UPDATE! Scott Newsholme GUILTY OF FRAUD
Scott Newsholme, formerly with SII Investments, Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Have you lost money with financial advisor Scott Newsholme of Farmingdale, New Jersey? We are continuing our investigation into Scott Newsholme, who recently pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and preparing fraudulent tax returns. According to Patch.com, Scott Newsholme ran a $3.1 million scheme to pay off personal expenses, including for vehicles, furniture, casino debts, and ATM withdrawals.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) previously filed charges against Newsholme as well. The SEC alleged that Newsholme fraudulently induced elderly investors to invest with him but instead put their money in his personal account.
The SEC filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey. The complaint alleges he misappropriated money from clients by taking checks given to him and depositing them in his personal bank account. The complaint further alleges that Newsholme stole over $1 million for this scheme starting in 2012. A criminal complaint was also filed against Scott Newsholme.
Scott Newsholme was a financial advisor and registered representative of SII Investments from December 2008 to July 2014. He worked at a branch office in Matawan, New Jersey. He has been the subject of at least two customer complaints. He also was affiliated with MVP Financial, Newley Financial Group, and Newsholme Financial Center. Newsholme was also previously barred by FINRA and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities.
Brokerage firms like SII Investments 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 and the Seattle area. We represent investors in FINRA arbitration proceedings in all 50 states, including investors throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys have represented over one thousand investors against many brokerage firms in the past, including SII Investments.
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