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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

17262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professionalism; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Supervision; Arbitration; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 607; Article 3(e); 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) allowed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) member firm (“Firm”), of which he was the Chief Compliance Officer, to participate in securities offerings during its suspension without satisfying the requirements of the suspension; 2) allowed a representative of the Firm (“Representative”) to act as a principal when the Representative had been suspended by the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as FINRA) from acting in any principal capacity; 3) processed commissions from securities offerings through a non-member company; and 4) was subject to three FINRA arbitrations and one state securities division investigation.

18767 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a); 701; 406; Article 3(e); Article 3(d); 606(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 202; 405
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated: 1) sections of the State Securities Act by selling unregistered securities; 2) the 2004 State Securities Board (“SSB”) Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order regarding supervision; 3) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and sections of the State Securities Act by failing to fully complete forms before obtaining client signatures; 4) sections of the State Securities Act by failing to disclose required information on his Form U4 and making material misrepresentations to the State Commissioner; 5) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order by engaging in unsuitable transactions; and 6) National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules by accepting a gift and/or gratuity in excess of $100 and charging clients both investment advisory fees and prohibited commissions.

19888 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Arbitration; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he invested all of the life savings of a client in variable annuities.

19994 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Disclosure to Clients; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201; 409; 406; 607; 102; Article 3(f); 606(b); 407(a); 408
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Client Dissatisfaction; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold an interest-bearing promissory note to her client (“Client”) that she represented to the Client as a limited liability interest in a real estate investment venture.

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.

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.

21781 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Record-Keeping; Conflict of Interest; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 606(b); 606(a); 406
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he caused his firm to violate record-keeping provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

21894 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fitness; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 606(a); 606(b); 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/09/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when his employer (“Broker Dealer”) found that he had violated its policies by signing documents for a client without written authorization from the Broker Dealer and by not reporting outside activities to the Broker Dealer.

22305 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Conflict of Interest; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 201; 606(b); 409; 607
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/06/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) accepted a $100,000 loan from a client, which violated his firm's policy against borrowing from clients; 2) failed to repay the client's loan according to the original terms of the promssory note; 3) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the promissory note; 4) failed to determine whether the promissory note he executed with his client was appropriate for his client; 5) allowed the client to purchase a piece of real estate for Respondent's benefit; and 6) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the client's purchase of a piece of real estate.

22866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest; Diligence; Suitability; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 607; 202; 606(b); 201; 701; 703; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to disclose in the financial planning agreement that his employer had a material conflict of interest because it maintained “preferred supplier” relationships in which it received financial bonuses for selling the “preferred suppliers’” products that were in excess of the financial compensation it received for selling other products; 2) failed to provide the client with sufficient alternatives to his investment recommendations; 3) implemented his investment recommendations prior to presenting the client with the initial financial plan; and 4) placed a majority of the client’s assets in deferred annuities, which did not provide a regular income stream to meet the client’s projected expenses and did not meet their goal of minimizing estate taxes.

23335 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Diligence; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 701; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he repeatedly purchased securities in a non-discretionary account without authorization from the client (“Client”).

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

25530 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 201; 606(b); 6.3; 102; 202
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/03/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold a client a variable annuity, which resulted in the concentration of the client’s assets in variable annuities and 10% early withdrawal penalties on the client’s monthly withdrawals; 2) held himself out as a financial planner providing comprehensive financial planning services but did not provide financial planning services to the client; and 3) failed to notify CFP Board of a change in his contact information within 45 days, in violation of Rule 6.3.

25698 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Borrowing from Client; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 102; 606(b); 409; 607; 501; 201
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) described three private placement funds to a client as being safe and secure when they were actually highly speculative, nonpublic investments; 2) recommended and implemented a life insurance exchange for a client that resulted in more expense and less benefit for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 3) recommended and implemented an annuity exchange for a client that created a surrender penalty of approximately $21,000 for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 4) recommended three private placements to a client in which Respondent was personally invested; 5) accepted an interest-free loan from a client without executing a promissory note; and 6) forwarded a client’s contact information to the representatives of three private placements without the client’s consent.

26476 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4; 202; 1.4; 4.5; 606(b); 201; 102; 607; 1.3; 703
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he concentrated clients’ assets in private placements.

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