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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.


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.

16145 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement; Diligence; Record-Keeping; Fitness; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Competency
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 405; 402; 606(b); 607; 102
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: 1) treated a client’s payments as nontaxable gifts rather than taxable income; 2) did not disclose the income on his 2000 and 2001 state and federal tax returns; 3) did not disclose to a client the potential for a conflict of interest in serving as the appointed trustee of a trust and as an investment adviser for the trust; 4) double and triple charged clients for services; and 5) failed to disclose commissions.

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.

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.

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.

19410 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; Article 3(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/05/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his client sign an individual retirement account liquidation form without first discussing the consequences with her.

19872 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fitness; Misrepresentation; Advertising; Disclosure to Clients; Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 101(b); 201; 402; 607; 606(b); 102; 606(a); 705; 401(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he knowingly offering securities despite inaccurate financial projections set forth in a private placement memorandum.

19875 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Fitness; Professionalism; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Advertising; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 401(a); 402; 201; 606(a); Article 3(a); 606(b); 607; 101(b)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/22/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she knowingly offered securities despite inaccurate financial projections set forth in a private placement memorandum.

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.

21048 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Felony-Theft; Embezzlement or Other Financial; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Fitness; Misrepresentation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Interim Suspension
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; Article 3(c); 606(b); 606(a); 102; 406; 302; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold securities to clients while not licensed to do so; 2) promised investors large returns and guaranteed their principal on fraudulent investments; and 3) pleaded guilty to a felony investment fraud charge.

21362 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 701; 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/05/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant ("Respondent") violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not inform his client (“Client”) of a change in the federal tax law that negatively affected a retirement plan Respondent and his partner had implemented for the Client.

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.

21781 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Record-Keeping; Conflict of Interest; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 606(b); 606(a); 406
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he caused his firm to violate record-keeping provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

21787 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Unauthorized Use of the Marks; Professional Discipline; Breach of Contract; Suitability; Commingling; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; C
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 102; 704; Article 3(a); 201; Article 3(g); 103(d); 606(b); 606(a); 601; 701
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 02/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not fully inform his client (“Client”) as to the nature of an investment he made for her and did not provide risk disclosure documents to her; 2) did not inform the Client about a civil suit he initiated against the company that offered the product; 3) did not research the company that offered the product before the Client invested in it; 4) commingled his investment funds with the Client’s; 5) used the CFP® marks while not certified; and 6) violated federal and state securities regulations.

21922 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misdemeanor; Felony-Theft; Embezzlement or Other Financial
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); 607
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 08/08/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was involved in a petty larceny offense during college.

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.

22350 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Previous Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board; Securities Laws Violation; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 12.2; Article 3(e); 406; 606(b); 607; 606(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Professionalism
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he performed supervisory functions without proper registration and received a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) suspension and fine as a result.

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.

22516 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 701; Article 3(a); 705; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to reasonably supervise a registered representative (“Representative”); and 2) did not respond adequately to red flags that should have alerted him that the Representative’s transactions were unsuitable for her customers.

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.

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.

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