Ronald Paul Rafaloff, a former registered representative with the Bakersfield, California branch of Liberty Partners Financial Specialists, LLC (Liberty Partners) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he converted $168,000 of an elderly customer’s investment funds for his personal use and benefit.
According to FINRA, Ronald Rafaloff’s only client, a 74 year old retiree, invested $405,000 of her retirement money into three speculative business entities. The business entities, for which Mr. Rafaloff claimed to provide consulting services, were actually founded and controlled by Mr. Rafaloff. In order to persuade his elderly client to invest, Mr. Rafaloff allegedly promised annual returns of 30-40% and a repayment of her principal in three years. He also allegedly provided the elderly investor with written guarantees against losses, agreeing to personally make payments to the investor if the business entities should default. FINRA found that none of the companies held sufficient funds to cover the return of principal or the high rates of returns promised by Mr. Rafaloff. Continue Reading