Former LPL Financial Broker Robert Tricarico Accused of Stealing Customer Funds

shutterstock_143448874The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred broker Robert Tricarico (Tricarico) concerning allegations that Tricarico failed to respond to the regulator’s requests to provide information and documents concerning the an investigation into claims that Tricarico may have stolen money from clients.

Tricarico entered the securities industry in 1986. From June 2003, until April 2009, Tricarico was associated with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Thereafter, from March 2009, to May 2011, Tricarico became registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (Wells Fargo). Finally, from May 2011, until January 2015, Tricarico was associated with LPL Financial LLC (LPL).

On a Form U5, LPL terminated Tricarico alleging that the broker was the subject of a lawsuit by the executrix of a deceased client that alleged misappropriation of funds. Thereafter, FINRA sought to investigate LPL’s statements by sending Tricarico requests for information. On January 22, 2015, FINRA sent a letter to Tricarico requesting that Tricarico provide documents and information including his personal bank account records. Despite, multiple requests for information and some additional correspondence with Tricarico and his counsel the broker did not provide sufficient documents and information to cover FINRA’s requests. Accordingly, FINRA imposed a bar from the securities industry.

According to Tricarico’s BrokerCheck records, the representative has been the subject of two regulatory actions, one civil case, three customer FINRA disputes, one firm termination, two financial actions and two liens or judgements. Tricarico declared chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010. Thereafter, the IRS imposed a lien of $133,670 in 2013. Often times a broker’s inability to pay their own debts may cause the broker to recommend inappropriate high commission products or to engage in outright misappropriation of client funds.

The number of complaints and regulatory actions against Tricarico is relatively large by industry standards. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must disclose different types of events, not necessarily all of which are customer complaints. These disclosures can include IRS tax liens, judgments, and even criminal matters.

Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases where their broker has acted inappropriately. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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