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SEC Bars Ex-LPL Rep Who Stole More Than $600K From Retired Client

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  • Matthew O. Clason sold client assets and withdrew the proceeds from a joint bank account he held with the client, according to LPL.
  • The ex-broker and advisor pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in May.
  • LPL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Securities and Exchange Commission barred the ex-LPL Financial broker who the regulator had said stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a retired 73-year-old client by liquidating securities in her investment accounts and transferring the proceeds to a bank account held jointly with the client.

Matthew O. Clason of Cheshire, Connecticut, pleaded guilty in May to one count of wire fraud. The former broker and advisor pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to misappropriating more than $600,000 from the client, according to Leonard C. Boyle, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Clason recently submitted an Offer of Settlement that the SEC accepted, it said in an order filed on Tuesday.

As part of the agreement with the SEC agreed to by Clason, the SEC said it’s barring him from associating with any broker, dealer, investment advisor, municipal securities dealer, municipal advisor, transfer agent or nationally recognized statistical rating organization. Clason also agreed to be barred from participating in any offering of a penny stock.

“Any reapplication for association by the Respondent will be subject to the applicable laws and regulations governing the reentry process, and reentry may be conditioned upon a number of factors,” the SEC said in the order.

LPL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Clason was a registered representative of LPL from 2016-2020, according to his report on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s BrokerCheck website.

LPL discharged Clason Aug. 19. 2020, alleging he “maintained joint bank account with Firm customer, engaged in liquidations of securities in customer’s Firm account, transferred funds to joint bank account, and withdrew funds.”

FINRA barred Clason from the industry in September 2020. He consented to the sanction at the time without admitting or denying the findings of FINRA’s investigation.

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