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31010 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by recommending that a client surrender of an annuity contract when Respondent did not properly estimate the cost basis of the annuity and incorrectly advised her client about the tax consequences of withdrawing funds from the annuity.


30547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Disclose-to-Firm; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Failure-to-Supervise
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 6.1; 4.6; 5.1; 4.3; 6.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to properly supervise subordinates, resulting in one subordinate being named as a beneficiary of several clients’ accounts, creating a conflict of interest; (2) was named as a beneficiary in several client accounts, in violation of firm policy; and (3) failed to disclose and obtain approval from his firm after he was named as a beneficiary of both client and non-client accounts.


30450 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Books and Records; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 2.2(b); 1.4; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; 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: (a) seek best execution for clients when investing them in share classes that charged 12b-1 fees despite the availability of corresponding share classes without the fees; (b) disclose in his firm’s Forms ADV and advisory agreements the conflicts of interest that existed regarding his recommendations to clients of mutual funds that contained 12b-1 fees; and (c) perform required annual compliance reviews.


24137 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 2.1; 6.5; 4.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/06/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) obtained approval for a commission increase on a 401K plan from a company executive who did not normally approve such changes; and 2) recommended that officers of the company transfer management of their personal assets to Respondent’s new firm without disclosing that they would incur surrender charges.

24706 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 1.4; 4.1; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/21/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to: 1) communicate with Husband and Wife appropriately regarding conflicts with representing both after he became aware of their potential divorce; and 2) appropriately respond to Wife’s inquiries and subsequent check processing by failing to inform her that Husband refused to consent to the sale of investments to cover a large check.

25999 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.3; 4.5; 6.5; 4.4; 3.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/05/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that clients purchase a high-risk illiquid security without researching the financial condition of the firm proving financial support of the investment.

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.

26612 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client; Suitability; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 607; 1.4; 501; 202; 6.5; 401(a); 103(d)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he made a series of misrepresentations to financial planning clients related to a loan used to purchase bank stock on behalf of the clients.

27092 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Commission/Compensation; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation; Misuse of the Marks; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; 2.1; 4.5; 6.1; Article 3(a); 6.5; 1.4; 4.3; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/09/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) sold allegedly unsuitable insurance policies to his financial planning clients; 2) communicated to clients and prospective clients allegedly misleading information related to client testimonials, the registration status of his firm (“Respondent’s Firm”), and his compensation; 3) was terminated by Firm due to his use of client testimonials, failure to disclose outside business activities, and advertising violations; 4) violated State securities laws related to registration of his business entities, disclosure of outside business activities, client testimonials, and disclosure of his criminal charge to all regulatory bodies; 5) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Obtaining Contents of Communications; and 6) improperly used the CFP® marks in the Internet domain name www.respondentsnamecfp.com, the email addresses respondent@respondentsnamecfp.com and employee@respondentsnamecfp.com, and the Twitter handle @respondentsnameCFP and the corresponding Internet domain name https://twitter.com/#!/respondentsnamecfp.

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.

28285 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(b); 6.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in an outside business activity without providing notice and receiving prior written approval from his Firm; and 2) falsely certified to his broker-dealer that he was not engaged in outside business activity.

28392 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Settlement; Forgery; Misappropriation; Unauthorized Transaction
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 3.5; 4.1; 1.4; 3.4; 6.5; 3.8
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he forged his clients’ signatures in letters to a bank in order to misappropriated his clients’ assets for his own personal use by transferring the clients’ assets to his personal account.

28497 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Forgery; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 1.4; Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he used a client’s authentic signature from a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”) Adoption Agreement to forge an IRA Distribution Form in violation of firm policy.

28574 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct he used discretion to buy bond funds for a client’s account, without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and prior written acceptance of the account as discretionary from his firm, in violation of National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. of “FINRA”) Conduct Rule 2510(b) and FINRA Rule 2010.

30438 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Bankruptcies; Civil Court
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: (1) failed to provide advice that was in the best interest of her client, who was her mother (“Decedent”), regarding her estate planning; (2) exerted undue influence over the client in order to transfer assets from the client to herself; and (3) filed for bankruptcy in 1995, 2011, and 2017.

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.


27713 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 201; 4.5; 6.5
Decision Date: 06/12/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended and sold clients alternative investments that resulted in an unsuitable concentration of the clients’ assets in alternative investments and were unsuitable due to the clients’ ages, risk tolerances, and investment objectives.

30850 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Report; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.5; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) made an unsuitable investment recommendation to a client; (2) misrepresented the values of annuities being recommended to that client; (3) placed his interest above his client’s interest by making an unsuitable recommendation that resulted in more than $25,000 in commission fees for the Respondent; and (4) failed to report a subsequent suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) to CFP Board within 30 days.


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”). 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

29763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3; 3.4; Article-13.4; Article-13.1; 1.4; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; Customer Complaint; 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: 1) violated his firm’s policy by twice failing to report outside business activities and obtaining the firm’s approval to engage in such activities; and 2) failed to clearly identify the assets over which he was to exercise investment discretion and exercised discretion in the client’s accounts on approximately 10 occasions without written discretionary authorization from the client.


30434 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to act with the duty of care of a fiduciary when he charged clients an unreasonable investment advisory fee in violation of State law; and 2) failed to disclose the risks involved with Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT”) and non-traded REITs in his Form ADV Part 2 in violation of State law.


27406 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Misrepresentation; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 4.4; 4.5; 1.4; 2.1; Article 3(b); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) relied on a non-guaranteed 12% gross rate of return in a Variable Universal Life (“VUL”) Insurance policy illustration to determine how long the product would remain in force; 2) recommended that his client purchase a VUL with a limited no lapse period when the client’s goal was life insurance paid up for life; and 3) told a client that a VUL would almost triple her money.

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”).

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