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Maczko Barred from FINRA for Taking Advantage of Elderly Customers

(FINRA Case #2016050430201)

Matthew Christopher Maczko (CRD #1888519, Downers Grove, Illinois) submitted an Accept, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Maczko consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he engaged in excessive trading in an elderly customer’s accounts.

The findings stated that Maczko effectively controlled these accounts, which had an average aggregate value of $3 million. Maczko’s transactions in these accounts generated approximately $581,650 in commissions, $84,270 in other fees, and approximately $397,000 in trading losses. This level of trading was unsuitable for the customer given her investment profile, including her age, risk tolerance and income needs.

The findings also stated that Maczko provided inaccurate and misleading testimony to FINRA. Maczko testified that he had not spoken with two customers since his termination earlier that month. However, a review of Maczko’s telephone records revealed that he had in fact spoken with these customers by telephone several times after his termination from Well Fargo Advisors in September 2016.

Maczko had a total of 6 Customer Disputes filed with FINRA going back as far as 1999.  Two disputes were denied and four were setteled.

If you feel you have been misled or taken advantage by Matthew Maczko or any Broker and wish to discuss legal action, please contact Darren Blum at 1-877-786-2552 (1-877-STOCK LAW), for a free consultation.

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