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Lorenzo Esteva-Former Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Disputes-Miami, FL

September 2018- Miami, FL

According to publicly available records Lorenzo Esteva  (CRD#2170595) , a  former stockbroker previously registered with Merrill Lynch , disclose a regulatory event,  six prior and one currently pending 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.   

In September 2017 Esteva was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA.   Esteva consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to produce FINRA-requested documents and information as part of an investigation into customer complaints that Esteva provided falsified account statements to a customer from 2001 to 2017 and that he improperly journaled funds between accounts of two unrelated customers.

In June of 2017, a USB Financial Services customer filed a complaint alleging that Esteva moved money out his account without permission. This case was settled for $16,600.

In July of 2016 a Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith customer filed a complaint alleging the Esteva made unauthorized trades and made misrepresentations to the customer.   The case was settled for $69,552 in 11/2016.

In currently pending FINRA case 18-0377 a customer of Merrill Lynch alleges that Esteva made unsuitable investment recommendations and is seeking damages of $2.5 million.

In June of 2017 Esteva was discharged from USB Financial Services after “he admitted providing a client with documents containing false account information.   Further investigation found that Financial Advisor (i) provided at least one more client with documents containing false account information and (ii) improperly journaled money between unrelated client accounts.”

Lorenzo Esteva was with USB Financial Services  from November of 2015 until June 2017.   Before that, he was employed with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith from August of 1991 until November of 2015.

If you have losses in an account handled by Lorenzo Esteva,  contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Investigation UPDATE-Bill Hightower Indicted-Former UBS Stockbroker-Houston, TX

OCTOBER 2018- Houston, TX

We are currently pursuing FINRA arbitration claims on behalf of investors who were victims of William Hightower.

In a recently filed case on behalf of a retired couple from central Texas the victims allege that  Hightower recommended investments in Hightower Capital Group common stock, an allegedly risky and unsuitable private investment that has caused significant financial damages. In addition, our clients allege that Hightower made unsuitable investment recommendations that resulted in significant damages.

Hightower Indicted for Securities Fraud

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced the indictment of  William Hightower of Bellaire, Texas, who is charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. The indictment charges that Hightower took money from clients from 2013-2018 and  made false promises while he was operating a Ponzi scheme.

If convicted, Hightower faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

Hightower Accused of Securities Fraud In Civil Suit

Recently 3 residents of Harris County, TX, filed an intervenor action in the divorce proceeding which is currently pending between Bill Hightower and his wife, Susan Hightower. Cause #2018-46462, 311th Judicial District, Harris County, TX.

One of the intervenors, a 78 year old widow,  alleges that beginning in 2013,  Bill Hightower convinced her to purchase several ‘private annuities’, totalling an investment of $1.65 million. These investments were purportedly guaranteed by Hightower Capital Group and Bill Hightower individually.

It is alleged that in 2014 Hightower sold her 900 shares of Hightower Capital Group stock for $900,000. Millenium Trust Company, a licensed financial services company, allegedly signed off on the sale.

According to the complaint filed by the intervenors,  Hightower defaulted on payments due on one of the annuities in early July 2018 and 11 days later his wife Ann filed for divorce from Bill, listing real estate properties (a lake property and a ranch)  which the intervenors contend were purchased with the widow intervenor’s retirement money.

The FINRA records of  William A. Hightower,  a  former stock stock broker who worked for UBS for many years and who was last  employed by Legacy Asset Securities ,  currently disclose a prior regulatory event and two prior customer disputes.

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 10/2015 FINRA permanently barred Hightower from the securities industry for refusing to fully respond to a FINRA request for documents and information in connection with an investigation into allegations that Hightower, while employed by UBS Financial Services, improperly steered  customers to an unapproved private securities investment.

In FINRA Case 15-03387 a customer of UBS Financial Services alleged that Hightower recommended the purchase of a high risk, illiquid and unsuitable, unregistered private placement security. The customer sought damages of $150,000. In May 2018 the case was settled for $125,000

HIghtower was employed by Legacy Asset Securities from 9/2013-6/2015 and with UBS Financial Services from 6/2007-9/2013.

If you have losses in an investment in Hightower Capital Group or other losses in account handled by William Hightower, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal options for recovery of damages.

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