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30941 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Employer Action
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed a client’s name on two checks without her knowledge or permission and presented the checks to his firm for deposit without obtaining the firm’s permission for signing on the client’s behalf.


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. 

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. 

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.


30692 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Disclose; Due-Diligence; Failure-to-Disclose-to-Firm; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-3(e)-3(d); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 4.2
Matter Type(s): Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) engaged in an undisclosed outside business activity; (2) failed to perform due diligence in connection with the outside business activity, leading to a bar by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”); and (3) failed to disclose his FINRA bar to CFP Board.


30850 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Report; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.5; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) made an unsuitable investment recommendation to a client; (2) misrepresented the values of annuities being recommended to that client; (3) placed his interest above his client’s interest by making an unsuitable recommendation that resulted in more than $25,000 in commission fees for the Respondent; and (4) failed to report a subsequent suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) to CFP Board within 30 days.


30210 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Fiduciary Duty; Client's Best Interest; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Regulatory Action; Professionalism; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) invested client resources into two hedge funds managed by the Respondent, when the sole investment of the funds was an Energy company with only one illiquid asset; (2) misrepresented the assets held by the hedge funds to investors; and (3) oversaw improper valuations of the hedge funds’ assets that were in violation of rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

30788 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Employer Policy Violation; Private-Securities-Transaction; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 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: (1) exceeded the scope of his pre-approved outside business activities (“OBAs”) by providing services to a company amounting to day-to-day management; (2) engaged in two undisclosed OBAs (i.e., managing a consulting firm and a family member’s LLC); and (3) engaged in a private securities transaction for the family member’s LLC without his firm’s prior approval. 

30803 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Customer Complaints; Private-Securities-Transaction; Outside Business Activity; Professional Discipline; Failure-to-timely-Amend-U-4; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Employer Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to timely amend and update his Form U4 to disclose a short sale and a compromise (2) introduced and recommended to clients that they provide a short-term business loan to an investment without providing prior and/or prompt written notice to his firm; and (3) introduced and recommended an investment to three firm clients without providing prior written notice to ABC of his participation in the transactions. 

29377 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; Employer Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he impersonated a client on the telephone to execute trades in the client’s account.


28691 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed nine purchase transactions in the client’s account without written authorization, in violation of his firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Rule 2510(b) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010.


29557 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(e); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) utilized deceptive, fraudulent, and manipulative strategies involving the purchase and sale of ABCD stock; 2) engaged in pre-arranged trading in an attempt to create a false or misleading appearance of active trading relating to the market for ABCD stock; and 3) manipulated the price of ABCD stock, which ultimately led to him entering into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”), barring him from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) member in any capacity; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the FINRA bar within 30 calendar days of his notification of the bar.

28738 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Disclosure to Clients; Diligence; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 703; 701; 401(b); 6.5; 406; 607; 702(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/09/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) failed to inform his clients of the taxes, penalties and interest associated with a Net Unrealized Appreciation (“NUA”) strategy; 2) failed to diligently follow up with the clients regarding the NUA strategy; 3) offered the Clients free advisory services, a refund of advisory/financial planning fees already paid and compensation for the early withdrawal penalty; and 4) did not provide documents requested by CFP Board.

28739 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 701; 201; 202; 705
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold the client unsuitable variable annuities, recommended the client mortgage her home to invest the proceeds and sold the client a LTC insurance policy that did not meet her needs.

28815 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 202; 704; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 6.5; 6.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Other Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) recommended a client invest 75% of her IRA funds in a risky, illiquid alternative investment; 2) recommended and facilitated the sale of interests in six unregistered, real estate investment contracts to 55 of her clients; 3) facilitated the sale of investments without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation was suitable for her customers; and 4) failed to disclose a government investigation and a client-related civil suit on her 2011 Renewal Application.

28825 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 6.5; 201; 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 05/05/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated the securities laws of two states by: 1) acting as an unregistered investment adviser, securities salesperson and/or broker-dealer; 2) offering and selling an unregistered and nonexempt security; 3) offering securities to non-qualified investors; 4) misrepresented by omission in offering materials that the general partner entered into a sub-advisory agreement and shared fees with the sub-advisor; and 5) failed to disclose a state consent order on his Form ADV.

28835 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 3.6; 4.4; Article 3(b); 1.4; 607; 6.5; 2.2(e); Article 3(a); 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 10/16/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) through his alter ego, his company, borrowed money from multiple clients, including a financial planning client; and 2) personally borrowed money from a client.

28937 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, as a director of a registered investment company, approved advisory contracts for the investment company without having all the information he requested as reasonably necessary to evaluate the contracts, in violation of Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act.

28945 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/30/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in investment advisory business in State without proper registration, resulting in a Consent Order from the State Securities Division; and 2) failed to disclose the Consent Order with State on his 2009, 2012 and 2014 CFP® certification Renewal Applications.

28980 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/20/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to pay his IRS and State taxes for the 2000 through 2008 tax years, pay his IRS taxes for the 2009 tax year and amend his Form U4 to disclose two unsatisfied tax liens as required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s (“FINRA”) By-Laws and Rules.

29051 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 06/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended a client liquidate her variable annuity without: 1) becoming the agent of record on the variable annuity; 2) handling the liquidation through his employer; 3) seeking approval from his employer for conducting outside business activities; and 4) knowing the cost basis of the variable annuity prior to making the recommendation.

29190 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 606(a); 406; 201
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/13/2015
Summary: Pursuant to Article 16.2 of CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, an individual who has received a suspension for a period of longer than one year must petition the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) for reinstatement. At the hearing, a petitioner must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has been rehabilitated, has complied with all applicable disciplinary orders and provisions of CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules, and that the petitioner is fit to use the CFP® marks.

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