Roanoke, VA – August 1, 2014
Lawyers with the Securities Law Firm of SHEPHERD SMITH EDWARDS & KANTAS LLP, www.sseklaw.com, are investigating claims involving Donna Tucker and UBS Financial Services, Inc. Donna Tucker worked as a broker with A.G. Edwards for four years until she joined UBS Financial Services in November of 2007. After working at UBS for about six years, Ms. Tucker was permanently barred from the industry by the Financial Institute Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). FINRA began conducting an investigation sometime in 2013, during which it requested information from Ms. Tucker. When Ms. Tucker refused to comply with that request, her license was suspended, and she was later permanently barred from working in the industry.
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Donna Tucker of operating a Ponzi scheme for almost the entire period of time she was working at UBS. According to the SEC complaint, Ms. Tucker stole over $730,000 from her clients between January 2008 and April 2013. She did this by forging checks drawn on client accounts, establishing margin loans on customer accounts without the knowledge or approval of the client, and used those funds to repay other customers. To hide her actions, she ensured that her clients only received electronic statements, which Ms. Tucker knew her elderly clients would not check, and then falsified records that did not show anything amiss. Ms. Tucker then used this money to fund a lavish lifestyle for herself, including vacations, multiple cars, expensive clothing, and a country club membership.