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31185 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Fiduciary Duty; Due-Diligence; Client Neglect
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he made recommendations for short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts that were unsuitable in view of the frequency and cost of the transactions, which caused clients to incur unnecessary sales charges.


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.


30596 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
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) violated a State’s fiduciary rule by failing to refund prepaid and unearned fees in a timely manner, as stipulated by Respondent’s Forms ADV; (2) failed to provide notice to clients for the withholding of such fees over $500, in violation of State A’s rules; and (3) failed to provide each client with a compliant Form ADV.

11390 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Misappropriation; Breach of Contract; Bankruptcy; Misrepresentation; Forgery; Customer Complaints; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 102; 606(b); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/16/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; 2) was convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol; and 3) was the subject of a series of arbitrations and customer complaints from 2001 through 2007.

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.

15094 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misuse of the Marks; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Diligence; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 601; 201; 704; 606(b); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended variable annuities to elderly clients; and 2) omitted the registered trademark symbol when referring to CFP® on his letterhead, certification salutations and documents.

15982 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to clarify his lack of involvement in recommending and endorsing a particular investment to his clients; and 2) executed transactions on a client’s behalf without first confirming that the proper written authorization was in place.

16502 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); Article 3(a); 102; 704; 606(b); 607; 201; 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold promissory notes without receiving prior approval from his firm, resulting in: 1) a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) bar; 2) two terminations; and 3) two civil suits being filed against him.

18767 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a); 701; 406; Article 3(e); Article 3(d); 606(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 202; 405
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated: 1) sections of the State Securities Act by selling unregistered securities; 2) the 2004 State Securities Board (“SSB”) Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order regarding supervision; 3) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and sections of the State Securities Act by failing to fully complete forms before obtaining client signatures; 4) sections of the State Securities Act by failing to disclose required information on his Form U4 and making material misrepresentations to the State Commissioner; 5) the 2004 SSB Undertaking and 2005 SSB Order by engaging in unsuitable transactions; and 6) National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules by accepting a gift and/or gratuity in excess of $100 and charging clients both investment advisory fees and prohibited commissions.

21702 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Judgment Lien; Fraud-Other; Misrepresentation; Court Order Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Other Ethics; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(f); 102; 606(b); 201; 602; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 02/26/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) was found to have engaged in a fraudulent transfer of real property; 2) was sanctioned for intentional spoliation of data from his computers in violation of a court protective order; and 3) did not pay enrollment fees for a continuing education course he attended, and did not provide proof of payment upon CFP Board’s request.

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.

23348 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misappropriation; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Interim Suspension; Forgery; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 102; 401(a); 607; Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 103(e); 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP ® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she did not respond to a Complaint issued to her by CFP Board.

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

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.

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.

31329 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Continuing Education Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); 6.2
Matter Type(s): Case Developed By Staff
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) repeatedly and knowingly tried to deceive the CFP Board when submitting continuing education (“CE”) credits that he did not complete and (2) falsified the CE Certificates and attempted to submit them to CFP Board as proof of completion.

30047 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fiduciary Duty; civil-judgements; Customer Complaints; Judgment Lien
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.1; 4.3; 4.5; 400-2; 500-2; Article-13.2; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Other Professional Discipline; Liens and judgments
Decision Date: 04/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was permanently barred by a state securities commissioner for 1) unreasonable fees and Breach of Fiduciary Duty for collecting a management fee of $39,727.95 while client accounts earned $332.46 money market interest, 2) failing to maintain a positive net worth at all times and failing to disclose it, and 3) failing to disclose two civil judgments and two customer complaints.


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.


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”). 

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.


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.

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.

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