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“A hundred retired policemen have said to me, ‘You must be the smartest guy in the world. Or the dumbest guy in the world. Because you have all our money, and we know where you live, and we all carry guns.’”


-Austin Dutton

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Who is Austin Dutton? | Austin Dutton Lawsuit


Austin Dutton was the Doylestown, PA broker who marketed real estate securities to clients that included Philadelphia police officers and firefighters. Dutton promised that these investments would have attractive yields, but proved difficult to market when the time came to sell. Now, he’s back in business: Dutton has joined South Carolina’s Sandlapper Securities and also operates Bridge Valley Financial Services, LLC.


Dutton recently transitioned from Newbridge Securities Corp. and Center Street Securities, Inc. to join Sandlapper Securities in September 2017; this transition came after the Pennsylvania Securities Commission imposed a record $499,000 fine on Newbridge Securities, his previous employer from 2007-2017, for failing to “maintain a reasonable system for applying and enforcing written procedures” in derivative securities sales from 2012-2016.


After exiting Newbridge, Dutton was briefly affiliated with Tennessee’s Center Street Securities. The week after Newbridge was fined, Dutton faced his own $200,000 fine from the state of Pennsylvania; the state securities commission found he engaged in “dishonest or unethical practices in the securities business” by recommending an investment “without reasonable grounds to believe that the transaction or recommendation was suitable for the customer.”


Upon exiting Newbridge Securities, Dutton spent less than two months with Center Street Securities. Shortly thereafter, he joined Sandlapper Securities in September.


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Austin Dutton Claims | Austin Dutton Lawsuit

According to Joseph N. DiStefano of, “Once an available investment personality who pitched his products in FOP publications, free dinner meetings, and on radio programs as an alternative to mainstream pensions and stock funds, Dutton declined to discuss the recent changes.”


According to the Consent Agreement, the$499,000 fine levied against Dutton’s prior employer (Newbridge Securities) is solely for the failure to reasonably supervise Dutton; specifically, it is due to a failure to reasonably supervise Dutton’s sales of structured products. Additionally, Dutton was personally fined $200,000 in a separate action for misconduct, dishonest practices, and unethical practices in the securities business related to those same sales.


Even more concerning, “On Sept. 29, Sandlapper [Securities] (Dutton’s current employer) and its two top executives, Trevor Lee Gordon and Jack Charles Bixler, were served with a disciplinary complaint by FINRA, which accused them of imposing $8 million in “fraudulent markups” on investors in saltwater fracking waste wells in Texas’ Permian Basin energy development region. The complaint was first reported by Bruce Kelly at InvestmentNews.”


Peiffer Wolf is currently investigating the sales practices of both Dutton and Newbridge Securities. We are concerned with their sale of structured products to both current and former clients. Concerns about possible broker misconduct and investment fraud are serious, and we are committed to fighting on behalf of investors. Contact Us Today for a FREE Consultation. (585) 310-5140

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Concerns About Misconduct or Fraud? | Austin Dutton Lawsuit


Peiffer Wolf has represented thousands of victims of investment fraud, against both brokers and financial institutions that failed to adequately perform their duties and protect the investing public. Broker misconduct or investment fraud can take many forms.  Some are easy to detect, and others require careful investigation and analysis.  We represent investors who have been victim to broker misconduct or other fraudulent investment activities.


If you believe that you were a victim of broker misconduct or investment fraud, it is important to take immediate action.  Contact the attorneys of Peiffer Wolf today by filling out an online Contact Form or by calling (585) 310-5140 to schedule your FREE Case Evaluation.

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