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27565 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 701; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): Complaint to CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/01/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) failed to properly analyze and account for the client’s needs and cash flow, 2) failed to include the costs of the VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs in his 2001 and 2008 financial plans; 3) recommended and sold to the client unsuitable VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs; and 4) placed the bulk of the client’s assets into long-term investments with high fees and expenses although the client’s primary objective was income.

30337 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 500-2; 400-3; 400-1; Article 3(g); Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Arbitration; Failure to Disclose 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) made unsuitable investments on behalf of his client—resulting in an overconcentration of the client’s principal— which was in contradiction to the client’s risk tolerance and investment goals; and (2) failed to disclose the related FINRA arbitration settlement to CFP Board. 

19075 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Professionalism; Commission/Compensation; Disclosure to Clients; Commingling; Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 610; 607; 703; 103(e); 702(a); Article 3(a); 201; 405; 701; 103(d); 202
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/13/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he performed financial planning services for a client’s (“Client”) father (“Client’s Father”) without providing to the Client’s Father a written financial planning agreement and written disclosures and when he received the Client’s Father’s funds through a bank account controlled by Respondent.

20420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Churning; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 703; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Professionalism; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed numerous trades in the account of a client without her approval.

21725 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Register; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Borrowing from Client; Interim Suspension; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(f); Article 3(a); 606(b); 607; 201; 202; 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/08/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not prepare a financial plan for a client (“Client”) after agreeing to do so; 2) borrowed money from the Client; 3) recommended and sold a viatical to the Client, who was 85 years old at the time, when Respondent was not licensed to do so; and 4) did not provide an Answer to CFP Board’s Complaint.

22866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest; Diligence; Suitability; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 607; 202; 606(b); 201; 701; 703; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to disclose in the financial planning agreement that his employer had a material conflict of interest because it maintained “preferred supplier” relationships in which it received financial bonuses for selling the “preferred suppliers’” products that were in excess of the financial compensation it received for selling other products; 2) failed to provide the client with sufficient alternatives to his investment recommendations; 3) implemented his investment recommendations prior to presenting the client with the initial financial plan; and 4) placed a majority of the client’s assets in deferred annuities, which did not provide a regular income stream to meet the client’s projected expenses and did not meet their goal of minimizing estate taxes.

23352 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 202; 201; 607; 606(b); Article 3(b); 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he failed to: 1) perform an investigation and analysis into the insurance needs of his clients prior to recommending that they purchase insurance policies; 2) perform a cash flow analysis regarding his client’s ability to pay the premiums for the insurance policies recommended by Respondent; and 3) present his insurance recommendations and ensure that the recommendations met his client’s expectations with respect to their ability to “premium offset” in five years.

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.

25530 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 201; 606(b); 6.3; 102; 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: 1) sold a client a variable annuity, which resulted in the concentration of the client’s assets in variable annuities and 10% early withdrawal penalties on the client’s monthly withdrawals; 2) held himself out as a financial planner providing comprehensive financial planning services but did not provide financial planning services to the client; and 3) failed to notify CFP Board of a change in his contact information within 45 days, in violation of Rule 6.3.

25732 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to present the client with a comprehensive financial plan designed to achieve the client’s goals and objectives; 2) recommended an unsuitably risky asset allocation for the client; and 3) advised the client to make a loan to Respondent’s acquaintance.

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.

26476 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4; 202; 1.4; 4.5; 606(b); 201; 102; 607; 1.3; 703
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he concentrated clients’ assets in private placements.

27735 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 606(b); 201; 703; 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) recommended that a client, a risk-adverse retiree, invest $100,000 into The Fund, an investment that Respondent described as a partnership, but which was in actuality a hedge fund; 2) failed to disclose the conflict of interest that existed as a result of Respondent’s role as Advisor for The Fund; 3) recommended The Fund to Grievant although Respondent when the client may not have met the requirements to be an accredited investor; and 4) denied any remunerative connection to The Fund, despite her advisory role.

28165 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation; Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3; 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) used discretion to buy and sell approximately 120 Inverse Floater CMOs for his clients’ accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the clients and prior written acceptance of their accounts as discretionary by his firm, in violation of the firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010; and 2) was suspended by FINRA for violating FINRA rules.

28508 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 407(a); 705; 401(a); 703; 202; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended the Biotech Company stock to Client without giving the client the prospectuses or PPMs for the penny stock investments: 2) sold the Biotech Company stock to Client without the knowledge or approval of Firm; 3) discouraged the Clients from selling the penny stocks, while he sold his own Biotech Company shares; 4) recommended to Client the loan to Biotech Company, a company in which he had a personal stake, without disclosing the inherent conflict of interest; and 5) personally reimbursed Client $30,000 as compensation for a loan recommendation he made to Client.

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.


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”).

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.

28739 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 701; 201; 202; 705
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold the client unsuitable variable annuities, recommended the client mortgage her home to invest the proceeds and sold the client a LTC insurance policy that did not meet her needs.

28783 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 201; 703; 102
Decision Date: 11/17/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommend a private placement to clients with low risk tolerances; 2) concentrated a significant percentage of the clients’ assets in a private placement; and 3) represented a private placement as having low risk.

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.

29005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 102; 1.4; 201; 5.1; 406; 606(b); 4.1; 4.4; 401(a); 606(a); 6.5; 2.2(a); 4.3
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 she sold “C” shares to her clients not because they were suitable, but as a method of ensuring that she was paid for her advisory services, and failed to: 1) enter into written advisory agreements with her “C” share advisory clients; 2) provide written disclosures required by Part 2 of Form ADV to her “C” share advisory clients; and 3) provide a complete description of the share class options and fees of mutual funds to her “C” share advisory clients and failed to: 1) ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations; 2) enforce the RIA Manual requirement of a written advisory agreement for clients using “C” shares as an advisory fee; and 3) enforce the requirement of delivery of the Disclosure Document. Respondent also failed to reasonably supervise her salespersons by failing to ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations. Respondent also failed to report her suspension by State from acting in any principal or supervisory capacity for twelve months to CFP Board within 30 calendar days, in violation of Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

29051 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 06/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended a client liquidate her variable annuity without: 1) becoming the agent of record on the variable annuity; 2) handling the liquidation through his employer; 3) seeking approval from his employer for conducting outside business activities; and 4) knowing the cost basis of the variable annuity prior to making the recommendation.

29756 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 201; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to register an office conducting securities business as a branch office; and 2) recommended private placement that increased the concentration of the client’s assets in real estate to 90% of her net worth resulted in the client having limited liquid assets.

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