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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

27841 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Customer Complaints; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 607; 701; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold clients a tenant in common (“TIC”) interest that concentrated the clients’ total net worth and investable assets into a single property without performing a cash flow analysis to determine if the clients would have sufficient income and liquid assets to cover their living expenses.

28197 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/18/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she represented her compensation structure as “fee-only” on a public search engine.

28263 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 05/09/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she represented on her firm website that there were no conflicts of interest associated with her commission-based advice.

28285 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(b); 6.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in an outside business activity without providing notice and receiving prior written approval from his Firm; and 2) falsely certified to his broker-dealer that he was not engaged in outside business activity.

28295 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 2.2(a); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 06/17/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he represented his compensation as “fee-only” and later as “salary.”

28296 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--No Merit
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 05/15/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he represented that he was a salaried employee of his firm.

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.


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.

28972 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 6.5; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/31/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he misrepresented his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search tool.

29019 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29042 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he publicly misrepresented his compensation method as “fee only” to clients and prospective clients on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search tool.

29043 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/29/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she disclosed her compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function despite her employment with Bank, which is affiliated with a broker-dealer.

29220 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.1; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/26/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he publicly represented his compensation method as “fee only” on the “Find” search tool while registered with a broker-dealer that earns commissions for selling securities and while he still receives commissions for securities and insurance products that he previously sold.

29221 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/29/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while registered as a registered representative with a broker-dealer and while receiving trailing commissions as a licensed insurance agent.

29234 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/13/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while serving as a registered representative of a broker-dealer.

29235 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/24/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function, while registered as a registered representative and while receiving commissions from insurance sales.

29262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 6.5; 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

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