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SOURCE Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP
ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyers with the Securities Law Firm of SHEPHERD SMITH EDWARDS & KANTAS LLP, www.sseklaw.com, are investigating claims involving Donna Tucker and UBS Financial Services, Inc. Donna Tucker worked as a broker with A.G. Edwards for four years until she joined UBS Financial Services in November of 2007. After working at UBS for about six years, Ms. Tucker was permanently barred from the industry by the Financial Institute Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"). FINRA began conducting an investigation sometime in 2013, during which it requested information from Ms. Tucker. When Ms. Tucker refused to comply with that request, her license was suspended, and she was later permanently barred from working in the industry.
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Donna Tucker of operating a Ponzi scheme for almost the entire period of time she was working at UBS. According to the SEC complaint, Ms. Tucker stole over $730,000 from her clients between January 2008 and April 2013. She did this by forging checks drawn on client accounts, establishing margin loans on customer accounts without the knowledge or approval of the client, and used those funds to repay other customers. To hide her actions, she ensured that her clients only received electronic statements, which Ms. Tucker knew her elderly clients would not check, and then falsified records that did not show anything amiss. Ms. Tucker then used this money to fund a lavish lifestyle for herself, including vacations, multiple cars, expensive clothing, and a country club membership.
As a result of these actions, there have already been a number of claims made by former clients of Donna Tucker, including allegations of forged documentation, theft, unsuitable investments, problems with margin loans, and more. UBS has settled a number of these claims already. It is likely that many of Donna Tucker's former clients were affected by her fraudulent and improper actions. As such, people who currently or in the past have held brokerage accounts with Donna Tucker should carefully review their accounts to ensure that there were not problems. Contact the law firm of Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas LLP for an evaluation of your account to determine if you might have a claim to attempt to recover some or all of your losses. All communications will be kept strictly confidential, and you will not be billed in any way for a consultation.
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP has a team of attorneys, consultants and staff with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and in securities law. For more than two decades, our firm has represented thousands of investors nationwide to recover losses. We have represented clients in Federal and state courts and in arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Stock Exchange Inc. (NYSE), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in private arbitration actions.