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31176 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication; Denied Petition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Public-Intoxication; DUI/DWI; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article Fitness-Standards
Matter Type(s): State Regulatory Action; Criminal
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) should be certified when he had a history of alcohol-related convictions and arrests.


31185 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Fiduciary Duty; Due-Diligence; Client Neglect
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he made recommendations for short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts that were unsuitable in view of the frequency and cost of the transactions, which caused clients to incur unnecessary sales charges.


29758 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended an investment strategy to an elderly client that was unsuitable because it unduly concentrated her portfolio in risky, leveraged precious metal products.


27565 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 701; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): Complaint to CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/01/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) failed to properly analyze and account for the client’s needs and cash flow, 2) failed to include the costs of the VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs in his 2001 and 2008 financial plans; 3) recommended and sold to the client unsuitable VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs; and 4) placed the bulk of the client’s assets into long-term investments with high fees and expenses although the client’s primary objective was income.

30804 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Deny Reinstatement
Keyword(s): Suitability; Reinstatement
Matter Type(s): Application-for-Reinstatement
Decision Date: 10/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a petitioner, who had his right to use the CFP® certification suspended for a period of four years (“Respondent”), has proven by clear and convincing that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with all applicable disciplinary orders and provisions of CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules, and that he is fit to use the CFP® marks.


31010 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by recommending that a client surrender of an annuity contract when Respondent did not properly estimate the cost basis of the annuity and incorrectly advised her client about the tax consequences of withdrawing funds from the annuity.


31074 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Felony-Non-Violent Crime; DUI/DWI
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); 6.5
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was convicted of Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”), which in this case was a class 4 felony because of prior misdemeanor convictions.


30337 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 500-2; 400-3; 400-1; Article 3(g); Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) made unsuitable investments on behalf of his client—resulting in an overconcentration of the client’s principal— which was in contradiction to the client’s risk tolerance and investment goals; and (2) failed to disclose the related FINRA arbitration settlement to CFP Board. 

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

16726 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Disclosure to CFP Board; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/30/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) Made exaggerated statements and improper projections about clients’ accounts; 2) Prepared and/or used documents that had not been approved by a registered principal of Respondent’s firm; 3) Failed to retain records showing which sales materials were disseminated to customers; and 4) Failed to disclose a 2003 civil suit and a 2003 National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) arbitration on the Declaration Section of his Initial Application for CFP® Certification.

16836 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Record-Keeping; Client Neglect; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) implemented an aggressive investment strategy for an elderly client (“Client”); 2) did not inform the Client that she had unrealistic investment expectations; 3) did not review the Client’s accounts after implementing the investment; and 4) did not respond to the Client’s calls.

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.

19075 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Professionalism; Commission/Compensation; Disclosure to Clients; Commingling; Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 610; 607; 703; 103(e); 702(a); Article 3(a); 201; 405; 701; 103(d); 202
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/13/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he performed financial planning services for a client’s (“Client”) father (“Client’s Father”) without providing to the Client’s Father a written financial planning agreement and written disclosures and when he received the Client’s Father’s funds through a bank account controlled by Respondent.

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.

20393 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 11/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by failing to disclose a National Association of Securities Dealers Arbitration on his Initial Certification Application.

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