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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.

14399 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(a); 606(a); Article 3(e); 607; 606(b); 407(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he conducted outside business activities without disclosing them to his employer and without obtaining his employer’s approval.

22798 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Forgery; Settlement; Record-Keeping; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 201; 406; 607; Article 3(g); 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he placed an incorrect date, at his client’s request, next to his branch office manager’s signature on several documents.

29473 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied Petition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Use of the Marks; Outside Business Activity; Judgment Lien; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/05/2016
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification could be certified when he: 1) invested personal in an outside investment without obtaining prior approval from his firm; 2) referred former clients to, and facilitated investments in, the same outside investment; 3) wilfully failed to amend his Form U4 to report three unsatisfied tax liens; 4) falsely certified to his firm on several occasions that he had complied with his obligation to timely update his Form U4 regarding unsatisfied tax liens; 5) consented to a one-year suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) due to the aforementioned conduct; and 6) used the CFP® marks when he was not authorized to do so.

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