Broker Austin Dutton Suspended after 29 Customer Complaints
The White Law Group continues to investigate potential claims involving financial advisor Austin Dutton and his former employer Newbridge Securities. If you have suffered losses investing with Austin Dutton, the securities attorneys at the White Law Group may be able to help you.
Financial Advisor Austin R. Dutton Jr. (CRD#: 2739167) has a staggering number of customer complaints filed against him – 29 with two currently pending, according to his broker profile at BrokerCheck.org. Allegations include unsuitability, negligence and misrepresentation, among others.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) launched its initial investigation on March 29, 2021, making a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against Dutton alleging violations of FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010; and violations of FINRA Rules 4511 and 2010. He has reportedly been suspended twice. In July 2023, FINRA suspended Dutton indefinitely after he “failed to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.”
According to various reports, Dutton’s customer were reportedly Philadelphia city employees, including firefighters and police officers. He reportedly held promotional events for the police union, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP 5); and for firefighter members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF – Local 22). He also reportedly marketed to the Philadelphia police union.
In July 2017, Dutton was reportedly fined $200,000 for allegations of “dishonest or unethical practices in the securities business,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. The Pennsylvania state regulator also reportedly fined Newbridge Securities $499,000 for failing to supervise a broker in connection with sales of structured products to his clients in the state.
FINRA BrokerCheck – Austin Dutton
According to his broker profile, Austin Dutton was affiliated with the following firms during his career in the securities industry, among others:
05/27/2020 – 01/07/2022, AMERICAN TRUST INVESTMENT SERVICES, INC. (CRD#:3001), Doylestown, PA,
05/22/2019 – 06/04/2020, PRIMEX (CRD#:29394), NEW YORK, NY
07/21/2017 – 09/07/2017, CENTER STREET SECURITIES, INC. (CRD#:26898), DOYLESTOWN, PA
08/08/2007 – 08/10/2017, NEWBRIDGE SECURITIES CORPORATION (CRD#:104065), DOYLESTOWN, PA
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Potential Lawsuits to Recover Investment Losses
Brokerage firms are required to properly supervise their advisors. They must ensure that those advisors are complying with applicable FINRA rules and regulations. If it can be demonstrated that Austin Dutton’s former employers failed to properly supervise him, the firm may be held responsible for the losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.
If you are concerned about your investments with Austin Dutton and Newbridge Securities and would like a free consultation to discuss your litigation options, please call The White Law Group at 1-888-637-5510.
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