NBC Securities, Inc. Broker, Marcello Lattuca, Has Had Four Customer Complaint Disclosures
Marcello Lattuca (CRD # 2149434) is a Financial Advisor at NBC Securities, Inc. in Massapequa, NY. Marcello Lattuca has been in the securities industry since 1991 and previously worked at JHS Capital Adivisors, LLC, Gunnallen Financial, Inc, and Kirlin Securities, Inc.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Marcello Lattuca has been the subject of four (4) customer complaints, alleging sales practice misconduct:
• May 2020—”CLAIMANTS ALLEGE UNSUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS, FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION, CHURNING, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION, AND BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY. EXACT DATE OF EVENTS IS NOT KNOWN BUT IS FROM PRIOR TO THE RR’S CURRENT EMPLOYMENT DATE AND CONTINUED THROUGH MARCH 2020.”
• May 2020—”CLAIMANT ALLEGES UNSUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS, FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION, CHURNING, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION BY THE FIRM, BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY, AND ELDER ABUSE. EXACT DATE RANGE IS UNKNOWN, BUT IS ALLEGED TO BE FROM 2012 THROUGH MAY 2020.
• May 2020—”CLAIMANTS ALLEGE UNSUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS, FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION, CHURNING, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION BY THE FIRM, AND BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY. EXACT DATES ARE NOT PROVIDED, BUT THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES THE CLIENTS MET THE RR IN 2013 WHILE HE WAS EMPLOYED BY JHS. CLIENTS TRANSFERRED THEIR ACCOUNTS FROM NBC SECURITIES IN MARCH/APRIL 2020.” Alleged damages are $500,000.00 and the matter remains pending.
• March 2000—”MISREPRESENTATION OF BRAZOS SPORTSWEAR, INC. BONDS PURCHASED IN 1997 AND 1998.” The matter settled for $24,000.
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• Other investments
• Financial situation and needs
• Tax status
• Investment objectives
• Time horizon
• Liquidity needs
• Risk tolerance
• Any other information disclosed by the customer
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