Leon Vaccarelli Charged With Fraud
On August 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Connecticut-based broker representative and investment adviser Leon Vaccarelli and his company with fraudulently persuading several elderly customers to invest with him and then spending their money on his own living and business expenses.
The SEC’s complaint alleges that instead of investing the customers’ money in such things as conventional brokerage accounts and so-called separately managed accounts as promised, Leon Vaccarelli deposited customer funds into his personal and business bank accounts. He allegedly commingled the funds with his own money and used them for his own purposes, and in some instances he used customer funds to pay returns to earlier investors. According to the SEC’s complaint, Leon Vaccarelli asked one customer to sign an agreement that she would not provide certain information to FINRA or the SEC. Leon Vaccarelli allegedly sold more than $450,000 in securities that were held in trust for the care and maintenance of a beneficiary and used some of the proceeds to pay business and personal expenses.The SEC alleges that Leon Vaccarelli defrauded clients of more than $1 million, and the agency is seeking an asset freeze against Leon Vaccarelli, individually and doing business as Lux Financial Services, and his company, LWLVACC, LLC.
The SEC’s complaint alleges that Leon Vaccarelli violated Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rules 10b-5 and 21F-17(a). The complaint seeks disgorgement of ill-gotten gains plus interest, penalties, and permanent injunctive relief.
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