Six Retirees File Suit Alleging Financial Advisor James Blake Daughtry stole $1 Million from Retirement Accounts
According to AL.com on July 23, five seniors residing in Alabama and one in Florida filed a lawsuit in Houston County, Alabama alleging their financial advisor, James Blake Daughtry stole more than $1 million from their retirement accounts by purportedly copying and pasting their signatures on documents.
The lawsuit claims that Daughtry and two alleged co-conspirators purportedly stole the retirees’ entire life savings by transferring the retirement accounts to “sham entities” allegedly controlled by the defendants.
Daughtry purportedly told the retirees last year that he was merging with another financial firm and needed them to sign a signature page so he could continue to “take care of their accounts,” according to the complaint.
The lawsuit further alleges that Kestra Investment Services, a broker-dealer whom Daughtry was registered with, and Equity Trust and ETC were negligent for not preventing the fraud.
According to his BrokerCheck profile, Daughtry was reportedly registered with Kestra Investment Services from 2015 – 2020 when he was discharged after FINRA reportedly barred him for allegations of “potentially fraudulent and unauthorized transactions in customers’ accounts.”
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