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by Richard Eisenberg – May 28, 2021
‘Friends Talk Money’ podcast hosts share cautionary advice based on the Beverley Schottenstein story.
The Beverley Schottenstein $80 million elder financial fraud story is one you won’t believe. But, as my “Friends Talk Money” podcast co-hosts and I explained in our two latest episodes, it’s one you need to know about to protect your parents from becoming victims themselves.
Schottenstein, 94, recently won $19 million in her arbitration case against J.P. Morgan Securities and her grandsons Avi and Evan Schottenstein, her brokers there for five years, ostensibly managing her millions. (Schottenstein is matriarch of the family’s Columbus, Ohio retail dynasty, whose stores included Value City and American Eagle Outfitters AEO -1.5%.)
Problem is, the grandsons wouldn’t tell their grandmother what stocks they were buying and selling. They made hundreds of transactions this way, Schottenstein said. Read more
By Tom Schoenberg – February 17, 2021
Beverley Schottenstein was 93 years old when she decided to go to war with the biggest bank in the U.S.
It was a June day, and the Atlantic shimmered beyond the balcony of her Florida condominium. Beverley studied an independent review of her accounts as family and lawyers gathered around a table and listened in by phone. The document confirmed her worst fears: Her two financial advisers at JPMorgan Chase & Co., who oversaw more than $80 million for her, had run up big commissions putting her money in risky investments they weren’t telling her about. It was the latest red flag about the bankers. There had been missing account statements. Document shredding. Unexplained credit-card charges.
Although some relatives urged Beverley not to make waves, she was resolute. What the money managers did was wrong, she told the group. They needed to pay, she said. Even though they were her own grandsons.
And pay they did. With the help of her lawyers, Beverley dragged her grandsons and JPMorgan in front of arbitrators from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra. She sought as much as $69 million. After testimony that spread over months and ended in January, the panel issued a swift decision in Beverley’s favor. Read more
By Tom Schoenberg
April 13, 2021, 4:44 PM EDT
A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. financial adviser accused of trading his wealthy grandmother’s assets without her knowledge has been barred from working as a broker by the industry’s watchdog, according to information on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s website.
Evan Schottenstein, without admitting or denying the findings, agreed to the sanction after Finra concluded he wasn’t complying with its investigation into whether he committed misconduct while managing about $80 million for Beverley Schottenstein when she was a client of JPMorgan for nearly five years.
He refused to provide on-the-record testimony to Finra investigators, according to an April 7 addition to his broker report.
Schottenstein and his younger brother Avi were dismissed from JPMorgan in 2019 after their grandmother accused them and the bank of putting her money in risky investments without her knowledge so they could charge high fees and commissions. She also said her name had been forged on financial documents. She brought an arbitration case against them seeking as much as $69 million in damages.
In February, an arbitration panel ruled in her favor, finding the brothers and the bank’s J.P. Morgan Securities LLC unit liable for abusing their fiduciary duty and making fraudulent misrepresentations. The arbitrators also found the bank and Evan Schottenstein liable for elder abuse. Read more
Feb 17, 2021
Beverley Schottenstein said two grandsons who managed her money at JPMorgan Chase & Co. forged documents, ran up commissions with inappropriate trading and made her miss tens of millions of dollars in gains. So she decided to teach them all a lesson. View this video by clicking the image to the left or the link above.
By Jim Weiker – Feb 17 2021
Beverley Schottenstein isn’t exactly sure when she suspected her grandsons were cheating her.
Perhaps it was when they shredded her bank statements. Or maybe it was when she discovered they had created an email account in her name. Or when she noticed hundreds of thousands of dollars spent from her account.
But by the end of 2018, Schottenstein, a member of one of central Ohio’s most prominent families, was confident something was wrong.
The following year, she made the momentous decision to take action against her own family members, grandsons Evan and Avi Schottenstein, and their employer, JPMorgan Securities, for mishandling an account worth more than $80 million.
“For a long time, I was suspicious and I wasn’t at the same time. I just didn’t want to believe this,” said the 94-year-old widow of Alvin Schottenstein, part of the family that built a central Ohio retail fortune through Schottenstein Stores, Value City Furniture, DSW, Big Lots and American Eagle Outfitters.
“You don’t want to think your own grandkids are going to steal from you, but they were really doing this.” Read more
By All Sides Staff – Feb 24, 2021
A financial industry arbitrator in early February sided with Beverley Schottenstein in an elder abuse case, ordering her two grandsons and JP Morgan Chase to pay her $19 million.
Evan and Avi Schottenstein handled their grandmother’s fortune, valued at more than $80 million, until JP Morgan let them go. Through their attorney, they said they acted in accordance with her wishes.
By Jake Martin – June 9, 2021
Negotiations have broken down to settle a multimillion dollar, intrafamily dispute between retail matriarch Beverley B. Schottenstein and her grandsons, former J.P. Morgan Securities brokers accused of unauthorized trading in her account and elder abuse, according to a court filing.
Attorneys for the nonagenarian petitioner on Tuesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida seeking to reopen the case to confirm her high-profile $19 million arbitration award, rendered in February by a panel of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators against her grandsons, Evan A. and Avi E. Schottenstein, and their former employer.
A written agreement of settlement has failed to materialize despite an oral agreement the Schottensteins had reached in March, according to the filing. Read more
Feb. 9, 2021, by Jay Cridlin
A financial arbitration group has awarded nearly $19 million to a 94-year-old Bal Harbour woman who claimed her two grandsons, then brokers at JP Morgan Securities, mishandled her money by forging her signature and making unauthorized purchases.
Beverly Schottenstein, whose family fortune came from a string of retail chains, including DSW, American Eagle Outfitters and American Signature Furniture, filed the complaint through the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency, or FINRA, a non-governmental organization that enforces rules and settles disputes involving stock broker-dealers. Read more
By Lynnley Browning – June 9, 2021
So much for trying to make amends with family.
A multimillion-dollar battle has flared up again between a wealthy Florida grandmother and her two grandsons whom she accused of mishandling her money while working at J.P. Morgan Securities, a new court filing shows.
Beverley Schottenstein, 94, the heir to a retail empire that grew to include stakes in shoe retailer DSW and clothing chain American Eagle Outfitters, moved June 8 to reopen her high-profile lawsuit against her grandsons in a Miami federal court, records show.
Her filing is the first since March 18, when she put on hold her civil lawsuit against brothers Evan and Avi Schottenstein, her grandsons, following an arrangement by the parties to resolve things outside of a courtroom. That truce broke down, and the gloves are now off, according to her latest filing in Florida’s Southern District. Read more