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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.


11390 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Misappropriation; Breach of Contract; Bankruptcy; Misrepresentation; Forgery; Customer Complaints; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 102; 606(b); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/16/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; 2) was convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol; and 3) was the subject of a series of arbitrations and customer complaints from 2001 through 2007.

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.

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.

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.

16726 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Disclosure to CFP Board; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/30/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) Made exaggerated statements and improper projections about clients’ accounts; 2) Prepared and/or used documents that had not been approved by a registered principal of Respondent’s firm; 3) Failed to retain records showing which sales materials were disseminated to customers; and 4) Failed to disclose a 2003 civil suit and a 2003 National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) arbitration on the Declaration Section of his Initial Application for CFP® Certification.

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.

21533 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Misdemeanor; DUI/DWI; Settlement; Felony-Non-Violent Crime
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(c); Article 3(a); 607; Article 12.2
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she was convicted of: 1) leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious injury, which is a felony; and 2) driving under the influence, which is a misdemeanor.

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.

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.

22598 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fitness; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Settlement; Misdemeanor; DUI/DWI
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(c); Article 3(e); 607
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he pleaded guilty to a Driving Under the Influence charge in 2008, and did not notify CFP Board within 10 days of his criminal conviction.

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.

24020 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Competency; Fitness; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); Article 3(a); 201; 302; 606(b); 609; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she prepared a legal document without being authorized to practice law.

24452 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Breach of Contract; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Fitness; Other Ethics; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to satisfy his payment obligations for a least five CFP® professionals who provided instructor services for his consulting company (“Company”); 2) breached his contract with University A and B, resulting in outstanding debt obligations to University A and B; and 3) filed for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

24481 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 606(b); 201; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his unaccredited client with limited assets invest over half her assets in an illiquid investment that required investor accreditation.

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.

25362 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client; Bankruptcy; Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010; and 2) encouraged his friends to invest in his brother’s real estate project.

25371 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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.

26986 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misdemeanor; Professionalism; DUI/DWI
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(c); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 04/26/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), a criminal misdemeanor, three times over a period of eight years.

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