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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.


31048 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Petition-for-Consideration---Denied
Keyword(s): DUI/DWI; Legal-Reinstatement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Criminal; Reinstatement
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a former CFP® professional met his burden to prove by clear and convincing evidence that he had been rehabilitated after a two-year suspension when (1) he failed to provide testimonies or letters of recommendations regarding treatment for alcohol addiction; and (2) he offered no specific evidence sufficient to demonstrate that he has a proper understanding of CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) and is willing to act in conformity with the Standards


31176 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication; Denied Petition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Public-Intoxication; DUI/DWI; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article Fitness-Standards
Matter Type(s): State Regulatory Action; Criminal
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) should be certified when he had a history of alcohol-related convictions and arrests.


31185 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Fiduciary Duty; Due-Diligence; Client Neglect
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he made recommendations for short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts that were unsuitable in view of the frequency and cost of the transactions, which caused clients to incur unnecessary sales charges.


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.


30896 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 6.5; 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2019
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he obtained reimbursement from his firm for computer equipment he purchased but then returned or cancelled, and when he encouraged other employees to do the same and to lie to firm investigators about it.

31074 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Felony-Non-Violent Crime; DUI/DWI
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); 6.5
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was convicted of Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”), which in this case was a class 4 felony because of prior misdemeanor convictions.


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.

30421 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he maintained blank documents that were pre-signed by his clients in order to facilitate transactions for clients. 
 

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.

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.

30758 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered documents already signed by clients, which resulted in employment termination and a FINRA suspension. 

30411 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): DUI/DWI; Third-DUI-Offense; Misdemeanor
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court; Criminal
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was convicted of DUI, Second Offense, his third DUI conviction since 1989.  
 

30419 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Books and Records; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-13.4; Article-13.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.6; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; 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 failed to reasonably supervise his assistant, who had primary responsibility for preparing and processing applications and other account paperwork for customers.  Respondent’s assistant (a) altered documents relating to customer accounts, including by reusing signatures from forms that previously had been completed by customers, (b) caused the falsified forms to be maintained in the customers’ files, and (c) falsified documents to expedite transactions as an accommodation to customers (the firm’s compliance manual prohibited altering documents in the manners employed). 


30420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/25/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had clients sign blank or undated forms and allowed staff to “white-out” dates on those forms in order to reuse them for mutual fund exchanges.


30618 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in an outside business activity without properly reporting the outside business activity to, and obtaining approval from, his Firm. 


30535 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Selling Away
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold an investment to clients of his firm without providing prior written notice of his participation in the transaction or obtaining his firm’s written approval to participate in the transaction. 


11045 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Court Order Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(b); 607; 606(a); 701; 201
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.

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.

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.

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.

13221 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Competency; Disclosure to CFP Board; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 612; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not disclose his involvement in a National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration on his Certification Renewal Application.

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.

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.

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