Robert J. Escobio Reportedly Barred after Fraudulent Precious Metals Scheme in Miami, FL
Are you concerned about investments with former broker Robert J. Escobio in Miami, Florida? If so, the securities attorneys at The White Law Group may be able to help you through FINRA Arbitration.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is reportedly currently investigating Robert J. Escobio former registered representative of Southern Trust Securities after he was reportedly barred by the CFTC for an allegedly fraudulent precious metals scheme. FINRA alleges that Escobio is not answering requests for information in its investigation.
On Sept. 1 2016, a final judgment ruled in favor of The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in a trial involving a fraudulent precious metals scheme allegedly perpetrated by Robert Escobio of Miami, Florida, reportedly through his companies Southern Trust Metals, Inc. and Loreley Overseas Corporation.
Escobio allegedly convinced retail investors to purchase physical precious metals that allegedly were held in depositories in London or Hong Kong, according to the order. Further, the order finds that customers were purportedly told that they could purchase additional metals by utilizing loans arranged by Escobio and his companies, when, in fact, he allegedly did not purchase or sell physical metals, nor did he make any loans.
According to the order, Escobio allegedly transferred customer funds through his company, Loreley, and then to trading accounts at United Kingdom firms where customer funds were purportedly used to engage in margined derivatives trading.
According to the order, 78 leveraged metals customers allegedly suffered losses totaling $1,543,892.
Escobio and the two companies were reportedly permanently enjoined and prohibited from trading and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,543,892 and a civil penalty of $254,919.66. The Judgment reportedly also orders Southern Trust and Escobio to pay additional restitution of $559,725 and an additional penalty of $120,112.33 for an unregistered futures scheme.
According to his FINRA BrokerCheck report, Escobio was a registered representative at Southern Trust Securities in Miami, Florida from June 2000 until July 2017.
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