A former Stifel rep who was barred in March by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from acting as a broker has now agreed to pay $385,536 to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the SEC’s claim that he scammed an elderly client.
Stifel declined to comment on Tuesday. The ex-rep, Steven D. Rodemer, was registered with Stifel as a general securities representative and general securities principal from November 2011 until he was terminated by the firm Jan. 21, 2020, for taking “money from a client account for his personal use without authorization,” according to a FINRA letter of acceptance, waiver and consent he signed March 23, 2020.
Rodemer agreed to the settlement with the SEC on Thursday, the same day the SEC filed a complaint against him in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, claiming he “took advantage of his position as” the widowed client’s advisor and the “power of attorney authority she granted him, by misappropriating $451,889” of her funds.
“Rodemer used the funds for a variety of personal expenses, including to cover construction and maintenance costs on his vacation home in Breckenridge, Colorado, to pay insurance premiums, to fund an undisclosed brokerage account in his wife’s name, to make credit card payments, and to pay for a number of other miscellaneous, everyday expenses like gas and groceries,” the SEC said in the complaint.