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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. 

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.


26505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 607; 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/30/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he effectuated a series of withdrawals totaling approximately $22,000 from Client’s 401(k) account based solely on the oral instructions of her husband, despite Respondent’s previous assurances to Client that her husband had no access to the account, resulting in surrender penalties of almost $500, as well as income taxes on the withdrawals and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

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.

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.

21544 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Settlement; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 102; Article 3(d); 202; 501(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/04/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she impersonated a client in order to effect a transfer of accounts from one Broker-Dealer to another.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24809 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability; Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Borrowing from Client; Fitness; Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 202; Article 3(e); 406; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 701; 201; 102; 401(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) offered and sold unregistered securities to clients in violation of sections of the State Securities Act; 2) failed to inform clients that the foreign currency exchange (“FOREX”) trading program investments were securities that were not registered with any state or federal regulatory authority; 3) participated in private securities transactions for compensation without providing written notice to and receiving written authorization from the Firm, in violation of its written procedures and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; 4) borrowed $200,000 from a client in violation of the Firm’s written procedures and NASD Conduct Rules 2370 and 2110; 5) sold a product that the Firm did not have a selling agreement with, in violation of its written procedures; and 6) failed to provide requested information to FINRA in violation of NASD Rule 8210 and NASD Conduct Rule 2110.

24933 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Unauthorized Transaction; Professionalism; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 6.5; 2.2(b)
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: 1) made unauthorized trades by liquidating a deceased client’s trust account causing the trust to incur commissions; 2) was unaware that the bank trustee could have contacted the broker-dealer directly to avoid transaction costs; and 3) agreed to accept $200,000 as a beneficiary of the client’s trust account, while maintaining his role advisor to the trust.

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.

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.

27037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Suitability; Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 202; 6.5; 405; 607; 606(b); 201; 701; 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 09/13/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold 20,000 stock put options in SH and YH’s account, resulting in a total unrealized loss of $430,000 and a realized loss of almost $2 million; 2) charged SH and YH full commissions on their trades when they should have been entitled to discounted rates based on the size of their investment accounts; 3) charged SH and YH an exorbitant fee of 8% a year; 4) altered the clients’ new account forms with White-out, causing Firm to retain and preserve altered records and causing him to be suspended by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) for violation of firm policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Conduct Rules 2110 and 3110; and 5) failed to report his FINRA suspension within 30 days.

27228 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(f); 607; 704; 406; 701; 606(a); 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/27/2012
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.

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.

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.

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