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By Tom Schoenberg
April 13, 2021, 4:44 PM EDT
Evan Schottenstein refused to comply with watchdog probe.
Adviser allegedly ripped off his wealthy grandma for fees.
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.
At 93, She Waged War on JPMorgan and Her Own Grandsons (and Won)
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