July 2016-Chesapeake, VA
The FINRA records of Antonio Costanzo , a former stock broker who was last employed by TItus Rockefeller , disclose a pending regulatory event, a prior final regulatory event, 8 prior customer disputes 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.
Costanzo‘s FINRA disclosure reports that he is named in a FINRA complaint alleging that he, with his then member firm Newport Coast Securities and other firm representatives excessively traded and churned customer accounts. FINRA alleges that Costanzo engaged in a deceptive and manipulative scheme by churning the accounts of customers and acted with the intent to defraud customer’s interests by seeking to maximize his own remuneration. Costanzo violated his obligation to conduct his activities in accordance with ethical standards by conditioning restitution offers upon customer’s’ refusal to cooperate with a FINRA investigation and by attempting to dissuade customers from testifying in the disciplinary hearing. FINRA Case# 2012030564701.
In August 2015, Costanzo was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to respond to a FINRA request for information. FINRA Case#2015044604701.
Four of the prior customer disputes were settled with payments of monetary compensation.
In July 2008, Costanzo was discharged by Wedbush Morgan Securities who alleged “violation of industry rules, possible fraud’ in connection with the termination.
Costanzo was employed by TItus Rockefeller from 1/2013-3/2015, with IFS Securities from 7/2012-12/2012 and with Newport Coast Securities from 7/2008-8/2012.
Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Antonio Costanzo , may be entitled to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.
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