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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.

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.

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”).

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.

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.

29801 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Outside Business Activity; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 6.1; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Termination; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) accepted customer checks made payable to him personally; 2) failed to disclose outside business activities to his Firm; 3) failed to disclose his professional suspension to CFP Board within 30-calendar days; and 4) falsely represented on his CFP Board ethics declaration that his professional license had never been suspended and he had never been terminated for cause.

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.

30180 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Respondent is the president and chief compliance officer of GFA, a State investment advisory firm. At all material times relevant to this Complaint, Respondent controlled GFA.

30197 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Suitability; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(a); Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; Termination
Decision Date: 04/10/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to make and/or implement only recommendations that are suitable for the client by recommending and selling an unsuitable investment to a brokerage customer who lost money on an investment he admitted was inconsistent with her goals and objectives.

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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