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31039 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Forgery; Forged-Client-Signatures
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination; Employer Action; Customer Complaint; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered customer signatures on automated customer account transfer forms and mutual fund switch forms to process transactions.


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.


30941 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Employer Action
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed a client’s name on two checks without her knowledge or permission and presented the checks to his firm for deposit without obtaining the firm’s permission for signing on the client’s behalf.


30719 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Equitable-Principles-of-Trade; Professionalism; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 6.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, on four occasions, telephoned insurance company’s annuity service departments and impersonated two clients who held equity index annuities with the company.

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.


22505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Breach of Contract; Confidentiality; Forgery; Advertising; Misrepresentation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); 607; 503; 406; 102; Article 3(a); 501; 606(b); 201
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/22/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) forged a client’s signature by cutting and pasting the signature from one document to another; 2) disclosed client information to third parties without authorization from the client; 3) mailed a solicitation in potential violation of a non-compete agreement between an employee and the employee’s former firm; 4) misrepresented to his partner that he had sought the advice of counsel prior to mailing the solicitation; and 5) received a 15-day professional suspension from a state regulator.

23714 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Advertising; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 606(b); 2.1; 6.5; 609; 201; Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) prepared a financial review without holding a valid Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) license, as required by state law; 2) communicated misleading information directly related to his professional qualifications and services when he advertised himself as a CPA despite not being licensed in the state in which he practiced; and 3) violated an agreement with the state requiring him to not represent himself as a public accountant and/or engage in the practice of accounting until he received a valid CPA license in the state.

24154 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) executed a trade without the client’s written authorization; 2) emailed an updated Form ADV to a client; and 3) provided investment advice to an associate by email.

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.

27092 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Commission/Compensation; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation; Misuse of the Marks; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; 2.1; 4.5; 6.1; Article 3(a); 6.5; 1.4; 4.3; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/09/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) sold allegedly unsuitable insurance policies to his financial planning clients; 2) communicated to clients and prospective clients allegedly misleading information related to client testimonials, the registration status of his firm (“Respondent’s Firm”), and his compensation; 3) was terminated by Firm due to his use of client testimonials, failure to disclose outside business activities, and advertising violations; 4) violated State securities laws related to registration of his business entities, disclosure of outside business activities, client testimonials, and disclosure of his criminal charge to all regulatory bodies; 5) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Obtaining Contents of Communications; and 6) improperly used the CFP® marks in the Internet domain name www.respondentsnamecfp.com, the email addresses respondent@respondentsnamecfp.com and employee@respondentsnamecfp.com, and the Twitter handle @respondentsnameCFP and the corresponding Internet domain name https://twitter.com/#!/respondentsnamecfp.

28077 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; 5.1; 2.1; 6.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she provided information to a client’s creditors regarding purported wire transfers from the client’s brokerage accounts which the client had not actually made.

28146 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.3; 4.4
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 she knowingly allowed a client to impersonate her daughter during a phone call with an insurance company, which lead to Respondent’s termination by his Firm and a 2012 Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”).

28165 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation; Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3; 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) used discretion to buy and sell approximately 120 Inverse Floater CMOs for his clients’ accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the clients and prior written acceptance of their accounts as discretionary by his firm, in violation of the firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010; and 2) was suspended by FINRA for violating FINRA rules.

28285 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(b); 6.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in an outside business activity without providing notice and receiving prior written approval from his Firm; and 2) falsely certified to his broker-dealer that he was not engaged in outside business activity.

28675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 4.4; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had his clients sign blank Automated Customer Account Transfer (“ACAT”) forms.

30311 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was terminated by his employer for altering client documents.

31159 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Forgery; Forged-Client-Signatures
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination; FINRA Discipline; Employer-Investigation
Decision Date: 02/28/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he intentionally forged client’s initials on a transfer of client money form and lied about the forgery to his Manager.


31079 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Report
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 4.3; Article 3(d); Article-13.2; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): State Regulatory Action; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when (a) she allowed the distribution of invitations that falsely identified her as an investment advisor representative, and (b) failed to report to the CFP Board numerous professional disciplinary actions.  


30209 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Disclose; Professional Discipline; Failure-to-Supervise; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated his firm’s policy of selling away, provided false and misleading statements to FINRA, and failed to supervise his staff as branch manager.


29246 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Suitability; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 2.1; 2.2(a); 2.2(b); 4.3; 1.4; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by making material misstatements and omissions to their clients while recommending that the clients invest in what was found to be a Ponzi-like investment scheme.


30850 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Report; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.5; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) made an unsuitable investment recommendation to a client; (2) misrepresented the values of annuities being recommended to that client; (3) placed his interest above his client’s interest by making an unsuitable recommendation that resulted in more than $25,000 in commission fees for the Respondent; and (4) failed to report a subsequent suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) to CFP Board within 30 days.


30210 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Fiduciary Duty; Client's Best Interest; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Regulatory Action; Professionalism; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) invested client resources into two hedge funds managed by the Respondent, when the sole investment of the funds was an Energy company with only one illiquid asset; (2) misrepresented the assets held by the hedge funds to investors; and (3) oversaw improper valuations of the hedge funds’ assets that were in violation of rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

30358 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered an email from a third party, forwarded it to an emp1oyee at his firm, and misrepresented that the email was written by the third party, to complete a transfer of funds requested by his client. 

 


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