Dion Rey Padilla, of San Antonio, Texas, submitted an Offer of Settlement to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly making an unauthorized purchase of a variable annuity for a customer and misrepresenting to the customer on numerous occasions that it was not a variable annuity.
FINRA found that, while employed by NEXT Financial Group, Inc., Dion Padilla misrepresented a variable annuity investment to his customers, who stressed to him that they did not want any of their funds invested in a variable annuity due to the fees and their desire for liquidity. Mr. Padilla allegedly presented a variable annuity application to the customer, assuring him that it was not for a variable annuity, but a type of managed money investment. Mr. Padilla’s misrepresentations, however, were false and misleading. Continue Reading