John Nicholas Terzis, Formerly of LPL Financial, Barred by FINRA Following Allegations of Borrowing Money From an Elderly Customer

INVESTORS: Former LPL Financial broker John Nicholas Terzis was barred by FINRA following allegations he borrowed $200,000 from a 69-year-old ailing client.

John Nicholas Terzis (CRD: 1805020) was registered as a broker with LPL Financial from 2008 until 2022. Previously, Terzis was registered as a broker with IFMG Securities from 2006 until 2008.

Terzis has four disclosures on his BrokerCheck report. One customer dispute filed against Terzis was denied.


December 2022 Regulatory Judgment

Initiated By: FINRA

Allegations: Without admitting or denying the findings, Terzis consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that pursuant to a ten-year written promissory note, he borrowed $200,000 from one of his customers, a 69-year-old senior who had health issues, without first notifying or obtaining approval from his member firm. The findings stated that to facilitate the borrowing, Terzis assisted the customer with transferring funds to her personal bank account. For almost two years Terzis made monthly payments on the loan but ceased making payments thereafter. Given his financial circumstances at the time he borrowed the money, Terzis did not have a reasonable expectation of being able to repay the loan in full. In addition, Terzis falsely stated in response to a firm compliance questionnaire that he had not issued or participated in any promissory notes outside of the firm and had not solicited clients to lend funds.

Resolution: Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC)

Bar: Bar (Permanent)

Registration Capacities Affected:  All Capacities

Duration: Indefinite

Start Date: 12/23/2022


February 2022 Employment Separation After Allegations

Firm Name: LPL Financial LLC

Termination Type: Discharged

Allegations: Failed to timely disclose loan arrangement with customer to Firm.


December 2021 Customer Dispute

Status: Pending

Allegations: Through attorney, client alleges misappropriation of funds in excess of $5k; Time period of claim: 12/19/2019- 01/06/2020

Damage Amount Requested: $200,000.00


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