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30699 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he falsely attested to his firm that he had confirmed a customer's intention to transfer funds out of the customer's account, enabling fraudulent transfers from that account. 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

30788 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Employer Policy Violation; Private-Securities-Transaction; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) exceeded the scope of his pre-approved outside business activities (“OBAs”) by providing services to a company amounting to day-to-day management; (2) engaged in two undisclosed OBAs (i.e., managing a consulting firm and a family member’s LLC); and (3) engaged in a private securities transaction for the family member’s LLC without his firm’s prior approval. 

30803 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Customer Complaints; Private-Securities-Transaction; Outside Business Activity; Professional Discipline; Failure-to-timely-Amend-U-4; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Employer Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to timely amend and update his Form U4 to disclose a short sale and a compromise (2) introduced and recommended to clients that they provide a short-term business loan to an investment without providing prior and/or prompt written notice to his firm; and (3) introduced and recommended an investment to three firm clients without providing prior written notice to ABC of his participation in the transactions. 

30648 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Client Neglect; Client's Best Interest; Embezzlement or Other Financial; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.2; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; CFP Board; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account, in violation of Firm’s compliance policies, which expressly stated that the use of an outside email system by a financial advisor to communicate with clients, prospects or other Firm associated persons regarding Firm business, or for any other Firm business purpose is prohibited; 2) forwarded account information for a securities customer to the same outside/personal email address, in violation of FINRA Rule 2010; and 3) failed to take prudent steps to protect the security of information and property, including the security of stored information, whether physically or electronically, that was within Respondent’s control when she conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account.


29377 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; Employer Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he impersonated a client on the telephone to execute trades in the client’s account.


28691 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed nine purchase transactions in the client’s account without written authorization, in violation of his firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Rule 2510(b) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010.


29557 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(e); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) utilized deceptive, fraudulent, and manipulative strategies involving the purchase and sale of ABCD stock; 2) engaged in pre-arranged trading in an attempt to create a false or misleading appearance of active trading relating to the market for ABCD stock; and 3) manipulated the price of ABCD stock, which ultimately led to him entering into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”), barring him from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) member in any capacity; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the FINRA bar within 30 calendar days of his notification of the bar.

30577 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 4.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) filed a separate tax return for WF for 2013 after receiving a request by BS to file jointly and without informing BS that WF requested Respondent file a separate tax return for that tax year; and 2) improperly assessed a BS a fee for his services.  


29793 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Failure to Cooperate with Staff
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 6.1; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) charged 47 advisory clients a “one-time set up fee” when they opened their accounts, despite the fact that he had been informed by his supervisor that he could not charge such fees; (2) charged 32 clients for his services in preparing their tax returns and received payment directly from the clients; (3) received commissions for selling insurance products directly from outside insurance carriers; and (4) failed to contact his former firm to request information related to the an arbitration, thereby failing to fully cooperate with CFP Board’s investigation and obstructing CFP Board’s staff in the performance of their duty.  


30010 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Misrepresentation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Churning
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.4
Matter Type(s): Sales Practice Violations; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; Customer Complaint to Firm
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) exercised discretion in the clients’ accounts without written discretionary authorization from the clients; 2) churned the clients’ accounts; 3) exercised discretion in the clients’ accounts without written discretionary authorization from the clients; 4) falsely informed a client that the total commissions owed to him and his firm would be the same whether they paid fees based on a percentage of the assets under management or fees based on each transaction executed in the accounts; 5) failed to disclose a regulatory action to State within 30 days; and 6) failed to report this suspension of a professional license to CFP Board within the required 30 calendar days


27406 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Misrepresentation; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 4.4; 4.5; 1.4; 2.1; Article 3(b); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) relied on a non-guaranteed 12% gross rate of return in a Variable Universal Life (“VUL”) Insurance policy illustration to determine how long the product would remain in force; 2) recommended that his client purchase a VUL with a limited no lapse period when the client’s goal was life insurance paid up for life; and 3) told a client that a VUL would almost triple her money.

28734 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Suitability; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 5.1; 6.5; 4.3; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/21/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed the names of six clients on suitability forms and failed to disclose his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) suspension to CFP Board within 30 days as required by Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

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.

28739 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 701; 201; 202; 705
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold the client unsuitable variable annuities, recommended the client mortgage her home to invest the proceeds and sold the client a LTC insurance policy that did not meet her needs.

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.

28835 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 3.6; 4.4; Article 3(b); 1.4; 607; 6.5; 2.2(e); Article 3(a); 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 10/16/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) through his alter ego, his company, borrowed money from multiple clients, including a financial planning client; and 2) personally borrowed money from a client.

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.

28937 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, as a director of a registered investment company, approved advisory contracts for the investment company without having all the information he requested as reasonably necessary to evaluate the contracts, in violation of Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act.

28945 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/30/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in investment advisory business in State without proper registration, resulting in a Consent Order from the State Securities Division; and 2) failed to disclose the Consent Order with State on his 2009, 2012 and 2014 CFP® certification Renewal Applications.

28992 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(a); 4.3; 406; 4.1; 4.4; 2.2(b); 606(a); 201; 1.4; 407(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/07/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in outside business activities (“OBAs”) without provide notice to, and obtaining approval from, his firm in accordance with ICP’s procedures; 2) served in a fiduciary capacity as either a primary or successor trustee, or attorney-in-fact for clients without adequately disclosing to the clients how those roles might conflict with his position as their financial advisor; 3) encouraged and assisted a client to make him the beneficiary of the client’s annuity without adequately disclosing the conflict of interest created between Respondent serving as the client’s financial advisor and being designated as the beneficiary of one of the client’s assets; and 4) advised clients not to seek advice regarding the conflict of interest of making him the fiduciary of their estate and/or trust a beneficiary.

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”).

29017 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 3.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/06/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to obtain the proper verbal authorization from a client, as required by his firm’s Procedures Manual, prior to executing a trade, resulting in unauthorized trades and the wiring of a client’s funds to a criminal in response to a fraudulent trade request.

29051 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 06/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended a client liquidate her variable annuity without: 1) becoming the agent of record on the variable annuity; 2) handling the liquidation through his employer; 3) seeking approval from his employer for conducting outside business activities; and 4) knowing the cost basis of the variable annuity prior to making the recommendation.

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