Stifel Named in Civil Case Towards Advisor Charged With Strangling Girlfriend

On the identical time, the plaintiff noticed Woolworth was “very inebriated, as evidenced by his candid admission of the identical and slurred speech,” the grievance says. She expressed concern to Woolworth about “his stage of intoxication and insisted that this conduct, which was recurring, was unacceptable and must cease if their relationship was to proceed.” 

At that time, the grievance alleges, Woolworth “flew right into a rage, got here as much as [her] face,” and insulted her. “In his rage, [he] then bodily assaulted and battered” Lenzo and smashed her cellphone, in line with the grievance. Woolworth additionally “charged at Plaintiff, pinned her in opposition to the door, and proceeded to strangle her,” the grievance says.

Lenzo referred to as the police on a neighbor’s telephone, the grievance says. 

Woolworth was charged with strangulation within the second diploma, a Class D felony in New York, in line with his Monetary Trade Regulatory Authority BrokerCheck profile. 

Lenzo is demanding judgment in opposition to Woolworth, Stifel Monetary Corp. and Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., together with compensatory and punitive damages. Causes of motion cited within the grievance are civil assault and battery in opposition to Woolworth, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional duress by Woolworth, negligence in opposition to the Stifel defendants and negligent supervision and retention by the Stifel defendants.

Stifel and Woolworth didn’t reply to ThinkAdvisor’s requests for remark. Woolworth’s subsequent court docket date is Might 16, 2024, and he expects the cost to be dismissed, he stated in a touch upon his BrokerCheck profile.

Woolworth remains to be registered at Stifel, the place he has been a dealer since 2012, in line with his BrokerCheck profile.

He served as a dealer for Morgan Stanley and, in 2012, joined Stifel, the place he served as a dealer and advisor.

In response to an Oct. 4, 2012, disclosure on his report, Morgan Stanley discharged him over “considerations ensuing from worker’s marking of transactions in his private securities account as ‘unsolicited’ and his introduction of a non-public placement not supplied by the agency.”

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