Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK”), a law firm specializing in representing wronged investors, is looking into allegations made by FINRA in a recent AWC filing against Booth. In February 2018 LPL acquired INVEST. Booth had been working at INVEST since 2005 and has been a broker since 1988. In the AWC it is alleged that Booth received client assets with the promise of investing said assets on behalf of the clients. Booth instead used client assets for his own personal use and never actually invested the assets.
According to Booth’s official record or CRD, he has 25 disclosures or claims against him. This is an unusually high number, and generally indicates poor supervision. Almost all of the complaints are on the violative conduct listed above. According to the FINRA CRD report, most of his former clients complain of a “Ponzi scheme using multiple shell companies.”
LPL fired Booth, and according to LPL this was done after Booth admitted to misappropriation of multiple client’s assets for his own use. It should be noted that FINRA has also barred Booth from the industry and can no longer act as a stockbroker or advisor under FINRA.