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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.


28882 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Customer Complaint; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 06/01/2014
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) executed a trade for a client at a later time and date than the client original requested; 2) misstated to the client his firm’s policy on management fees charged on cash balances; 3) directed his assistant to falsely state on a membership renewal application that he had no customer complaints within the last five years when he did; and 4) accepting a trade for a client via email.


26505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 607; 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/30/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he effectuated a series of withdrawals totaling approximately $22,000 from Client’s 401(k) account based solely on the oral instructions of her husband, despite Respondent’s previous assurances to Client that her husband had no access to the account, resulting in surrender penalties of almost $500, as well as income taxes on the withdrawals and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

16502 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); Article 3(a); 102; 704; 606(b); 607; 201; 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold promissory notes without receiving prior approval from his firm, resulting in: 1) a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) bar; 2) two terminations; and 3) two civil suits being filed against him.

18861 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; Article 3(a); 607; 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately completed a health insurance application for a client (“Client”), leading to rescission of the Client’s coverage and Respondent’s violation of a state statutory provision.

21365 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Supervision; Record-Keeping; Advertising; Misrepresentation; Continuing Education Violation; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(b); 101(a); 705; 701; 401(a); 606(a); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/11/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority investigation showed that he and his company violated securities laws related to the sale of securities on military bases.

21403 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Unauthorized Transaction; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/14/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she executed trades in a trust account without the trustee’s authorization.

21718 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 701; 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/05/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) corrected a trading error in a client’s account by reimbursing the client from his own personal funds, rather than following firm policy with respect to resolving trading errors; and 2) traded a security in his personal securities account ahead of trading the same security in a client’s account.

24137 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 2.1; 6.5; 4.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/06/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) obtained approval for a commission increase on a 401K plan from a company executive who did not normally approve such changes; and 2) recommended that officers of the company transfer management of their personal assets to Respondent’s new firm without disclosing that they would incur surrender charges.

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.

24933 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Unauthorized Transaction; Professionalism; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 6.5; 2.2(b)
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: 1) made unauthorized trades by liquidating a deceased client’s trust account causing the trust to incur commissions; 2) was unaware that the bank trustee could have contacted the broker-dealer directly to avoid transaction costs; and 3) agreed to accept $200,000 as a beneficiary of the client’s trust account, while maintaining his role advisor to the trust.

25306 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Settlement; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 3.6; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/13/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) borrowed $8,000 from his clients; 2) did not inform his Firm of the loan and was allowed to resign as a result; 3) violated National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules, resulting in a suspension and fine; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the suspension.

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.

25984 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 01/04/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondnet") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to properly execute a client's ("Client") requests for automatic transfers between two accounts; and 2) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

26250 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 6.5; 4.3; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/13/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) used discretion in client accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the clients and prior written acceptance of their accounts as discretionary from his firm; 2) was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA,” formerly known that the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”); and 3) reported his FINRA suspension more than 30 days after receiving notification of the suspension.

27686 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 5.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when 1) he retained signed incomplete documents in 34 client files in violation of his broker dealer’s documents signature policy; 2) he failed to direct his assistant to remove incomplete documents from the client files; and 3) his broker dealer terminated his registration.

27791 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) sold fixed-indexed annuities outside of his firm, in violation of firm policy and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010; and 2) two representatives under his supervision sold fixed-indexed annuities outside of the firm.

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.

28146 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.3; 4.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she knowingly allowed a client to impersonate her daughter during a phone call with an insurance company, which lead to Respondent’s termination by his Firm and a 2012 Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”).

28183 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he exercised discretion in entering orders for a client’s account without obtaining prior written discretionary authority, thereby violating his firm’s policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010.

28497 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Forgery; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 1.4; Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he used a client’s authentic signature from a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”) Adoption Agreement to forge an IRA Distribution Form in violation of firm policy.

28574 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Customer Complaints; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct he used discretion to buy bond funds for a client’s account, without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and prior written acceptance of the account as discretionary from his firm, in violation of National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. of “FINRA”) Conduct Rule 2510(b) and FINRA Rule 2010.

28675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 4.4; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had his clients sign blank Automated Customer Account Transfer (“ACAT”) forms.

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.

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