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Dion Padilla Investigation-NEXT Financial Group-San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, Texas

JUNE 2017 UPDATE-In May 2017 a customer of NEXT Financial Group alleged that in 2007 he purchased a variable annuity and relied on Padilla’s representations that he had a product that guaranteed a monthly distribution for the remainder of his life, however no guaranteed income rider was included with the annuity purchase. The customer seeks damages of $375,704.

MAY 2017 UPDATE– A customer of NEXT Financial Group made a claim seeking damages of $970,578 , alleging that Dion Padilla misrepresented the monthly distributions, benefits and dividends to be received on a variable annuity. In May 2017 2017, NEXT Financial disclosed that the claim was denied and no longer pending.

ORIGINAL POST-February 2017

We are investigating Dion R. Padilla, a stockbroker who was formerly employed by  NEXT Financial Group in San Antonio, Texas, on behalf of a former employee of AT&T who alleges that her AT&T retirement account was mishandled.

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.

Padilla discloses two prior customer disputes that were resolved with cash settlements:

  • In FINRA arbitration 16-2163, a customer of NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $342,000 in connection with an investment in a variable annuity. That case was settled for $175,000.
  • In February 2014, a customer of NEXT FInancial Group alleged damages of $62,617 for the unauthorized purchase of a variable annuity. That case was settled for $69,400.

Recently, in February 2017, Padilla entered into an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and was fined $10,000 and suspended for 15 months from association with any FINRA member in all capacities. Disciplinary Proceeding 2014040362001. 

Without admitting or denying the allegations, Padilla agreed to the entry of certain findings and violations and to the entry of the sanctions described above. The findings and conclusions made by FINRA include:

  • Prior to transferring their accounts to NEXT Financial, a customer (who had worked for AT&T for 39 years) and his wife met with Padilla and stressed  that they did not want any of their funds invested in a variable annuity due to the high fees and because of their desire for liquidity.
  • Notwithstanding those desires, Padilla made unauthorized purchases of a variable annuity for the customer, investing over $789,000, the customer’s entire 401K rollover, in a variable annuity. Thereafter, when the customer inquired, Padilla misrepresented to the customer that the investment was not a variable annuity.

If you have information which you believe is helpful to our investigation, please contact us. If you have losses in an account handled by Dion Padilla , call to discuss how you may be able to recover damages from his prior employer.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Dion R. Padilla-NEXT Financial Group Broker-Sanctioned Over Annuity Sales

February 2017 UPDATE- Dion Padilla/ AT&T Retirement Account investigation. See this for details.  

ORIGINAL POST-July 2016- San Antonio, Texas

The FINRA records of Dion R. Padilla  , a stock broker currently employed by NEXT Financial Group , disclose  a currently pending regulatory matter.

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.

FINRA recently filed complaint #2014040362001 alleging that Padilla effected unauthorized purchases of a variable annuity for a customer and concealed the information from the customer for over nine months. At the time Padilla presented the variable annuity application to the customer he assured the customer that the application was not for a variable annuity.

According to the complaint Padilla caused the customer to invest and additional $558,889 into the variable annuity by falsely claiming the investment was not a variable annuity. The customer consistently and unequivocally told Padilla that he did not wish to purchase a variable annuity.

Padilla recently disclosed that he is named in an arbitration brought by a customer seeking $347,000 damages. See this link for more. 

Padilla has been employed by NEXT Financial Group  since 2/2006. He also operates Padilla Wealth Management.

If you have losses in an account handled by Dion R. Padilla , contact us to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Dion R. Padilla-NEXT Financial Group Stockbroker-Investigation Update

February 2017 UPDATE- Dion Padilla/ AT&T Retirement Account investigation. See this for details.  

JUNE 2016 UPDATE-Padilla named in FINRA complaint for unauthorized purchase of variable annuity. See this link for more information.

San Antonio, Texas

According to FINRA records, Dion R. Padilla  a stock broker who has worked for NEXT Financial Group since 2/2006  discloses that a customer has filed an arbitration seeking damages of $347,000. Padilla also operates Padilla Wealth Management.

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.

The customer alleges that in April 2007 Padilla failed to include a principal protection for life rider in connection with a recommended variable annuity investment.

Padilla discloses that in 2014 a customer alleged that he executed an unauthorized trade involving a variable annuity. That matter was settled for $69,400.

In September 2015 FINRA initiated an investigation of Padilla for a potential violation of FINRA Rule 2010 for making an unauthorized purchase of a variable annuity and other violations related to misrepresentations and omissions. That matter is currently pending.

If you have questions about an account handled by Dion Padilla, call for a no charge consultation.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870