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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.


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.

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.

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.

21866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commingling; Professionalism; Borrowing from Client; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 602; Article 3(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he borrowed $70,000 from his client’s margin account to invest in a business owned and controlled by Respondent’s wife.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

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.

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.

26226 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 5.1; 607; 6.5; 201; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in a private securities transaction with a client and failed to: a) give prior written notice to his firm regarding his outside business activities; and b) obtain prior written approval from his firm regarding his outside business activities, in violation of his firm’s company policy requiring disclosure of outside business activities; and 2) failed to disclose to a client the referral fee he received for the client’s investment in the private securities transaction.

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.

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.

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.

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