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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.


14399 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(a); 606(a); Article 3(e); 607; 606(b); 407(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he conducted outside business activities without disclosing them to his employer and without obtaining his employer’s approval.

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.

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.

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.

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.

25939 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Professionalism; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.4; Article 3(d); 607; 606(b); 406; 606(a); 407(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/20/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to disclose outside business activities to his employer.

26425 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Client's Best Interest; Employer Policy Violation; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 407(a); 201; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 409
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) issued two promissory notes to a client in connection with a real estate-related outside business activity without prior approval from his firm; and 2) was terminated by his firm for issuing the promissory notes.

26853 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Forgery; Employer Policy Violation; Outside Business Activity; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 406; 701; 407(a); Article 3(a); 201; 704; 102; 401(a); 607; 606(b)
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) failed to provide his firm ("Broker-Dealer") with notice of his involvment in private securities transactions with a managed currency program ("Fund"), in violation of National Association Securities Dealers ("NASD", now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or "FINRA") Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; 2) recommended and sold investments that were not approved by Broker-Dealer and that were outside the scope of his employment with Broker-Dealer; 3) used an outside email accout to skirt Broker-Dealer's internal controls; 4) informed his clients that the Fund was a safe investment when it was not safe; 5) signed a customer's name to account related documnets without the customer's knowledge or consent at least 16 times, in violation of NASD Conduct Rule 2110; 6) did not disclose his compensation arrangement to clients; 7) did not disclose the referral fees he received for directing clients' investments to the Fund; 8) was suspended by FINRA for violating NASD Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; and 9) had his securities license revoked by the State Securities Division for failing to respond to the State's Order to Show Cause.

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.

27227 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Forgery; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 6.5; 4.3; Article 3(a); 4.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010; 2) allowed clients to sign incomplete documents; and 3) allowed an assistant to add information to documents after clients had signed the document.

27640 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4; 4.1; 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) could be certified when his employer terminated him because he sold fixed-indexed annuities outside without his employer’s approval, and in violation of his employer’s policy.

27854 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 408; 102; 406; 5.1; 4.5; 606(a); 6.5; 701; 201; 4.1; 4.4; 407(a); 4.3; 607
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 03/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) helped another individual to sell away variable annuities; 2) engaged in private securities transactions without obtaining the prior approval and consent of his employer; 3) shared commissions without the prior approval and consent of his employer; and 4) purchased new variable annuities for his clients without first processing 1035 Exchanges for the old variable annuities, thereby creating a taxable event and potentially exposing his clients to higher capital gains taxes.

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.

28508 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 407(a); 705; 401(a); 703; 202; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended the Biotech Company stock to Client without giving the client the prospectuses or PPMs for the penny stock investments: 2) sold the Biotech Company stock to Client without the knowledge or approval of Firm; 3) discouraged the Clients from selling the penny stocks, while he sold his own Biotech Company shares; 4) recommended to Client the loan to Biotech Company, a company in which he had a personal stake, without disclosing the inherent conflict of interest; and 5) personally reimbursed Client $30,000 as compensation for a loan recommendation he made to Client.

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.


30876 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 4.1; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allocated block trades in a manner inconsistent with his firm’s disclosed trading policy.


30764 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Custody-of-Client-Funds; Failure-to-Supervise; Record-Keeping; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to maintain proper books and records, failed to provide proper custody of client funds, and failed to verify the credentials of a colleague that were posted on Respondent’s business website. 
 

29973 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Compensation; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; Article-4; Article 3(d); 5.1; Article-13.4; Article-13.1; 4.3; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; CFP Board
Decision Date: 02/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he shared commissions with two unregistered individuals and caused his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate. 


30577 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 4.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) filed a separate tax return for WF for 2013 after receiving a request by BS to file jointly and without informing BS that WF requested Respondent file a separate tax return for that tax year; and 2) improperly assessed a BS a fee for his services.  


28992 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(a); 4.3; 406; 4.1; 4.4; 2.2(b); 606(a); 201; 1.4; 407(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/07/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in outside business activities (“OBAs”) without provide notice to, and obtaining approval from, his firm in accordance with ICP’s procedures; 2) served in a fiduciary capacity as either a primary or successor trustee, or attorney-in-fact for clients without adequately disclosing to the clients how those roles might conflict with his position as their financial advisor; 3) encouraged and assisted a client to make him the beneficiary of the client’s annuity without adequately disclosing the conflict of interest created between Respondent serving as the client’s financial advisor and being designated as the beneficiary of one of the client’s assets; and 4) advised clients not to seek advice regarding the conflict of interest of making him the fiduciary of their estate and/or trust a beneficiary.

29005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 102; 1.4; 201; 5.1; 406; 606(b); 4.1; 4.4; 401(a); 606(a); 6.5; 2.2(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold “C” shares to her clients not because they were suitable, but as a method of ensuring that she was paid for her advisory services, and failed to: 1) enter into written advisory agreements with her “C” share advisory clients; 2) provide written disclosures required by Part 2 of Form ADV to her “C” share advisory clients; and 3) provide a complete description of the share class options and fees of mutual funds to her “C” share advisory clients and failed to: 1) ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations; 2) enforce the RIA Manual requirement of a written advisory agreement for clients using “C” shares as an advisory fee; and 3) enforce the requirement of delivery of the Disclosure Document. Respondent also failed to reasonably supervise her salespersons by failing to ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations. Respondent also failed to report her suspension by State from acting in any principal or supervisory capacity for twelve months to CFP Board within 30 calendar days, in violation of Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

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