Craig Zabala, John W. Loofburrow & Associates, Harlem, New York
SEC charges Craig Zabala with Allegations of Defrauding Investors
According to The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on September 24, the regulator announced charges against former broker Craig A. Zabala for allegedly defrauding investors in his company, Concorde Group Holdings Inc.
The SEC alleges that, between February 2015 and August 2019, Zabala raised approximately $4.38 million from 17 investors throughout the United States, purportedly to develop Concorde into a merchant bank for mid-sized companies and to invest in affiliate entities.
According to the complaint, Zabala allegedly lied to investors that Concorde had raised more than $24 million and was close to completing a $25 million offering. The SEC’s complaint also alleges that Zabala misappropriated over $3 million of investor funds by making almost $2 million in unauthorized payments to himself and his longtime girlfriend, and $1.2 million in Ponzi-like payments to earlier investors in an affiliate company. Zabala allegedly “used investor funds for personal expenses, including car payments and international travel expenses” for himself and his girlfriend, according to the SEC.
According to his FINRA BrokerCheck report, Zabala was registered with John W. Loofburrow and Associates, Inc. in Harlem, NY from 02/07/2015 – 04/29/2019. FINRA reportedly barred Zabala from working in the securities industry in August 2019, after he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its review of his alleged outside business activities and his purported participation in private securities transactions. The findings stated that Zabala provided a partial, but incomplete, response to FINRA’s request.
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