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30547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Disclose-to-Firm; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Failure-to-Supervise
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 6.1; 4.6; 5.1; 4.3; 6.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to properly supervise subordinates, resulting in one subordinate being named as a beneficiary of several clients’ accounts, creating a conflict of interest; (2) was named as a beneficiary in several client accounts, in violation of firm policy; and (3) failed to disclose and obtain approval from his firm after he was named as a beneficiary of both client and non-client accounts.


30537 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Court Order Violation; Misappropriation; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 3.1
Matter Type(s): Civil Suit; Civil Court; AAA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) took client information from his old firm to a new firm without authorization from either the old firm or the clients; (2) breached his contract with the old firm by taking client information to a new firm and failing to timely notify the old firm of his resignation; and (3) failed to make payments on a breach of contract judgment issued by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

30596 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
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) violated a State’s fiduciary rule by failing to refund prepaid and unearned fees in a timely manner, as stipulated by Respondent’s Forms ADV; (2) failed to provide notice to clients for the withholding of such fees over $500, in violation of State A’s rules; and (3) failed to provide each client with a compliant Form ADV.

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.


28882 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/01/2014
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) executed a trade for a client at a later time and date than the client original requested; 2) misstated to the client his firm’s policy on management fees charged on cash balances; 3) directed his assistant to falsely state on a membership renewal application that he had no customer complaints within the last five years when he did; and 4) accepting a trade for a client via email.


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.

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.

16502 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); Article 3(a); 102; 704; 606(b); 607; 201; 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold promissory notes without receiving prior approval from his firm, resulting in: 1) a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) bar; 2) two terminations; and 3) two civil suits being filed against him.

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.

22879 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; Article 3(a); 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/17/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to comply with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA,” formerly National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) rules relating to the approval and content of advertisements.

24084 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Fitness; Settlement; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he applied funds of a homeowner’s association (“Association”), which he had oversight and charge of, without proper association authorization, which led the State Department of Insurance to assess monetary penalties against Respondent and his firm to terminate his employment.

24137 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 2.1; 6.5; 4.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/06/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) obtained approval for a commission increase on a 401K plan from a company executive who did not normally approve such changes; and 2) recommended that officers of the company transfer management of their personal assets to Respondent’s new firm without disclosing that they would incur surrender charges.

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.

25775 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 5.1; 6.5; Article 3(a); 704; 102; 201; 607; 4.4; 606(b); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) stated an annual income figure for a client on that client’s account application which he knew to be inaccurate, causing his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate and in violation of NASD Rules 3110 and 2110; 2) recommended to a client that she purchase a variable universal life insurance policy with an annual premium of $10,000 when Respondent knew that the client was unemployed; and 3) was placed on heightened supervision by his firm for violation of the firm’s lending policy and for failure to comply with firm policies and procedures relating to following pre-approval restrictions by accepting a trade on a client’s account from an unauthorized third party; and 4) was terminated by his firm for violating firm policy regarding use of discretion and accepting a trade from an unauthorized party.

26425 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Client's Best Interest; Employer Policy Violation; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 407(a); 201; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 409
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) issued two promissory notes to a client in connection with a real estate-related outside business activity without prior approval from his firm; and 2) was terminated by his firm for issuing the promissory notes.

27004 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/07/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated his firm's policies and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA", formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or "NASD") Rule 2012 and NASD Rule 3110(a) by signing a client's initials to a switch letter.

27488 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Misappropriation; Employer Policy Violation
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/21/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) altered the date on a check writing form and represented it to his firm as an originally signed and dated document; and 2) had co-trustee clients sign a blank wire transfer form as an accommodation to the clients.

27735 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 606(b); 201; 703; 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) recommended that a client, a risk-adverse retiree, invest $100,000 into The Fund, an investment that Respondent described as a partnership, but which was in actuality a hedge fund; 2) failed to disclose the conflict of interest that existed as a result of Respondent’s role as Advisor for The Fund; 3) recommended The Fund to Grievant although Respondent when the client may not have met the requirements to be an accredited investor; and 4) denied any remunerative connection to The Fund, despite her advisory role.

27791 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) sold fixed-indexed annuities outside of his firm, in violation of firm policy and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010; and 2) two representatives under his supervision sold fixed-indexed annuities outside of the firm.

27841 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Customer Complaints; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; 701; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold clients a tenant in common (“TIC”) interest that concentrated the clients’ total net worth and investable assets into a single property without performing a cash flow analysis to determine if the clients would have sufficient income and liquid assets to cover their living expenses.

27983 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/11/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was terminated in March 2012 by Firm for taking a mandatory annuity training course on behalf his supervisor (“Supervisor”) in November 2011.

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”).

28183 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he exercised discretion in entering orders for a client’s account without obtaining prior written discretionary authority, thereby violating his firm’s policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010.

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