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30456 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in securities transactions on behalf of clients without his employer’s approval.

21874 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--No Merit
Keyword(s): Suitability; Arbitration; Misrepresentation
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/11/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was the subject of a client complaint related to the liquidity of an Auction Rate Security.

22124 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Previous Discipline; Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a registrant provided sufficient evidence to warrant reinstatement of his CFP® certification following a period of suspension.

22271 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied Petition
Keyword(s): Competency; Other Ethics
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a registrant provided sufficient evidence to prove by clear and convincing evidence that his CFP® certification should be reinstated following a suspension of one year and one day.

22754 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Previous Discipline; Professional Discipline
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a registrant who had been suspended from using the CFP® certification marks provided enough evidence to obtain reinstatement.

27823 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 07/23/2012
Summary: Whether a registrant (“Respondent”) who had been suspended from using the CFP® certification marks (“CFP® marks”) provided sufficient evidence to obtain reinstatement.

30022 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Forgery
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 04/11/2017
Summary: Whether a Professional Eligible for Reinstatement (“Respondent”) could have his certification reinstated when he altered client documents.

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.

30379 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Forgery; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; Termination
Decision Date: 11/29/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed a client’s signature on client account documentation; and 2) failed to disclose his termination and a regulatory investigation on his 2012, 2014, and 2016 Ethics Declarations.

30255 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/28/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he participated in private securities transactions by investing and facilitating investments for six other investors, including clients without providing his firm with written notice of, or receiving approval to participate in, the private securities transactions.

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”). 

30648 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Client Neglect; Client's Best Interest; Embezzlement or Other Financial; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.2; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; CFP Board; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account, in violation of Firm’s compliance policies, which expressly stated that the use of an outside email system by a financial advisor to communicate with clients, prospects or other Firm associated persons regarding Firm business, or for any other Firm business purpose is prohibited; 2) forwarded account information for a securities customer to the same outside/personal email address, in violation of FINRA Rule 2010; and 3) failed to take prudent steps to protect the security of information and property, including the security of stored information, whether physically or electronically, that was within Respondent’s control when she conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account.


29763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3; 3.4; Article-13.4; Article-13.1; 1.4; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; Customer Complaint; FINRA Discipline; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) violated his firm’s policy by twice failing to report outside business activities and obtaining the firm’s approval to engage in such activities; and 2) failed to clearly identify the assets over which he was to exercise investment discretion and exercised discretion in the client’s accounts on approximately 10 occasions without written discretionary authorization from the client.


30621 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to Clients; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/25/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she violated the State administrative code by: a) excluding the formula used to calculate the advisory fee on its invoices; b) failing to concurrently send invoices at the time the advisory fee was deducted; c) taking action to withdraw funds when failing to comply with safekeeping requirements; d) failing to maintain net capital of at least $25,000; e) failing to notify the State within 24 hours of its deficient net capital and to suspend business operations during the time of the net capital deficiency; f) failing to amend multiple items on its Form ADV; and g) failing to file timely financial statements.

29793 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Failure to Cooperate with Staff
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 6.1; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) charged 47 advisory clients a “one-time set up fee” when they opened their accounts, despite the fact that he had been informed by his supervisor that he could not charge such fees; (2) charged 32 clients for his services in preparing their tax returns and received payment directly from the clients; (3) received commissions for selling insurance products directly from outside insurance carriers; and (4) failed to contact his former firm to request information related to the an arbitration, thereby failing to fully cooperate with CFP Board’s investigation and obstructing CFP Board’s staff in the performance of their duty.  


29666 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fitness
Matter Type(s): Termination; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification could be certified when he copied clients’ signatures from signed insurance documents that had been emailed to him onto hard copies of the documents without the clients’ knowledge or authorization, which violated his firm’s policies, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) rules and state law.

29680 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 5.1; 6.2; 3.7; 6.5; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) participated in at least three separate outside business activities without providing prior notice to, or receiving approval from, his employer member firms; 2) loaned money to three individuals who were Respondent’s clients, in violation of firm policy; 3) presented a private securities transaction to clients in which eight clients ultimately invested without seeking or obtaining written approval from his employer member firms; 4) provided false information and false documents to FINRA; and 5) represented to his employer in a compliance questionnaire that he was not participating in any outside business activities that required disclosure and that he had not participated in any private securities transactions when he was involved in outside business activities and private securities transactions.

29798 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 5.1; 4.3; 6.1
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/23/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she was terminated by Firm for processing an unauthorized wire transfer on a client’s behalf.

29800 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Bankruptcy; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 5.1; 4.3; 6.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/30/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) from January 2010 through December 2010, held himself out to the public, and practiced as a CPA when he was not currently licensed; and b) failed to timely amend his Form U4 to disclose a personal bankruptcy filing.

29802 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she was the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) regulatory action and a 2008 customer complaint.

29845 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 04/25/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when: 1) the State Department of Taxation and Finance (“Department”) revoked her insurance license because she failed to pay employer withholding taxes, penalties and interest; 2) she failed to notify CFP Board within the required 30 calendar days that State revoked her insurance license; and 3) declared State 2 as her home state with respect to her non-resident insurance license even though she was not then licensed as an insurance producer in State 2.

29923 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/02/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allowed two registered representatives to place their names as the brokers of record on two of his customers’ variable annuity applications, even though the representatives did not substantially participate in the sales.

29948 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 6.2; Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Criminal; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/22/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when (a) he copied drivers licenses of “extraordinary persons” in violation of State law, (b) State criminally convicted him of a misdemeanor, which resulted in a felony charge from State, (c) he failed to promptly disclose to Firm 1 that he had been charged with a felony, (d) he failed to amend his Form U4, in violation of Financial Industry Regulatory Industry, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) Rule 2010 and NASD Rule 3070(b), (e) the State Securities Division concluded that Respondent was not of “good business repute” and denied Respondent’s State securities salesperson license and investment adviser representative license applications, (f) Firm 1 terminated Respondent’s employment because of his criminal indictment, and (g) Firm 2 terminated Respondent’s employment due to the State Securities Division’s Order of Denial.

30008 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 6.5; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/02/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to amend his Form U4 to disclose his 2010 Chapter 7 bankruptcy until 2013, in violation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rules 1122 and 2010.

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