grasso was terminated by Allstate Financial due to allegations that he “commingled the customers’ funds” in May 2014. As it’s a current investigation, FINRA has requested sanctions and restitution to be imposed upon Mr. Grasso.
Stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other financial industry professionals have been known to engage in different types of misconduct which are in violation of industry rules and procedures. In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and maintain a reasonable supervisory system. The implementation of these rules requires supervisors to monitor employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If brokerage firms and their employee supervisors fail to establish and/or maintain these protective measures, they may be held liable to investment account holders for losses flowing from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses stemming from a broker’s fraudulent misrepresentations or other types of unlawful misconduct can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker dealers like Allstate Financial Services, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent broker misconduct and protect investors.
Have you suffered losses in your Allstate Financial Services account due to Philip Grasso Jr. or another registered representative or stockbroker’s fraudulent misrepresentations or other unlawful, prohibited 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 unauthorized and/or fraudulent misconduct.
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