Stockbrokers and financial advisors occupy a place of trust. And, in most cases, a client’s trust in their financial advisor is well-placed. However, perhaps more often than most people realize, stockbrokers and financial advisors engage in illegal conduct specifically intended to enrich themselves at their clients’ expense.
This is exactly what is alleged to have occurred at UBS Wealth Management USA. According to a recent report, one of the firm’s former brokers in Waco, Texas, stole more than $17 million from customers over a period of more than 25 years. Evidently, the broker was able to “fraudulently convince” more than 20 clients to invest in a “sham” investment that he and a friend from college created. To induce clients to make this investment—which was not included among UBS’s offered products—the broker promised them between 4% and 8% interest, which would compound quarterly. And to keep the fraud going, he and his partner would send out fake account statements purporting to show that the accounts were increasing in value, as promised.
However, in September 2021, the fraudulent investment scheme started to unravel. At this point, The broker left UBS and began working for another investment firm. There are allegations that he continued to push the same fraudulent investment at his new firm.