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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

19812 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Settlement; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Misrepresentation; Breach of Contract; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/24/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when a state civil court found him liable for violation of a state Consumer Protection Act after the wife of a former client (“Client”) lost her claim for benefits due to an inaccurate answer on the Client’s life insurance application.

20420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Churning; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 703; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Professionalism; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed numerous trades in the account of a client without her approval.

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.

21744 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Forgery; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 201; 406; 102; 103(c); 607; 202; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/19/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed clients’ signatures on documents without their authorization.

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.

21866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commingling; Professionalism; Borrowing from Client; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 602; Article 3(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he borrowed $70,000 from his client’s margin account to invest in a business owned and controlled by Respondent’s wife.

22513 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Fitness; Bankruptcy; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to CFP Board; Commingling; Borrowing from Client; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 409; Article 3(a); 607; 201; 704; 103(d)
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 did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

22807 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 705; 606(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) fostered a sales culture that encouraged the utilization of proprietary products to enhance revenue; 2) recommended proprietary products that were not in the best interest of the clients; 3) allowed advisors under his supervision to engage in forgery and false record-keeping; 4) permitted the forging of signatures on documentation submitted to the corporate office to release compensation; and 5) directed his staff person to affix his name on an internal broker-dealer exception request form.

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.

23037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Customer Complaints; Fitness; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 409; 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a); 202
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 failed to inform his financial planning client that he was renting her property below the market price and that he exercised discretionary authority over her online account without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and principal approval from Respondent’s firm.

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.

24452 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Breach of Contract; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Fitness; Other Ethics; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to satisfy his payment obligations for a least five CFP® professionals who provided instructor services for his consulting company (“Company”); 2) breached his contract with University A and B, resulting in outstanding debt obligations to University A and B; and 3) filed for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

24481 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 606(b); 201; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his unaccredited client with limited assets invest over half her assets in an illiquid investment that required investor accreditation.

25362 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client; Bankruptcy; Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010; and 2) encouraged his friends to invest in his brother’s real estate project.

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