Craig Zabala (Craig Anthony Zabala) was a registered broker with John W. Loofburrow Associates, Inc. and the founder and chairman of The Concorde Group, Inc. Craig Zabala was barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with a broker-dealer firm by FINRA in 2019. Peiffer Wolf is currently investigating Craig Zabala of The Concorde Group, Inc. and John W. Loofburrow Associates, Inc.
According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website, “between February 2015 and August 2019, Zabala raised approximately $4.38 million from 17 investors throughout the United States, purportedly to develop Concorde into a merchant bank for mid-sized companies and to invest in affiliate entities. As alleged in the complaint, Zabala misrepresented to investors that Concorde had raised more than $24 million and was close to completing a $25 million offering.”
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According to FINRA’s BrokerCheck website for Public Disclosures, Craig Zabala is the subject of 2 disclosures. In addition to being barred from the industry by FINRA in August 2019, Zabala is currently facing a civil suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the SEC’s allegations, “After obtaining investments in Holdings, Zabala promptly misappropriated approximately $3.17 million — or 72% — of the investor funds. Specifically, he misused approximately $1.97 million for his and McCarthy’s personal use and another approximately $1.2 million to make Ponzi-like payments to the investors of Holdings’ parent company, Concorde Group, Inc.”
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Prior to John W. Loofburrow Associates, Inc., Zabala had been a registered broker with Torisello Securities Inc., Intercoastal Financial Services Corp., Independent Securities Investors Corp., Brean Murray & Co., Allmerica Investments, Inc., Trautman Wasserman & Company, Inc., and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorp.FINRA maintains a database of investor complaints and disciplinary and employment history for registered representatives and publishes some of this information on its BrokerCheck website, www.brokercheck.finra.org.