FINRA Bars Dustin Shafer after Allegations of Borrowing Money from Elderly Client
According to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) on December 3, the regulator has barred Dustin Paul Shafer (CRD # 4198962) in connection with an investigation into whether Shafer borrowed money from a customer. FINRA staff requested that Shafer appear for on-the-record testimony and he apparently refused the request in violation of FINRA rules.
Shafer’s broker report indicates a pending regulatory event on December 22, 2020 by the State of Illinois Securities Department alleging that Shafer “Borrowed over $55,000 from one of his eldery clients, an Illinois resident.”
According to his FINRA BrokerCheck report, Shafer was reportedly registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp. in Springfield, Illinois and Palm Beach Gardens, FL from 2008 until July 2019. More recently he was affiliated with Newbridge Securities in Springfield IL, and Boca Raton, FL. From 2008 – 2020 he was reportedly doing business as Shafer Financial Group, a purported independent agency through Money Concepts Capital Corp.
He reportedly has 17 disclosure events on his broker report including 8 customer complaints, 1 employment separation in 2020, and 6 judgments.Two of the complaints are still pending, according to his broker report.
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