Paul Koch (CRD#: 1777599) is a previously registered Broker and Investment Advisor.
Paul Koch entered the securities industry in 1987 and previously worked for RBC Capital Markets, LLC; UBS Financial Services, Inc.; Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc.; John G. Kinnard & Company, Inc.; Prudential Securities, Inc.; Piper Jaffray, Inc.; and Connecticut Mutual Financial Services, 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 2022, FINRA sanctioned Paul Koch, barring him from all capacities indefinitely beginning March 16, 2022. The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Koch consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into an amended Form U5 filed by Koch’s member firm disclosing allegations that he recommended risky and unsuitable investments in various outside business ventures where his wife was a partial owner, and that Koch and his wife diverted funds from the outside investments and accounts for their personal gain. The findings stated that although Koch initially cooperated with FINRA’s investigation, he ceased doing so.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.
In addition, Paul Koch has been the subject of three customer complaints, including the following:
- October 2021 — “Mr. Koch provided the Firm with information indicating that at the time of his voluntary resignation he was the subject of an investigation by the United States Secret Service concerning possible misconduct.”
- February 2021 — “The Financial Advisor is not named as a defendant in the federal lawsuit, but is the subject of certain allegations in the federal lawsuit that he was an alter ego of defendants involved in breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and conversion of funds.” The customer dispute was settled for $100.
- May 2019 — “Time frame: July 2011-October 2018 Allegations: The Claimants and their LLC allege that the FA recommended risky and unsuitable investments in various outside business ventures where his wife was a partial owner in janitorial businesses, second hand clothing stores, hair cut establishments, housing developments and venture capital enterprises. They also allege that the FA and his wife diverted funds from these outside investments and accounts for their personal gain. A First Amended Statement of Claim has been received alleging a breach in fiduciary duties. The claims related to these investments are for recovery of damages related to theft, conversion, and/or misappropriation that may have been related to the investments.” The customer dispute was settled for $3.75M.
- December 2005 — “CLIENT ALLEGES THAT THE PURCHASE OF ETW WAS MISREPRESENTED -SEPTEMBER 2005. DAMAGES UNSPECIFIED.” The customer dispute was denied.
For a copy of Paul Koch’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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