George Schmidt, Jr. is a barred broker who was last registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation in Melville, NY. In February, 2020 Schmidt was terminated after an allegation of misappropriation. After that, he was barred from associating with any FINRA member.
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Before joining Lincoln Financial (CRD# 3978) in 2012, Schmidt was registered with Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. (CRD# 4031), 1717 Capital Management Company (CRD# 4082), AXA Advisors, LLC (CRD# 6627), and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (CRD# 1039).
George Schmidt Disclosures
George Schmidt, Jr. (George Anthony Schmidt, Jr., CRD# 1082936) has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report:
February, 2020: A regulatory disclosure states that “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 9552(h) and in accordance with FINRA’s Notice of Suspension and Suspension from Association letters dated February 12, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively, on May 15, 2020, Schmidt is barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities. Respondent failed to request termination of his suspension within three months of the date of the Notice of Suspension; therefore, he is automatically barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.”
November, 2019: A disclosure states that Schmidt was discharged from Lincoln Financial Advisors “after allegation of misappropriation related to undisclosed outside business activity serving as Trustee for a non-family member.”
October, 2019: A customer dispute states “Claimant alleges LFA and RR breached their fiduciary duties in regard to an account and the RR made unauthorized withdrawals from two annuities.” $1,191,674 in damages was requested. The dispute is pending as of this writing.
June, 2010: A customer dispute alleged that “the variable annuity that she purchased in February of 2008 (by transfer from an annuity within an IRA from another carrier) was unsuitable given her age, financial condition, investment experience and overall risk tolerance. Client further alleges that the annuity lost 57% of its value from February 2008 through March 2010, notwithstanding that the registered representative has assured her that he would be able to recoup the losses. Client has requested damages in the amount of $147,511.00, plus costs, fees and expenses and has requested that the annuity contract be terminated without penalty or other charges.” The dispute was settled for $166,400.83.
January, 2007: A customer dispute alleged that a client “purchased a 1994 variable life insurance policy based on the representation that he would pay scheduled annual premiums on this policy for six years, at which time no further money would be due. Client advised he has now been advised that the policy lapsed and he would have to pay an additional $80,000 to keep the policy in force. Client is requesting the firm to either put the policy back into effect or that all money applied to this policy be returned. Damages are unspecified.” The claim was denied.
June, 2004: A customer dispute states that “Mr. Schmidt held himself out as a registered representative properly licensed with PMG Securities and who handled the claimant’s investments. The claimants allege, among other things, that PMG, through its unlicensed agent Mr. Schmidt, represented to claimants that they would have a fixed annuity for a period of one year and then would have an opportunity to determine how to invest the funds with the variable annuity component thereafter. Respondent PMG ignored claimant’s wishes and embarked on a plan to transfer funds to the variable annuity component almost immediately. The funds were allocated to sub accounts consisting of high-risk aggressive growth mutual funds totally unsuitable for the claimants and more importantly, were unauthorized. Claimants further allege that PMG through Schmidt prepared false and fraudulent documentation and engaged inforgeries of the claimants…” The dispute was settled for $45,000.
George Schmidt Accused Of Misappropriation
The most recent customer dispute on Schmidt’s record alleges that he made unauthorized withdrawals from two annuities. Unauthorized withdrawals are one of the common ways brokers can misappropriate (steal) from their customers.
Customers sometimes give their brokers the authority to take money from their accounts so they can pay their bills for them and may not immediately realize when the broker has directed funds to his own account. Brokers also have access to personal information about their clients, such as bank account numbers and social security numbers, so they may be able to use that information to withdraw money without the customer noticing.
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