- September 8, 2023
- UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Michael Dellinger (CRD# 4558550) is a Registered Broker and Investment Advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc. in Houston, TX.
He entered the securities industry in 2003, and has previously worked for Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated.
Current and Past Allegations of Conduct Leading to Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in November 2022, Michael Dellinger was the subject of a customer dispute. The disclosure states, “Time frame: In our about late 2016 Allegations: Claimants counsel alleges unsuitability and misrepresentation with respect to recommendations to invest in and hold an options overlay strategy.” The customer dispute was settled for $670,329.
In addition, Michael Dellinger has been the subject of three other customer complaints, which include the following:
- October 2022—“Time frame: In or about late 2016 Allegations: Claimant’s counsel alleges unsuitability and misrepresentation with respect to recommendations to invest in and hold an options overlay strategy.” The customer dispute was settled for $512,427.
- October 2022—“Time frame: In or about late 2016 Allegations: Claimant’s counsel alleges unsuitability and misrepresentation with respect to recommendations to invest in and hold an options overlay strategy. The customer dispute was settled for $697,080.
- December 2019—“Time frame: Late 2017- present Claimant’s counsel alleges unsuitability and misrepresentation with respect to recommendations to invest in and hold an options overlay strategy.” The customer dispute was settled for $175,000.
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