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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.


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.

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.

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.

19994 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Disclosure to Clients; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201; 409; 406; 607; 102; Article 3(f); 606(b); 407(a); 408
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Client Dissatisfaction; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold an interest-bearing promissory note to her client (“Client”) that she represented to the Client as a limited liability interest in a real estate investment venture.

20996 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 606(b); 202; 607; 702(b); 701; 102; 201
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/27/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) represented that an annuity maximization concept was appropriate and reasonably designed to meet Client’s needs and goals; 2) failed to disclose to Client that he received a commission due to his sale of a universal life insurance policy to her; 3) misrepresented Client’s assets in order to obtain the universal life insurance policy; 4) recommending a transaction that was inappropriate for Client but allowed Respondent to gain financially; 5) failed to disclose the tax consequences of the sale of mutual funds; 6) failed to fully investigate Client’s heir’s tax liability by considering the state and federal inheritance tax exemptions and the cost basis of each individual annuity; and 7) failed to appropriately determine Client’s cash flow needs in relation to her potential long-term care needs.

21547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 202; 201; 401(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) invested the majority of a client’s investment funds in a long-term contract when one of the client’s goals was liquidity; 2) did not inform the client of a federal tax benefit that would allow for liquidity; 3) did not disclose information about fees, charges or commissions regarding a variable annuity in which she invested the client’s funds; and 4) did not disclose to the client that Respondent was only authorized to sell long-term care insurance policies for one company.

21763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201
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 return the financial planning fee to a client, who terminated Respondent’s services, until six months after the fee request.

21937 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Supervision; Securities Laws Violation; Fitness; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 701; 606(a); 201; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to conduct adequate due diligence of investments that he recommended to clients; and 2) entered into a settlement agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in which he agreed to a one-year bar from associating with any investment adviser.

22103 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Supervision; Professional Discipline; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(a); 607; 606(b); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) persistently failed to properly document customer transactions and was subsequently terminated by his firm and investigated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”, formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers, or “NASD”); and 2) continued to act as a compliance officer in some capacity, despite entering into a Letter of Understanding wherein he agreed to no longer act as a compliance officer.

22305 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Conflict of Interest; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 201; 606(b); 409; 607
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/06/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) accepted a $100,000 loan from a client, which violated his firm's policy against borrowing from clients; 2) failed to repay the client's loan according to the original terms of the promssory note; 3) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the promissory note; 4) failed to determine whether the promissory note he executed with his client was appropriate for his client; 5) allowed the client to purchase a piece of real estate for Respondent's benefit; and 6) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the client's purchase of a piece of real estate.

22451 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Competency; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Disclosure to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 302; 401(a); 606(a); 408; 406; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold promissory notes to individuals who were not customers of his broker-dealer (“Broker-Dealer”) without notice to the Broker-Dealer; and 2) received compensation for the sale of the promissory notes without permission from the Broker-Dealer.

22807 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 705; 606(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) fostered a sales culture that encouraged the utilization of proprietary products to enhance revenue; 2) recommended proprietary products that were not in the best interest of the clients; 3) allowed advisors under his supervision to engage in forgery and false record-keeping; 4) permitted the forging of signatures on documentation submitted to the corporate office to release compensation; and 5) directed his staff person to affix his name on an internal broker-dealer exception request form.

22855 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 406; 606(b); 606(a); 6.5; 705
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) failed to adequately supervise Subordinate's professional services; 2) made a guest appearance on a television show and authored a newsletter column ("Media Appearances") without prior approval by her Firm: 3) violated National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD", now know as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or "FINRA") Conduct Rule 2210(b)(1) because she failed to obtain prior approval from her registered principal before making Media Appearances; and 4) defaulted on her credit card payment obligations.

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.

25123 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fitness; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 408; 606(a); 201; 607; 407(a); Article 3(a); 102; 406; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) transacted business in the State without being properly registered as an agent of the issuer; 2) offered and sold unregistered securities of the issuer; and 3) entered into a Letter of Engagement with Controlling Company, in violation of his broker-dealer’s internal policy.

25698 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Borrowing from Client; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 102; 606(b); 409; 607; 501; 201
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) described three private placement funds to a client as being safe and secure when they were actually highly speculative, nonpublic investments; 2) recommended and implemented a life insurance exchange for a client that resulted in more expense and less benefit for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 3) recommended and implemented an annuity exchange for a client that created a surrender penalty of approximately $21,000 for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 4) recommended three private placements to a client in which Respondent was personally invested; 5) accepted an interest-free loan from a client without executing a promissory note; and 6) forwarded a client’s contact information to the representatives of three private placements without the client’s consent.

25940 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 201; Article 3(d); 606(b); 701
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 ensure that a registered representative under his supervision disclosed his participation in a Stock to Cash program after learning that the representative had ignored his prior instruction to make such disclosure; 2) failed to supervise a registered representative’s performance of the representative’s suitability and due diligence obligations when recommending Stock to Cash to customers; and 3) violated NASD Conduct Rules 3010 and 2110 and was suspended by FINRA from acting in a principal capacity for 15 business days.

25994 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 201; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 406
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 did not respond to a Complaint issued to him by CFP Board.

26226 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 5.1; 607; 6.5; 201; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in a private securities transaction with a client and failed to: a) give prior written notice to his firm regarding his outside business activities; and b) obtain prior written approval from his firm regarding his outside business activities, in violation of his firm’s company policy requiring disclosure of outside business activities; and 2) failed to disclose to a client the referral fee he received for the client’s investment in the private securities transaction.

26286 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 102; 408
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) falsely denied that he acted in a fiduciary capacity for firm customers and had a financial interest in any customer accounts on his firm's compliance questionnaies on seven occasions; and 2) entered into a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA," formerly know as the National Association of Securities Dealers or "NASD") in which he consented to the entry of findings that he violated NASD Conduct Rule 2110, a one-year suspension from association with any FINRA member in any capacity, and a $10,000 fine.

27166 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 606(a); Article 3(e); 701; Article 3(d); 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/02/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to ensure a subordinate provided supporting documentation relating to his subordinate's valuation of the subordinate's hedge fund ("Fund"); 2) failed to ensure that his subordinate obtained an independent financial audit of the Fund; and 3) failed to ensure that the Fund's quarterly statements and newsletters were reviewed and approved.

27453 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 201; 6.5; 702(a); 606(b); 6.1; 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 09/17/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) assisted a client to amend his living trust and pour-over will that provided compensation and assets to the client’s life partner and multiple charities; and 2) failed to respond to CFP Board’s requests for information.

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.

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