New SRO stated Yamamoto was servicing the accounts of two aged purchasers, one 77 and the opposite 69 years outdated, in 2018. They have been updating their wills on the time, and he acted as a liaison between the purchasers and the lawyer drafting the paperwork.
He reportedly requested that the 2 purchasers go away him legacies amounting to $350,000 and $150,000, respectively. He additionally requested that they consult with him as their “good friend” reasonably than “monetary advisor” of their wills. The 2 purchasers agreed, and requested the lawyer to incorporate these intentions.
Yamamoto “didn’t surrender the legacies, inform [the clients] that he couldn’t settle for the legacies,” or inform his agency that he had been named as a recipient of their wills, in line with the MFDA.
Round July 2020, the 2 purchasers bought their residence for roughly $5 million. Yamamoto then requested them to instantly present him with the complete quantities of their legacies to him so he might buy a house. They declined to present him the cash.
About one week later, Yamamoto supplied the purchasers with letters addressed to the lawyer the place he requested to be eliminated as a beneficiary from their wills. He additionally offered an bill demanding cost of $67,800 plus taxes for private providers he supplied them, and one other bill demanding that they pay virtually $600,000 for unspecified providers.