John Schmidt (CRD#: 708094) is a former broker and investment advisor. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Schmidt was employed at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network in Dayton, Ohio. In March of 2018, John Schmidt was barred by FINRA after he failed to respond to a request for information.
Several investors initiating arbitration claims against former Wells Fargo Advisors broker John Schmidt alleging that he stole their money. On September 25th, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a formal complaint against Mr. Schmidt.
SEC Complaint: John Schmidt
In a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the SEC alleges that former Wells Fargo broker John Schmidt perpetuated a 13-year financial fraud scheme.
According to the agency, Mr. Schmidt transferred money around between customers — in an unauthorized manner — to cover shortfalls in different brokerage accounts.
The SEC plainly states that these shortfalls existed because Mr. Schmidt misappropriated over $1.16 million in investor funds. To conceal his misconduct, Mr. Schmidt is alleged to have sent investors wholly fraudulent brokerage account statements.
The SEC is alleging several securities law violations and it is seeking all available relief, including a finding of facts, conclusions of law, disgorgement of all ill-gotten gains, full financial restation, civil financial penalties, and any other remedy court deemed appropriate by the court.
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