According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Scott Newsholme (Newsholme), in September 2017, was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of stealing more than $1 million from his clients. Newsholme’s problems began back in July 2014 when he was terminated by his then employer SII Investments, Inc. (SII). SII stated that Newsholme was terminated due to allegations that Newsholme stole her IRA assets and engaged in private securities transactions.
In addition to being an investment advisor, Newsholme is a tax preparer, accountant, and the proprietor of MVP Financial LLC in Howell, New Jersey. Between 2002 and 2010 Newsholme was president of two predecessor tax, accounting, and financial planning firms in Matawan, New Jersey – Newley Financial Group, Inc. and Newsholme Financial Center LLC.
In September 2014, FINRA brought an action against Newsholme and ultimately barred him from the industry when Newsholme failed to respond to information requests concerning the issues raised in his SII termination. In June 2015, the State of New Jersey revoked Newsholme’s securities license and imposed an $85,000 fine stating that Newsholme egage in unethical business practices.
Finally, in September 2017 the SEC brought action against Newsholme alleging that the broker stole more than $1 million from clients to support his gambling habit and other personal expenditures. The SEC alleged that Newsholme concealed his fraud by making various misrepresentations to his clients, including falsely reassuring them that their investments were faring well. Newsholme is then alleged to have fabricated account statements, doctored stock certificates, and forged promissory notes and other debt instruments as part of a scheme to convince clients to give him their money. All the while Newsholme diverted his clients’ investment funds for his own use and cashed their investment checks at a check cashing store for himself.