Former Stifel Nicolaus & Company broker Stephen Hurtuk is facing allegations of selling his customers unsuitable investments.
Though he is no longer registered to work with a FINRA member firm, Stephen Hurtuk spent 39 years working in the securities industry. He was registered with Stifel Nicolaus & Company out of Boardman, Ohio from 2007 to October 2017.
According to his FINRA report, Hurtuk has two pending disputes from June 2018 alleging that he knowingly placed customers in speculative stock while taking no action to minimize their financial losses. He also has been the subject of three prior customer disputes that have already been settled from May and June of 2016 that alleged over-concentration, failure to diversify customer portfolios, unsuitability, and putting customers in speculative stocks which resulted in financial losses. Hurtuk also filed bankruptcy in 2009.
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