- October 13, 2022
- Centaurus Financial
Patrick Hobert (CRD#: 805680) is a registered Broker and Investment Advisor at Centaurus Financial, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA.
He entered the securities industry in 1975 and previously worked for Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc.; Brookstreet Capital Management; Brookstreet Securities Corp.; FSC Securities Corp.; Corporate Benefit Securities, Inc.; Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc.; E.F. Hutton & Co., Inc.; Southmark Financial Services, Inc.; CG Equity Sales Co.; American General Capital Planning, Inc.; Glicoa Associates, Inc.; PLA Securities Corp.; and Chubb Securities Corp.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in June 2022, a customer dispute was filed against Patrick Hobert. The FINRA sanction states, “In March 2020, the customer alleges that the Registered Representative improperly recommended a high-risk, high commission and illiquid investment.” The customer dispute is pending, and damages of $100,001 are requested.
In addition, Patrick Hobert has been the subject of 11 customer complaints, including the following:
- May 2019 — “Customer primarily alleges that the financial advisor recommended unsuitable investments in August 2014.” The customer dispute was settled for $6,500.
- February 2014 — “ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE MISREPRESENTATION AND UNSUITABLE RECOMMENDATION WHEN THE CLIENT PURCHASED THE REAL ESTATE SECURITY IN 2012.” The customer dispute was closed with no action.
- May 2006 — “ALLEGED UNSUITABILITY. DAMAGES NOT SPECIFIED.” The customer dispute was closed with no action.
- August 2004 — “ALLEGED UNSUITABILITY.” The customer dispute was closed with no action.
- January 1995 — “UNSUITABLE INVESTMENTS WHILE MR. HOBERT AT PRUDENTIAL SECURITIES AND CORPORATE BENEFIT SECURITIES.” The customer dispute was settled through arbitration.
- October 1993 — “THE ABOVE CLIENTS SUBMITTED CLAIM FORMS TO THE PSI CLAIM RESOLUTION PROCESS RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP DURING THE PERIOD OF 10-88 TO 10-89. THE ABOVE REFERENCED REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVE WAS THE BROKER OF RECORD AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. NO DAMAGES WERE ALLEGED AGAINST BROKER. INVESTORS WERE SEEKING $19,843 AND $46,301 RESPECTIVELY FROM PSI CLAIMS RESOLUTION PROCESS.” The customer dispute was settled for $33,931.
- October 1993 — “THE ABOVE CLIENTS SUBMITTED CLAIM FORMS TO THE PSI CLAIM RESOLUTION PROCESS RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP DURING THE PERIOD OF 10-88 TO 10-89. THE ABOVE REFERENCED REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVE WAS THE BROKER OF RECORD AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. NO DAMAGES WERE ALLEGED AGAINST BROKER. INVESTORS WERE SEEKING $19,843 AND $46,301 RESPECTIVELY FROM PSI CLAIMS RESOLUTION PROCESS.” The customer dispute was settled for $27,932.
- May 1989 — “UNSUITABLE INVESTMENTS ALLEDGED PRUDENTIAL SECURITIES PROPRIETARY LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS WERE UNSUITABLE INVESTMENTS.” The customer dispute was settled for $39,000.
- February 1989 — “CUSTOMER ALLEGED SHE WAS NOT SUITABLE WITH RESPECT TO HER INVESTMENT IN RAC MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORP. PRUDENTIAL-BACHE DENIED THESE ALLEGATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT DUE TO MARKET CONDITIONS ONLY THE VALUE OF CUSTOMER’S INVESTMENT HAD DECLINED.” The customer dispute was settled for $10,000.
- March 1988 — “CLIENT ALLEGED THAT MUNICIPAL BONDS SOLD AT WRONG PRICE.” The customer dispute was settled.
- October 1979 — “DATE LINED LIFE INSURANCE APPLICATION. APPLICANT WAS LICENSED TO DO BUSINESS IN STATE OF CONNECTICUT BUT PRODUCT APPLICANT SOLD WAS NOT APPROVED POLICY IN CONNECTICUT.” Patrick Hobert was subject to sanctions including a fine of $1,000 and a one-year suspension of his license imposed by the Department of Insurance in the State of Connecticut.
For a copy of Patrick Hobert’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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