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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.


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.

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.

16502 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); Article 3(a); 102; 704; 606(b); 607; 201; 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold promissory notes without receiving prior approval from his firm, resulting in: 1) a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) bar; 2) two terminations; and 3) two civil suits being filed against him.

18861 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; Article 3(a); 607; 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately completed a health insurance application for a client (“Client”), leading to rescission of the Client’s coverage and Respondent’s violation of a state statutory provision.

21365 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Supervision; Record-Keeping; Advertising; Misrepresentation; Continuing Education Violation; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(b); 101(a); 705; 701; 401(a); 606(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority investigation showed that he and his company violated securities laws related to the sale of securities on military bases.

21403 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Unauthorized Transaction; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/14/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she executed trades in a trust account without the trustee’s authorization.

21530 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 102; 607; 201; 606(b); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he advised and assisted his clients in falsely reporting their federal income tax liabilities.

21718 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 701; 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/05/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) corrected a trading error in a client’s account by reimbursing the client from his own personal funds, rather than following firm policy with respect to resolving trading errors; and 2) traded a security in his personal securities account ahead of trading the same security in a client’s account.

22183 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misuse of the Marks; Settlement; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 601; 606(b); 607; Article 3(a); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/03/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he lied to his employer about his use of prohibited solicitation materials, resulting in a Letter of Caution from the National Association of Securities Dealers.

22350 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Previous Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board; Securities Laws Violation; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 12.2; Article 3(e); 406; 606(b); 607; 606(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Professionalism
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he performed supervisory functions without proper registration and received a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) suspension and fine as a result.

22374 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Felony-Non-Violent Crime
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court; Professionalism; Criminal Court
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not disclose a felony conviction as required by his state department of insurance.

22879 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; Article 3(a); 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/17/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to comply with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA,” formerly National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) rules relating to the approval and content of advertisements.

23966 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Outside Business Activity; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 409; 606(a); 606(b); Article 3(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) engaged in outside business activity without providing prompt written notice to his firm; and 2) entered into a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) wherein he consented to a 10-day suspension from association with any FINRA member and a $5,000 fine.

24148 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Supervision; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/01/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to adequately supervise a registered representative’s (“Representative”) conduct in a private placement offering managed by the Representative; 2) entered into a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA,” f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) wherein he consented to a 15-day suspension and a $10,000 fine; and 3) failed to disclose the 15-day suspension to CFP Board within 10 calendar days of receiving notification of the suspension.

24269 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure to Register
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(a); 606(b); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/16/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) conducted business as an investment advisor in the state without being properly registered; 2) failed to properly renew his employee’s investment adviser representative license for one year; 3) failed to timely file an annual amendment to his firm’s Form ADV; and 4) failed to timely amend the firm’s Form ADV after making material changes to the Form ADV Part II.

24272 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Misrepresentation; Fitness; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline; Revocation of Other Professional License; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(e); 102; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(a); 607; 701; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he she improperly notarized a power of attorney and had her notary license revoked as a result.

24874 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) violated National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD", now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or "FINRA") Conduct Rules 2510(b) and 2110; 2) signed a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent ("AWC") wherein he accepted the findings of the NASD Rule violations; and 3) consented to a $10,000 fine and suspension from association with any FINRA member for a period of 20 business days.

24933 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Unauthorized Transaction; Professionalism; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 6.5; 2.2(b)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) made unauthorized trades by liquidating a deceased client’s trust account causing the trust to incur commissions; 2) was unaware that the bank trustee could have contacted the broker-dealer directly to avoid transaction costs; and 3) agreed to accept $200,000 as a beneficiary of the client’s trust account, while maintaining his role advisor to the trust.

25775 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 5.1; 6.5; Article 3(a); 704; 102; 201; 607; 4.4; 606(b); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) stated an annual income figure for a client on that client’s account application which he knew to be inaccurate, causing his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate and in violation of NASD Rules 3110 and 2110; 2) recommended to a client that she purchase a variable universal life insurance policy with an annual premium of $10,000 when Respondent knew that the client was unemployed; and 3) was placed on heightened supervision by his firm for violation of the firm’s lending policy and for failure to comply with firm policies and procedures relating to following pre-approval restrictions by accepting a trade on a client’s account from an unauthorized third party; and 4) was terminated by his firm for violating firm policy regarding use of discretion and accepting a trade from an unauthorized party.

26436 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 607; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent ("AWC") with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA", formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or "NASD") in which he consented to a fine and suspension from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for a period of one month; and 2) failed to disclose the suspension to CFP Board within 10 days.

26933 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Continuing Education Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 606(a); 606(b); 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he received a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA” previously known as National Association of Securities Dealers “NASD”) suspension and $5,000 fine for using an answer key to complete a Long-Term Care (“LTC”) Continuing Education (“CE”) examination.

28190 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Continuing Education Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 606(a); 201; 606(b); 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 03/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) allowed an individual to sign roster sheets indicating that he had attended insurance CE class sessions taught by Respondent, when the individual had not; and 2) provided the same individual with State Insurance Department course completion certificates for courses the individual had not completed.

28679 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 302; 701; 606(a); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to have his wife file a tax return for the 2005 tax year and therefore did not report a possible gain based on the differential between the remaining debt on the promissory note and the adjusted tax basis of a property; 2) failed to generate records to sufficiently document his mother’s intentions as proof of the legitimacy a 2003 tax deferred exchange; 3) failed to seek a formal independent third-party review of the 1031 exchange; and 4) provided financial guidance and assistance to his mother in 2003 regarding Medicaid planning although he lacked the requisite knowledge regarding Medicaid and did not seek an independent third-party review of his plan.

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