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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”). 

30803 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Customer Complaints; Private-Securities-Transaction; Outside Business Activity; Professional Discipline; Failure-to-timely-Amend-U-4; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Employer Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to timely amend and update his Form U4 to disclose a short sale and a compromise (2) introduced and recommended to clients that they provide a short-term business loan to an investment without providing prior and/or prompt written notice to his firm; and (3) introduced and recommended an investment to three firm clients without providing prior written notice to ABC of his participation in the transactions. 

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.

30586 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Bankruptcies; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) knowingly submitted false expense reports to his firm, causing his firm to maintain inaccurate books and records; and 2) filed his second bankruptcy petition, a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition, to avoid a possible Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc’s (“FINRA”) award against him.  


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.  


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


28815 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 202; 704; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 6.5; 6.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Other Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) recommended a client invest 75% of her IRA funds in a risky, illiquid alternative investment; 2) recommended and facilitated the sale of interests in six unregistered, real estate investment contracts to 55 of her clients; 3) facilitated the sale of investments without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation was suitable for her customers; and 4) failed to disclose a government investigation and a client-related civil suit on her 2011 Renewal Application.

28855 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Forgery; Professionalism; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 201; 606(b); 607; 5.1; 4.3; 4.6; 102; 4.4; 406
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) altered client documents, which violated her firm’s policies and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s (“FINRA”) Rule 2010 and 2) created consolidated customer statements which were then provided to certain clients without firm pre-approval.

28898 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 6.5; 6.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he instructed his sales assistant to complete an on-line continuing education program on his behalf.

28993 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misappropriation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; 406; 102; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/05/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he misappropriated funds and submitted false records to his member firm regarding business expense reimbursement claims for personal expenditures over a period of more than five years.

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.

29347 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Fiduciary Duty; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; 2.2(a); 1.4; 4.3; Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 2.1; 2.2(e)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/26/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he directed his clients to sign, but not date, numerous incomplete and blank forms, including account registration forms, transfer forms, and annuity application forms, which did not include written disclosure of information such as fees, sales charges, or surrender charges.

29351 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 03/25/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he marked solicited trades in leveraged exchange traded funds as unsolicited.

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.

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.

30009 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(e); Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/17/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he : 1) failed to disclose to CFP Board on multiple occasions that was the subject of an investigation by the state and that he entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealer, Inc. or “NASD”); and 2) failed to properly supervise an individual’s sale of complex products and unsuitable Class A mutual fund shares.

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.

28127 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 606(a); 406; 6.4; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 01/05/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that a client invest approximately $100,000 in an oil and gas joint venture, outside the scope of Respondent’s relationship with his Firm, and which resulted in the termination of Respondent’s employment; and 2) failed to disclose to CFP Board that he signed a FINRA AWC wherein he consented to a $5,000 fine and suspension 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 for a period of six months due to his outside business activities.

31003 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he drafted misleading contracts in order to hire an unregistered employee, in violation of the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and his firm’s written policies.


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. 
 

30664 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Private-Securities-Transaction; Competency; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Regulatory Action; FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration; Complaint to CFP Board
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) engaged in private securities transactions without informing his employer, in writing, in violation of NASD and FINRA rules; (2) invested his money, and the money of a work colleague, into a mortgage-lending fraud; (3) was the subject of a FINRA investigation and regulatory suspension; and (4) was the subject of a state DFS regulatory fine

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