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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 202; 201; 401(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) invested the majority of a client’s investment funds in a long-term contract when one of the client’s goals was liquidity; 2) did not inform the client of a federal tax benefit that would allow for liquidity; 3) did not disclose information about fees, charges or commissions regarding a variable annuity in which she invested the client’s funds; and 4) did not disclose to the client that Respondent was only authorized to sell long-term care insurance policies for one company.

21725 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Register; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Borrowing from Client; Interim Suspension; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(f); Article 3(a); 606(b); 607; 201; 202; 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/08/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not prepare a financial plan for a client (“Client”) after agreeing to do so; 2) borrowed money from the Client; 3) recommended and sold a viatical to the Client, who was 85 years old at the time, when Respondent was not licensed to do so; and 4) did not provide an Answer to CFP Board’s Complaint.

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.

21787 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Unauthorized Use of the Marks; Professional Discipline; Breach of Contract; Suitability; Commingling; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; C
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 102; 704; Article 3(a); 201; Article 3(g); 103(d); 606(b); 606(a); 601; 701
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 02/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not fully inform his client (“Client”) as to the nature of an investment he made for her and did not provide risk disclosure documents to her; 2) did not inform the Client about a civil suit he initiated against the company that offered the product; 3) did not research the company that offered the product before the Client invested in it; 4) commingled his investment funds with the Client’s; 5) used the CFP® marks while not certified; and 6) violated federal and state securities regulations.

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.

22451 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Competency; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Disclosure to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 302; 401(a); 606(a); 408; 406; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold promissory notes to individuals who were not customers of his broker-dealer (“Broker-Dealer”) without notice to the Broker-Dealer; and 2) received compensation for the sale of the promissory notes without permission from the Broker-Dealer.

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.

23352 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 202; 201; 607; 606(b); Article 3(b); 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he failed to: 1) perform an investigation and analysis into the insurance needs of his clients prior to recommending that they purchase insurance policies; 2) perform a cash flow analysis regarding his client’s ability to pay the premiums for the insurance policies recommended by Respondent; and 3) present his insurance recommendations and ensure that the recommendations met his client’s expectations with respect to their ability to “premium offset” in five years.

24265 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Negligence; Suitability; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 201; 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that the client ("Client") replace her existing mutual funds with a variable annuity, thereby incurring additional fees and charges; 2) failed to research alternative options that would have been more beneficial to Client; and 3) placed over 75% of Client's investment assets in a long-term variable annuity with limited liquidity.

24675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/04/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that an elderly client with a low net worth and a moderate-aggressive risk tolerance engage in futures contracts trading.

24809 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability; Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Borrowing from Client; Fitness; Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 202; Article 3(e); 406; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 701; 201; 102; 401(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) offered and sold unregistered securities to clients in violation of sections of the State Securities Act; 2) failed to inform clients that the foreign currency exchange (“FOREX”) trading program investments were securities that were not registered with any state or federal regulatory authority; 3) participated in private securities transactions for compensation without providing written notice to and receiving written authorization from the Firm, in violation of its written procedures and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; 4) borrowed $200,000 from a client in violation of the Firm’s written procedures and NASD Conduct Rules 2370 and 2110; 5) sold a product that the Firm did not have a selling agreement with, in violation of its written procedures; and 6) failed to provide requested information to FINRA in violation of NASD Rule 8210 and NASD Conduct Rule 2110.

25389 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 701; 606(b); 703; 201; 607; 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 recommended and sold a 73-year-old client two variable annuities and a variable universal life insurance policy.

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.

25732 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to present the client with a comprehensive financial plan designed to achieve the client’s goals and objectives; 2) recommended an unsuitably risky asset allocation for the client; and 3) advised the client to make a loan to Respondent’s acquaintance.

26284 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Suitability; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 703; 201; 701; Article 3(e); 607; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to execute trade orders and executed an unauthorized transaction in a client’s account; 2) exercised discretion in a client’s account without prior written authorization from the client to exercise discretion in her account; and 3) violated NASD Conduct Rules 2110 and 2510(b) and IM-2310-2, which resulted in a three-month suspension from FINRA in any capacity.

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