Roger Zullo, formerly of LPL Financial, Barred by FINRA
Have you lost money with financial advisor Roger Zullo of Boston, Massachusetts? We are investigating allegations made by the Massachusetts Securities Division and FINRA against Roger S. Zullo, an advisor formerly at LPL Financial LLC. LPL Financial is also based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts brought a complaint against both Zullo and LPL Financial LLC.
Massachusetts alleged that Zullo “defrauded his clients, lied to his supervisors, and fabricated client financial suitability profiles, in order to enrich himself and LPL by selling scores of identical, unsuitable, illiquid, and high-commission variable annuities”. Massachusetts also alleged that Zullo engaged in annuity switching – recommending that clients liquidate one variable annuity to invest in another – at the expense of his customers. It further alleged that Zullo and LPL received over $1.8 million in commissions from selling variable annuities, mostly from Polaris Platinum III variable annuities. Massachusetts further alleged that LPL Financial ignored countless warnings and red flags and failed to adequately supervise Zullo.
In July 2017, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) also brought a complaint against Zullo regarding the same allegations. FINRA barred Zullo from the securities industry after he failed to respond to the investigation.
Roger Zullo was a financial advisor and registered representative of LPL Financial LLC from August 2004 to the December 2016. He worked at a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts. Zullo’s BrokerCheck report discloses that he operated a business called Finn Zullo.
Brokerage firms like LPL Financial LLC 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, the Seattle area, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. We represent investors in FINRA arbitration proceedings in all 50 states, including numerous investors in Massachusetts in the past. Our attorneys have represented over one thousand investors against many brokerage firms in the past, including many against LPL Financial.
Click to view: LPL Financial Massachusetts Order
Click to view: Zullo, Roger FINRA AWC
Click to view: Zullo, Roger Massachusetts Complaint
Click to view: Zullo, Roger BrokerCheck 12.1.16
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