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25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

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.

25994 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 201; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 406
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 did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

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.

26498 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Suitability; Diligence
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/21/2012
Summary: Whether aCFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) maintained that an investment (“Fund”) was still appropriate for the client and that the client would be “fine in a year,” while knowing Fund had declined significantly and the risk had unofficially changed; 2) did not recommend his client sell Fund when he learned from that Fund was riskier than he originally thought; and 3) violated employer policy and when he misrepresented Fund to his client, resulting in a cautionary letter from his broker-dealer.

26763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fitness; Diligence; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; Article 3(a); 5.1
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 04/26/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he was censured and fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for: 1) failing to ensure that his firm ("Firm") maintained complete and accurate employee records; 2) instructing an associated person to backdate employment-related documents; and 3) knowingly submitting the backdated documents to the SEC without disclosing that they were backdated.

26835 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fitness; Diligence
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Criminal Court
Decision Date: 11/30/2011
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification ("Respondent") could be certified when he was terminated by his firm in 2007 and investigated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA").

26837 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Diligence
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/01/2011
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification ("Respondent") could be certified when he was the subject of a 2009 customer complaint involving an error in a financial plan and erroneous advice regarding a variable annuity.

26856 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Unauthorized Transaction
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); Article 3(d); 201; 701; Article 3(a); 606(b); Article 3(e); 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) exercised unauthorized discretion in client accounts by failing to confirm clients' authorization of trades on the dates the trades were executed; 2) exercised unauthorized discretion in client accounts by executing trades without written authorization to exercise discretion and acceptance of the accounts as discretionary by his firm; and 3) failed to execute a trade in a client's account after being directed to do so by the client.

27930 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 701; 201; 406
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not perform due diligence on a 1031 exchange intermediary prior to recommending him to his clients as a Qualified Intermediary for 1031 exchanges; and 2) failed to immediately report to his employer that Intermediary had borrowed clients’ funds to repay his own Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) tax liability, and instead loaned Intermediary the money to repay the borrowed funds.

28077 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; 5.1; 2.1; 6.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she provided information to a client’s creditors regarding purported wire transfers from the client’s brokerage accounts which the client had not actually made.

28139 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Diligence; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 6.4; 606(a); 701; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed and issued an audit opinion letter as a “CPA” in State 1, when Respondent was not licensed in the state as a CPA with the State 1 CPA Board; 2) stated that he had performed an audit of Company 1, when he did not; and 3) did not have any working papers or any other audit documentation to support the audit opinion he signed and issued on behalf of Company 1.

28203 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Record-Keeping; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) entered false information regarding Client’s state of residence into Firm 1’s electronic books and records; 2) included false information in an annuity application regarding the state in which Client signed the document; 3) transacted insurance business without proper state registration; and 4) was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”, formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”).

28383 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) violated State Law by failing to file financial statements for his registered investment advisor for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 no later than 90 days after the end of each year; and 2) failed to respond to two requests for information filed by CFP Board.

30764 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Custody-of-Client-Funds; Failure-to-Supervise; Record-Keeping; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to maintain proper books and records, failed to provide proper custody of client funds, and failed to verify the credentials of a colleague that were posted on Respondent’s business website. 
 

30777 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Maintain-Net-Capital; Record-Keeping; Books and Records; Settlement; Custody-of-Client-Funds
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/05/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) took action with client funds while having custody of such; (2) failed to have his firm maintain net capital of at least $25,000 for one fiscal year; (3) failed to notify a state regulatory body within 24 hours of his firm’s deficient net capital and to suspend business operations upon the net capital deficiency; (4) failed to have his firm submit audited financial statements to a state regulatory body for two fiscal years; (5) failed to prepare and maintain true, accurate, and current firm records; and (6) failed to have his firm file an amended Form ADV. 
 

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.

28738 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Disclosure to Clients; Diligence; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 703; 701; 401(b); 6.5; 406; 607; 702(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/09/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) failed to inform his clients of the taxes, penalties and interest associated with a Net Unrealized Appreciation (“NUA”) strategy; 2) failed to diligently follow up with the clients regarding the NUA strategy; 3) offered the Clients free advisory services, a refund of advisory/financial planning fees already paid and compensation for the early withdrawal penalty; and 4) did not provide documents requested by CFP Board.

28825 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 6.5; 201; 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 05/05/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated the securities laws of two states by: 1) acting as an unregistered investment adviser, securities salesperson and/or broker-dealer; 2) offering and selling an unregistered and nonexempt security; 3) offering securities to non-qualified investors; 4) misrepresented by omission in offering materials that the general partner entered into a sub-advisory agreement and shared fees with the sub-advisor; and 5) failed to disclose a state consent order on his Form ADV.

29324 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unfair-Business-Practices; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misappropriation; Professionalism; Employer Policy Violation; Confidentiality; Breach of Contract
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.3; 3.2; 3.1
Matter Type(s): Civil Suit; Civil Court; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/05/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) took client information from Respondent’s old firm without authorization from the firm or clients; (2) transferred client information to Respondent’s new firm for financial gain; (3) failed to treat client information with the level of confidentiality required by applicable law; and (4) failed to securely handle electronically stored information. 

30845 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Settlement; Unfair-Business-Practices; Misappropriation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Confidentiality
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; Civil Suit; Civil Court
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) sought and obtained confidential client information from another firm; (2) accepted an unredacted, 52-page billing report that a colleague had printed from secure networks at another firm; (3) was found responsible by a state court for the commission of (a) misappropriating trade secrets and (b) unfair business practices; and (4) failed to disclose such to CFP Board.  
 

30868 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): False-Statements-in-Forms-ADV; Custody-of-Client-Funds; Record-Keeping; Failure-to-Disclose; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) relied on the private fund adviser exemption from registration although he was not entitled to; (2) used Inflated Asset Valuations; (3) made misrepresentations on Forms ADV; (4) failed to have his firms submit to surprise examinations as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Custody Rule; (5) failed to have his firms comply with the SEC's Compliance Rule; (6) improperly used fund assets to pay his legal fees; (7) contracted to earn a performance fee for managing a fund, without determining whether the fund's investors were qualified clients; and (8) failed to disclose a SEC bar related to the foregoing conduct to CFP Board. 
 

29364 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Previous Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to: 1) adopt and implement written policies and procedures for his firm; 2) review and document the review of such policies and procedures at least annually; and 3) failed to accurately state in his Form ADV Part 2A that he did not complete advisory contracts for all of his clients.

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