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Investment Center Broker Accused of Stealing $300K from Elderly Client on silverlaw.comLeon Vaccarelli allegedly defrauded a total of nine clients out of more than $1 million

In May, former financial advisor Leon Vaccarelli was charged with 12 counts of fraud and money laundering in a federal court in Connecticut. If convicted on all of them, he could receive a maximum penalty of 210 years in prison. After pleading not guilty, Vaccarelli was released on a $100,000 bond.

Vaccarelli is alleged to have stolen money from several clients between 2011 and 2017. During that time, he reportedly informed his clients that their money would be invested in different places, including money market accounts and retirement products. What Vaccarelli actually did, according to investigators, was put the money into his own account and use it to pay his own expenses. In addition, federal prosecutors also say that he also used client money to make interest payments to other investors.

New York broker and Chief Compliance Officer of Trident Partners Ltd., William Michael Quigley (CRD# 1968265), was permanently barred by FINRA commencing on June 23, 2015, for failing to respond to a FINRA request for information, pursuant to FINRA Rule 9552(d). Quigley is barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Quigley failed to request termination of his suspension within 3 months of the date of his Notice of Suspension, and therefore, was automatically barred by FINRA (FINRA Rule 9552(h)).

Additionally, on May 28, 2015, the Securities & Exchange Commission filed an indictment against Quigley alleging that he and his 2 brothers, Michael and Brian Quigley, participated in a fraudulent offering scheme from at least 2003 to 2012, while he was Chief Compliance Officer at Trident Partners Ltd., a brokerage firm in Woodbury, New York. The SEC alleges misappropriation of funds by the 3 brothers, as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in connection with a fraudulent investment scheme. “Quigley and his co-conspirators allegedly engaged in a coordinated and sophisticated scheme built on lies and deceit to defraud overseas investors,” stated Acting United States Attorney Kelly Currie, for the Eastern District of New York.

William Michael Quigley was registered with Trident Partners Ltd. from October 2007 through September 2014, and was employed by Joseph Stevens and Co. from October 2005 through September 2007.

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