WELLS Fargo Advisor JOHN SCHMIDT Arrested for FRAUD
John Schmidt, formerly with Wells Fargo, Arrested for Securities Fraud
Have you lost money investing with John Schmidt from Dayton, Ohio? We are continuing to look into allegations made against John Gregory Schmidt, formerly an advisor with Wells Fargo. Schmidt was arrested and charged with 128 counts of securities fraud, according to Channel 2 News in Dayton. He was alleged to have stolen money and created false statements to cover up his fraudulent conduct.
Schmidt was previously the subject of claims filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2018. Schmidt was the subject of a complaint by the SEC, who seeks civil penalties against Schmidt. The SEC brought this complaint against Schmidt, alleging that without customer authorization, he would sell securities in one customer’s account and transfer the proceeds to another account to cover shortfalls in other customers’ accounts. The SEC alleged that this scheme was perpetrated between 2003 and 2017. The SEC further alleged that he used this scheme to steal about $1.1. million from seven customers, many of which were elderly.
John Schmidt was a representative of Wells Fargo from December 2006 to October 2017. He also worked with Stifel Nicolaus from May 2002 to December 2006. He worked at a branch office in Dayton, Ohio. Schmidt has been the subject of several customer complaints and was terminated by Wells Fargo for this conduct.
Brokerage firms like Wells Fargo have a responsibility to adequately supervise all representatives who are registered through their firm. Brokerage firms also must take steps to ensure that their financial advisors follow all securities rules and regulations, as well as internal firm policies. When brokerage firms fail to adequately supervise their registered representatives, they may be liable for investment losses sustained by customers.
Israels & Neuman PLC is a securities and investment fraud law firm with offices in Denver, Colorado; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Seattle, Washington. We represent investors in FINRA arbitration proceedings in all 50 states, including investors in Ohio. Our attorneys have represented over one thousand investors against many brokerage firms in the past, including Wells Fargo, and many others.
Click to view: Schmidt, John SEC Complaint
Click to view: Schmidt, John BrokerCheck 9.25.18
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