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30450 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Books and Records; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 2.2(b); 1.4; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to: (a) seek best execution for clients when investing them in share classes that charged 12b-1 fees despite the availability of corresponding share classes without the fees; (b) disclose in his firm’s Forms ADV and advisory agreements the conflicts of interest that existed regarding his recommendations to clients of mutual funds that contained 12b-1 fees; and (c) perform required annual compliance reviews.


30419 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Books and Records; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-13.4; Article-13.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.6; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to reasonably supervise his assistant, who had primary responsibility for preparing and processing applications and other account paperwork for customers.  Respondent’s assistant (a) altered documents relating to customer accounts, including by reusing signatures from forms that previously had been completed by customers, (b) caused the falsified forms to be maintained in the customers’ files, and (c) falsified documents to expedite transactions as an accommodation to customers (the firm’s compliance manual prohibited altering documents in the manners employed). 


30420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/25/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had clients sign blank or undated forms and allowed staff to “white-out” dates on those forms in order to reuse them for mutual fund exchanges.


28882 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/01/2014
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) executed a trade for a client at a later time and date than the client original requested; 2) misstated to the client his firm’s policy on management fees charged on cash balances; 3) directed his assistant to falsely state on a membership renewal application that he had no customer complaints within the last five years when he did; and 4) accepting a trade for a client via email.


26505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 607; 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/30/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he effectuated a series of withdrawals totaling approximately $22,000 from Client’s 401(k) account based solely on the oral instructions of her husband, despite Respondent’s previous assurances to Client that her husband had no access to the account, resulting in surrender penalties of almost $500, as well as income taxes on the withdrawals and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

30618 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in an outside business activity without properly reporting the outside business activity to, and obtaining approval from, his Firm. 


30535 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Selling Away
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold an investment to clients of his firm without providing prior written notice of his participation in the transaction or obtaining his firm’s written approval to participate in the transaction. 


30570 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he participated in private securities transactions without providing prior written notice to or obtaining approval from the Firm.   


11045 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Court Order Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(b); 607; 606(a); 701; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not respond to a complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

11390 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Misappropriation; Breach of Contract; Bankruptcy; Misrepresentation; Forgery; Customer Complaints; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 102; 606(b); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/16/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; 2) was convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol; and 3) was the subject of a series of arbitrations and customer complaints from 2001 through 2007.

12594 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Churning; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Bankruptcy; Suitability; Forgery; Employer Policy Violation; Customer Complaints; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Fitness; Disclosure to Clie
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 606(a); Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 607; 406; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) was the subject of at least five customer arbitrations alleging unsuitability, unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, churning, fraud and violations of both state and federal securities laws; 2) was alleged to have falsified customer account documents; 3) was permitted to resign from his firm due to unacceptable business practices; and 4) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

12637 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fitness; Misuse of the Marks; Settlement; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 601; 607; 4.2; 606(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in a pattern of recommending that clients invest their entire retirement savings in unsuitable variable annuities and sub-account allocations, as evidenced by four National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) arbitrations; and 2) when she used “cfp” after her name on her Web site.

13221 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Competency; Disclosure to CFP Board; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 612; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not disclose his involvement in a National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration on his Certification Renewal Application.

13449 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(a); 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended clients over-concentrate their assets in annuities; 2) failed to adequately supervise while serving as both a broker-dealer principal and compliance officer of a broker-dealer in twenty-two states with fifty brokers and five registered investment advisors; 3) violated the state securities act (“Act”) resulting in a Settlement Order (“Order”); and 4) was named in a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Arbitration.

13677 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Other Ethics; Arbitration; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 406; 606(b); 607; Article 3(a); 201; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold the major asset of his investment advisory firm for his own benefit and to the detriment of his minority shareholders, who were also investment advisory clients; 2) failed to disclose on his state insurance license renewal application that he had been named in National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) arbitrations and customer complaints; and 3) engaged in an adulterous relationship with his client while both were married.

13679 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to consider all of his clients’ financial concerns and, thus, failed to recognize the impropriety of clients of the financial advisory firm purchasing an interest in his financial advisory firm.

14399 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(a); 606(a); Article 3(e); 607; 606(b); 407(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he conducted outside business activities without disclosing them to his employer and without obtaining his employer’s approval.

14424 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Fitness; Misdemeanor
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c)
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

14547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Felony-Tax; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 607; 606(b); 606(a); Article 3(a); Article 3(c); 201; 406
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) set up a fraudulent tax scheme that he sold to clients; 2) assisted clients in filing false tax returns; 3) was convicted of tax fraud conspiracy felonies; and 4) was convicted of tax fraud felonies for his individual tax returns.

15094 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misuse of the Marks; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Diligence; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 601; 201; 704; 606(b); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended variable annuities to elderly clients; and 2) omitted the registered trademark symbol when referring to CFP® on his letterhead, certification salutations and documents.

15250 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board; Suitability; Employer Policy Violation
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/04/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was named in two customer complaints that resulted in a National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration.

15935 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Court Order Violation; Borrowing from Client; Professionalism; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/04/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he borrowed money from clients and sold unregistered securities in violation of a state consent order.

15982 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to clarify his lack of involvement in recommending and endorsing a particular investment to his clients; and 2) executed transactions on a client’s behalf without first confirming that the proper written authorization was in place.

16145 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement; Diligence; Record-Keeping; Fitness; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Competency
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 405; 402; 606(b); 607; 102
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) treated a client’s payments as nontaxable gifts rather than taxable income; 2) did not disclose the income on his 2000 and 2001 state and federal tax returns; 3) did not disclose to a client the potential for a conflict of interest in serving as the appointed trustee of a trust and as an investment adviser for the trust; 4) double and triple charged clients for services; and 5) failed to disclose commissions.

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