James Tao-Former Sunbelt Securities Stockbroker-Named in SEC Complaint-Houston, TX

January 2018-Houston, Texas

James Tao, a former stockbroker who last worked for Sunbelt Securities was named in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2017, which alleges that Tao misappropriated investor money and made material misrepresentations in offering documents for Presidio Venture Capital fund (PVC).

Link to SEC complaint.

The SEC alleges that Tao misused investor funds by investing more than $200,000 in companies he owned or had a personal interest and used investor funds to pay for various expenses unrelated to uses authorized in the private placement memorandum for PVC.

According to FINRA records Tao worked for Sunbelt Securities in Houston from 8/2012-3/2016. On his FINRA records, Tao discloses a prior regulatory event and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In 3/2016, Tao was discharged by Sunbelt Securities who made the following allegation on FINRA records: “Registrant is under internal review for potential violations of FINRA rules. These violations relate to failure to provide prior written notification and receive written approval for outside business activities and private securities transactions”.

In 8/2016, Tao was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to respond to a request for information in connection with a FINRA investigation.


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