Complaint Pending Against Former Aegis Capital Broker Robert Buffington Alleging Investment Loss
Robert Buffington (CRD#: 5220332) is a previously registered Broker.
He entered the securities industry in 2007 and previously worked for Aegis Capital Corp.; Gunnallen Financial, Inc.; Maxim Group, LLC; and Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in March 2020, a customer dispute was filed against Robert Buffington, and damages of $642,224 were requested. The allegation states, “TIME FRAME: UNSPECIFIED. CLAIMANT ALLEGES UNSUITABILITY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY.” The customer dispute is pending.
In addition, Robert Buffington has been the subject of three customer complaints, including the following:
- January 2020–“TIME FRAME: UNSPECIFIED. CLAIMANT ALLEGES UNSUITABILITY, CHURNING, COMMON LAW FRAUD, BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT.” The customer dispute was settled for $335,000.
- January 2020–“TIME FRAME: NOVEMBER 2018- PRESENT. CLAIMANT ALLEGES UNSUITABLITY, COMMON LAW FRAUD, CHURNING, BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY.” The customer dispute was settled for $315,000.
- February 2018–“TIME FRAME: UNSPECIFIED. CLAIMANT ALLEGES UNAUTHORIZED TRADING AND UNSUITABLE INVESTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.” The customer dispute was settled for $136,982.43
For a copy of Robert Buffington’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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