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LPL Financial LLC Broker, Matthew Clason, Is The Subject Of An SEC Enforcement Action For Allegedly Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From A Client

Matthew Clason (CRD # 4692266) is a Financial Advisor at LPL Financial LLC in Glastonbury, CT. Matthew Clason has been in the securities industry since 2004. He was also a registered broker at Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation and American General Securities Incorporated during his career.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on September 1, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Philip Conley alleging “that this case concerns theft of assets from a retired retail investor by an investment professional. From at least December 2018 to present, investment adviser Matthew O. Clason (“Clason”) stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a client of the investment adviser and broker dealer firms with which he was associated. Clason had cultivated a personal relationship with this client and, during this period, sold securities managed on the client’s behalf to fund transfers to a joint bank account held in the names of the client and Clason. Clason then made numerous cash withdrawals from that joint bank account at multiple bank branches. Clason’s securities sales, transfer of the proceeds to the joint bank account, and numerous, large cash withdrawals from the joint account were neither known to nor approved by the client. Clason thus exploited a personal relationship with and breached his fiduciary duty to the client to perpetrate his fraud and misappropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars. Through this conduct, Clason has violated and, unless enjoined, will continue to violate Sections 206(1) and 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”). Based on these violations, the Commission seeks: (1) entry of a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, order freezing assets, expedited discovery, an accounting, and order for other equitable relief in the form submitted with the Commission’s motion for such relief; (2) entry of a permanent injunction prohibiting Clason from further violations of the relevant provisions of the federal securities laws; (3) disgorgement of the money he misappropriated, plus pre-judgment interest; and (4) imposition of civil monetary penalties based on the egregious nature of Clason’s violations.”

For a copy of the SEC’s Complaint, click here

For a copy of Matthew Clason’s CRD, click here

Broker theft is a growing concern in the financial services industry. Brokerage firms must have a system of supervision in place to monitor transactions and disbursements from brokerage accounts. To the extent a brokerage firm does not properly discharge its supervisory duties, it may be held responsible for unlawful or unauthorized distributions from the account.

Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients. To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.

The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration on a contingency fee basis. Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities. Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters. We can be reached at 800.931.8452 or by email at mwolper@wolperlawfirm.com.

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