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When Ezio Lombardi responded to a radio ad pitching a great new investment, the 50-year-old railroad mechanic from Denver thought he couldn't miss. Commonwealth Financial Group of Florida convinced the Italian immigrant he could earn back money lost in a penny-stock scam involving another company. But four months later, Lombardi's $92,000 stake had withered to just $6,000, with nearly half his funds eaten up by commissions.

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