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30419 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Books and Records; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-13.4; Article-13.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.6; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline; CFP Board
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to reasonably supervise his assistant, who had primary responsibility for preparing and processing applications and other account paperwork for customers.  Respondent’s assistant (a) altered documents relating to customer accounts, including by reusing signatures from forms that previously had been completed by customers, (b) caused the falsified forms to be maintained in the customers’ files, and (c) falsified documents to expedite transactions as an accommodation to customers (the firm’s compliance manual prohibited altering documents in the manners employed). 


16145 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement; Diligence; Record-Keeping; Fitness; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Competency
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 405; 402; 606(b); 607; 102
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) treated a client’s payments as nontaxable gifts rather than taxable income; 2) did not disclose the income on his 2000 and 2001 state and federal tax returns; 3) did not disclose to a client the potential for a conflict of interest in serving as the appointed trustee of a trust and as an investment adviser for the trust; 4) double and triple charged clients for services; and 5) failed to disclose commissions.

16726 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Disclosure to CFP Board; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/30/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) Made exaggerated statements and improper projections about clients’ accounts; 2) Prepared and/or used documents that had not been approved by a registered principal of Respondent’s firm; 3) Failed to retain records showing which sales materials were disseminated to customers; and 4) Failed to disclose a 2003 civil suit and a 2003 National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) arbitration on the Declaration Section of his Initial Application for CFP® Certification.

16836 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Record-Keeping; Client Neglect; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) implemented an aggressive investment strategy for an elderly client (“Client”); 2) did not inform the Client that she had unrealistic investment expectations; 3) did not review the Client’s accounts after implementing the investment; and 4) did not respond to the Client’s calls.

17262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professionalism; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Supervision; Arbitration; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 607; Article 3(e); 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) allowed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) member firm (“Firm”), of which he was the Chief Compliance Officer, to participate in securities offerings during its suspension without satisfying the requirements of the suspension; 2) allowed a representative of the Firm (“Representative”) to act as a principal when the Representative had been suspended by the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as FINRA) from acting in any principal capacity; 3) processed commissions from securities offerings through a non-member company; and 4) was subject to three FINRA arbitrations and one state securities division investigation.

21744 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Forgery; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 201; 406; 102; 103(c); 607; 202; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/19/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed clients’ signatures on documents without their authorization.

21787 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Unauthorized Use of the Marks; Professional Discipline; Breach of Contract; Suitability; Commingling; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; C
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 102; 704; Article 3(a); 201; Article 3(g); 103(d); 606(b); 606(a); 601; 701
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 02/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not fully inform his client (“Client”) as to the nature of an investment he made for her and did not provide risk disclosure documents to her; 2) did not inform the Client about a civil suit he initiated against the company that offered the product; 3) did not research the company that offered the product before the Client invested in it; 4) commingled his investment funds with the Client’s; 5) used the CFP® marks while not certified; and 6) violated federal and state securities regulations.

21874 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--No Merit
Keyword(s): Suitability; Arbitration; Misrepresentation
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/11/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was the subject of a client complaint related to the liquidity of an Auction Rate Security.

21894 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fitness; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 606(a); 606(b); 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/09/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when his employer (“Broker Dealer”) found that he had violated its policies by signing documents for a client without written authorization from the Broker Dealer and by not reporting outside activities to the Broker Dealer.

22124 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Previous Discipline; Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a registrant provided sufficient evidence to warrant reinstatement of his CFP® certification following a period of suspension.

22166 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Forgery; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; 607; 606(b); 406; 102; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed clients’ names on documents that the clients did not authorize Respondent to sign; and 2) violated the corporate policy of his broker-dealer in doing so.

22243 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Other Ethics
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not follow the instructions of his client (“Grievant”) to liquidate all of Grievant’s investments.

22271 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied Petition
Keyword(s): Competency; Other Ethics
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a registrant provided sufficient evidence to prove by clear and convincing evidence that his CFP® certification should be reinstated following a suspension of one year and one day.

22317 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fitness; Settlement; Professional Discipline; Misdemeanor; Customer Complaints; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/23/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when: 1) multiple clients filed customer complaints and arbitrations against him; and 2) a state division of securities issued an order of intent to revoke his state securities license.

22437 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Other Ethics; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 602; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 02/26/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not pay another CFP® certificant for services rendered.

22513 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Fitness; Bankruptcy; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to CFP Board; Commingling; Borrowing from Client; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 409; Article 3(a); 607; 201; 704; 103(d)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

23037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Customer Complaints; Fitness; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 409; 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a); 202
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to inform his financial planning client that he was renting her property below the market price and that he exercised discretionary authority over her online account without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and principal approval from Respondent’s firm.

23335 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Diligence; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 701; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he repeatedly purchased securities in a non-discretionary account without authorization from the client (“Client”).

23337 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Other Ethics; Fitness; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 102; 101(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 01/06/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he used copyrighted materials without permission or attribution.

24390 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professional Discipline; Fitness; Failure to Respond to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 607; 103(a); 606(a); 103(e); 406; 103(d); 102; Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/05/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

24651 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Forgery; Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misrepresentation; Professionalism; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 406; 606(b); 102; 607; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/06/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he affixed multiple client signatures on documents and purchased financial plans for two clients with his own funds in violation of firm policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rule 2110, and a state insurance code provision.

24832 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP ® professional (“Respondent”) adequately proved under Standards of Professional Conduct that she did not pose an immediate threat to the public and that the gravity of the nature of her conduct did not impinge upon the stature and reputation of the marks when she: 1) was the subject of a criminal investigation into allegations that she had engaged in fraud by misrepresenting a third party transfer, and committing elder financial abuse; and 2) was barred by FINRA for failure to cooperate with its investigation of allegations of misappropriation of client funds.

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.

30648 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Client Neglect; Client's Best Interest; Embezzlement or Other Financial; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.2; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; CFP Board; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account, in violation of Firm’s compliance policies, which expressly stated that the use of an outside email system by a financial advisor to communicate with clients, prospects or other Firm associated persons regarding Firm business, or for any other Firm business purpose is prohibited; 2) forwarded account information for a securities customer to the same outside/personal email address, in violation of FINRA Rule 2010; and 3) failed to take prudent steps to protect the security of information and property, including the security of stored information, whether physically or electronically, that was within Respondent’s control when she conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account.


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