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28828 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Settlement; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/11/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) entered into a partnership interest in the outside business of his firm, and 2) certified to the firm that he was not engaged in the outside business activity.

28897 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/21/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended closed-end funds (“CEF”) to his clients that were not approved by Firm; 2)mismarked order tickets as being unsolicited when they were solicited, which resulted in Firm’s books and records being inaccurate; and 3) disclosed personal trading information to clients.

30320 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination
Decision Date: 11/07/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he processed a variable life insurance settlement exchange transaction through an outside firm without the approval of his firm.

29246 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Suitability; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 2.1; 2.2(a); 2.2(b); 4.3; 1.4; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by making material misstatements and omissions to their clients while recommending that the clients invest in what was found to be a Ponzi-like investment scheme.


30876 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 4.1; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allocated block trades in a manner inconsistent with his firm’s disclosed trading policy.


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.

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. 
 

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”). 

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. 
 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
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) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

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.

29377 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; Employer Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he impersonated a client on the telephone to execute trades in the client’s account.


29557 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(e); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) utilized deceptive, fraudulent, and manipulative strategies involving the purchase and sale of ABCD stock; 2) engaged in pre-arranged trading in an attempt to create a false or misleading appearance of active trading relating to the market for ABCD stock; and 3) manipulated the price of ABCD stock, which ultimately led to him entering into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”), barring him from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) member in any capacity; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the FINRA bar within 30 calendar days of his notification of the bar.

30519 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Borrowing from Client; Professional Discipline
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 accepted cash gifts from a client and provided false responses on three quarterly compliance questionnaires regarding the receipt of cash gifts from customers


30478 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): 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) had a client sign a blank document and then copied that signature onto other client documents; and 2) had knowledge of, and permitted his branch office administrator to engage in, the same activity for multiple clients. 


30434 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to act with the duty of care of a fiduciary when he charged clients an unreasonable investment advisory fee in violation of State law; and 2) failed to disclose the risks involved with Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT”) and non-traded REITs in his Form ADV Part 2 in violation of State law.


30010 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Misrepresentation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Churning
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.4
Matter Type(s): Sales Practice Violations; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; Customer Complaint to Firm
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) exercised discretion in the clients’ accounts without written discretionary authorization from the clients; 2) churned the clients’ accounts; 3) exercised discretion in the clients’ accounts without written discretionary authorization from the clients; 4) falsely informed a client that the total commissions owed to him and his firm would be the same whether they paid fees based on a percentage of the assets under management or fees based on each transaction executed in the accounts; 5) failed to disclose a regulatory action to State within 30 days; and 6) failed to report this suspension of a professional license to CFP Board within the required 30 calendar days


28734 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Suitability; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 5.1; 6.5; 4.3; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/21/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed the names of six clients on suitability forms and failed to disclose his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) suspension to CFP Board within 30 days as required by Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

28937 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, as a director of a registered investment company, approved advisory contracts for the investment company without having all the information he requested as reasonably necessary to evaluate the contracts, in violation of Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act.

28945 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/30/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in investment advisory business in State without proper registration, resulting in a Consent Order from the State Securities Division; and 2) failed to disclose the Consent Order with State on his 2009, 2012 and 2014 CFP® certification Renewal Applications.

28992 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(a); 4.3; 406; 4.1; 4.4; 2.2(b); 606(a); 201; 1.4; 407(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/07/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in outside business activities (“OBAs”) without provide notice to, and obtaining approval from, his firm in accordance with ICP’s procedures; 2) served in a fiduciary capacity as either a primary or successor trustee, or attorney-in-fact for clients without adequately disclosing to the clients how those roles might conflict with his position as their financial advisor; 3) encouraged and assisted a client to make him the beneficiary of the client’s annuity without adequately disclosing the conflict of interest created between Respondent serving as the client’s financial advisor and being designated as the beneficiary of one of the client’s assets; and 4) advised clients not to seek advice regarding the conflict of interest of making him the fiduciary of their estate and/or trust a beneficiary.

29017 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 3.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/06/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to obtain the proper verbal authorization from a client, as required by his firm’s Procedures Manual, prior to executing a trade, resulting in unauthorized trades and the wiring of a client’s funds to a criminal in response to a fraudulent trade request.

29035 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; DUI/DWI; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 6.3
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 04/13/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) was convicted of driving under the influence twice; 2) was convicted of driving with a restricted license; and 3) failed to notify CFP Board that his address changed within 45 days.

29214 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.1; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 05/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to timely and accurately notify his broker-dealer of his outside business activities in violation of NASD Rule 3030 and FINRA Rules 2010 and 3270; 2) participated in private securities transactions without providing prior written notice to and obtaining prior approval from his broker-dealer in violation of NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rule 2010; and 3) failed to disclose to CFP Board in writing his FINRA suspension, which FINRA issued in December 2013, within 30 days as required by Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules.

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