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30896 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 6.5; 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2019
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he obtained reimbursement from his firm for computer equipment he purchased but then returned or cancelled, and when he encouraged other employees to do the same and to lie to firm investigators about it.

30421 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he maintained blank documents that were pre-signed by his clients in order to facilitate transactions for clients. 
 

30758 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered documents already signed by clients, which resulted in employment termination and a FINRA suspension. 

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.


28882 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/01/2014
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) executed a trade for a client at a later time and date than the client original requested; 2) misstated to the client his firm’s policy on management fees charged on cash balances; 3) directed his assistant to falsely state on a membership renewal application that he had no customer complaints within the last five years when he did; and 4) accepting a trade for a client via email.


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.

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.

22513 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Fitness; Bankruptcy; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to CFP Board; Commingling; Borrowing from Client; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 409; Article 3(a); 607; 201; 704; 103(d)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
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.

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.

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.

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.

26763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fitness; Diligence; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; Article 3(a); 5.1
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 04/26/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he was censured and fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for: 1) failing to ensure that his firm ("Firm") maintained complete and accurate employee records; 2) instructing an associated person to backdate employment-related documents; and 3) knowingly submitting the backdated documents to the SEC without disclosing that they were backdated.

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.

28077 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; 5.1; 2.1; 6.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she provided information to a client’s creditors regarding purported wire transfers from the client’s brokerage accounts which the client had not actually made.

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.

28523 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Negligence; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.6; 5.1; 6.5; 3.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 05/11/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sent unencrypted email correspondence containing confidential client information; 2) placed four trades and facilitated two wire transfers in a client’s account without discretion; and 3) directed his assistant to aid in the execution of four trades and two wire transfers in a client’s account without discretion.

28675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 4.4; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had his clients sign blank Automated Customer Account Transfer (“ACAT”) forms.

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.


30894 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Forged-Client-Signatures; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/12/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she signed three customer names on documents and submitted the documents to the customers’ annuity carrier.


30699 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he falsely attested to his firm that he had confirmed a customer's intention to transfer funds out of the customer's account, enabling fraudulent transfers from that account. 

28993 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misappropriation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; 406; 102; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/05/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he misappropriated funds and submitted false records to his member firm regarding business expense reimbursement claims for personal expenditures over a period of more than five years.

29017 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 3.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/06/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to obtain the proper verbal authorization from a client, as required by his firm’s Procedures Manual, prior to executing a trade, resulting in unauthorized trades and the wiring of a client’s funds to a criminal in response to a fraudulent trade request.

29347 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Fiduciary Duty; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; 2.2(a); 1.4; 4.3; Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 2.1; 2.2(e)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/26/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he directed his clients to sign, but not date, numerous incomplete and blank forms, including account registration forms, transfer forms, and annuity application forms, which did not include written disclosure of information such as fees, sales charges, or surrender charges.

29693 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 4.4; 2.2(b); 5.1; 1.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; Termination
Decision Date: 11/25/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to make disclosures regarding his ownership of an investment advisory firm.

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