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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.


20420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Churning; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 703; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Professionalism; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed numerous trades in the account of a client without her approval.

22054 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Employer Policy Violation; Misdemeanor; Forgery; Settlement; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 102; 606(a); 701; 606(b); 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Criminal Court
Decision Date: 11/25/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) was convicted of driving under the influence and; 2) was asked to resign from a financial services firm (“Firm”) after he photocopied a client’s (“Client”) signature onto a Firm document.

22183 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misuse of the Marks; Settlement; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 601; 606(b); 607; Article 3(a); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/03/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he lied to his employer about his use of prohibited solicitation materials, resulting in a Letter of Caution from the National Association of Securities Dealers.

22986 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Interim Suspension; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 612; Article 3(e); 607; Article 3(a); 201; 606(a); 401(a); Article 3(d); 102; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/08/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in outside business activities without obtaining written approval from her employer; 2) did not notify CFP Board of her suspension; 3) recommended that her clients invest in promissory notes issued by her son’s company; and 4) did not disclose risks and other material and relevant information regarding the promissory notes to her clients.

23068 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Commingling; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Loaning to Client; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 606(b); 607; Article 3(e); 201; 406; Article 3(d); 102; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) made a loan to a client (“Client”) in violation of his employer’s written procedures and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD” now know as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules; 2) did not disclose to his employer (“Firm”) that he made the loan to the Client, in violation of Firm policy; 3) did not disclose to his firm that he executed a Power of Attorney granted by the Client; 4) exercised the Power of Attorney in connection with the sale of Respondent’s real property to the Client; 5) established a joint bank account with the Client; 6) was suspended and fined by the FINRA; and 7) did not disclose his FINRA suspension to CFP Board within 10 days.

23323 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Diligence; Outside Business Activity; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Commingling; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 103(d); 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(d); 102; Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/19/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in unauthorized outside business activities resulting in a fine and a suspension of his securities, insurance, and investment advisor licenses for 30 days.

23730 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Confidentiality
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(a); 607; 606(a); 102; 406; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/29/2010
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.

24078 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 607; 102; 606(a)
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 he did not report trust fees as income on his tax returns for the years 2002 to 2003 and was subsequently suspended from legal practice.

24272 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Misrepresentation; Fitness; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline; Revocation of Other Professional License; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(e); 102; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(a); 607; 701; 606(a)
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 she improperly notarized a power of attorney and had her notary license revoked as a result.

24467 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Fitness; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 406; Article 3(a); 102; 607; Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/11/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that the clients over-concentrate their assets in annuities.

24519 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism; Forgery; Fitness; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); 406; 102; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/11/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed clients’ names to account documents, denied doing so during an internal review with his former employer, and failed to disclose this information to his current employer.

24809 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability; Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Borrowing from Client; Fitness; Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 202; Article 3(e); 406; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 701; 201; 102; 401(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) offered and sold unregistered securities to clients in violation of sections of the State Securities Act; 2) failed to inform clients that the foreign currency exchange (“FOREX”) trading program investments were securities that were not registered with any state or federal regulatory authority; 3) participated in private securities transactions for compensation without providing written notice to and receiving written authorization from the Firm, in violation of its written procedures and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; 4) borrowed $200,000 from a client in violation of the Firm’s written procedures and NASD Conduct Rules 2370 and 2110; 5) sold a product that the Firm did not have a selling agreement with, in violation of its written procedures; and 6) failed to provide requested information to FINRA in violation of NASD Rule 8210 and NASD Conduct Rule 2110.

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.

25775 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 5.1; 6.5; Article 3(a); 704; 102; 201; 607; 4.4; 606(b); 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) stated an annual income figure for a client on that client’s account application which he knew to be inaccurate, causing his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate and in violation of NASD Rules 3110 and 2110; 2) recommended to a client that she purchase a variable universal life insurance policy with an annual premium of $10,000 when Respondent knew that the client was unemployed; and 3) was placed on heightened supervision by his firm for violation of the firm’s lending policy and for failure to comply with firm policies and procedures relating to following pre-approval restrictions by accepting a trade on a client’s account from an unauthorized third party; and 4) was terminated by his firm for violating firm policy regarding use of discretion and accepting a trade from an unauthorized party.

27321 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 606(a); 701; 102; 401(a); 607; Article 3(d); 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/03/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to disclose that he was selling unregistered securities, in violation of State law; 2) failed to disclose that he would be compensated for the sale of securities, in violation of State law; 3) sold unregistered, nonexempt securities to 13 clients, in violation of State law; 4) sold an unsuitable promissory note to his client; and 5) failed to adhere to the principles of good business practice when he failed to execute his client's sell orders in a timely manner.

27322 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Forgery; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 607; 606(a); 201; Article 3(g); 606(b); Article 3(a); 612
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/28/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) signed a client’s name on account documents without proper authorization; 2) was terminated by his broker-dealer; 3) was issued a Letter of Caution by NASD; and 4) failed to disclose that he was a respondent in an National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) arbitration on two CFP® Certification Renewal Applications (“Renewal Applications”).

27930 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 701; 201; 406
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not perform due diligence on a 1031 exchange intermediary prior to recommending him to his clients as a Qualified Intermediary for 1031 exchanges; and 2) failed to immediately report to his employer that Intermediary had borrowed clients’ funds to repay his own Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) tax liability, and instead loaned Intermediary the money to repay the borrowed funds.

28139 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Diligence; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 6.4; 606(a); 701; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed and issued an audit opinion letter as a “CPA” in State 1, when Respondent was not licensed in the state as a CPA with the State 1 CPA Board; 2) stated that he had performed an audit of Company 1, when he did not; and 3) did not have any working papers or any other audit documentation to support the audit opinion he signed and issued on behalf of Company 1.

28679 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 302; 701; 606(a); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to have his wife file a tax return for the 2005 tax year and therefore did not report a possible gain based on the differential between the remaining debt on the promissory note and the adjusted tax basis of a property; 2) failed to generate records to sufficiently document his mother’s intentions as proof of the legitimacy a 2003 tax deferred exchange; 3) failed to seek a formal independent third-party review of the 1031 exchange; and 4) provided financial guidance and assistance to his mother in 2003 regarding Medicaid planning although he lacked the requisite knowledge regarding Medicaid and did not seek an independent third-party review of his plan.

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.


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.

28855 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Forgery; Professionalism; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 201; 606(b); 607; 5.1; 4.3; 4.6; 102; 4.4; 406
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) altered client documents, which violated her firm’s policies and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s (“FINRA”) Rule 2010 and 2) created consolidated customer statements which were then provided to certain clients without firm pre-approval.

29005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 102; 1.4; 201; 5.1; 406; 606(b); 4.1; 4.4; 401(a); 606(a); 6.5; 2.2(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold “C” shares to her clients not because they were suitable, but as a method of ensuring that she was paid for her advisory services, and failed to: 1) enter into written advisory agreements with her “C” share advisory clients; 2) provide written disclosures required by Part 2 of Form ADV to her “C” share advisory clients; and 3) provide a complete description of the share class options and fees of mutual funds to her “C” share advisory clients and failed to: 1) ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations; 2) enforce the RIA Manual requirement of a written advisory agreement for clients using “C” shares as an advisory fee; and 3) enforce the requirement of delivery of the Disclosure Document. Respondent also failed to reasonably supervise her salespersons by failing to ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations. Respondent also failed to report her suspension by State from acting in any principal or supervisory capacity for twelve months to CFP Board within 30 calendar days, in violation of Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

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