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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.


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.

15982 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Disclosure to Clients; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Arbitration; Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); 701; 102
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to clarify his lack of involvement in recommending and endorsing a particular investment to his clients; and 2) executed transactions on a client’s behalf without first confirming that the proper written authorization was in place.

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.

16836 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Record-Keeping; Client Neglect; Suitability; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/07/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) implemented an aggressive investment strategy for an elderly client (“Client”); 2) did not inform the Client that she had unrealistic investment expectations; 3) did not review the Client’s accounts after implementing the investment; and 4) did not respond to the Client’s calls.

17554 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fiduciary Duty; Settlement; Diligence; Misrepresentation; Breach of Contract; Negligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/18/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he completed a client’s (“Client”) life insurance application inaccurately, resulting in the Client’s wife being denied benefits under the Client’s life insurance policy after the Client’s death.

17640 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Arbitration; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 201; 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/10/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not meet with a client (“Client”) regarding a discrepancy in the number of checks written from the Client’s Cash Management Account, which was later found to involve unlawful activity by the Client’s health care aide; and 2) did not bring the matter to his branch manager’s attention.

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.

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.

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.

19410 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; Article 3(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/05/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his client sign an individual retirement account liquidation form without first discussing the consequences with her.

19812 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Settlement; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Misrepresentation; Breach of Contract; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 08/24/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when a state civil court found him liable for violation of a state Consumer Protection Act after the wife of a former client (“Client”) lost her claim for benefits due to an inaccurate answer on the Client’s life insurance application.

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.

21362 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Diligence; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 701; 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/05/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant ("Respondent") violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not inform his client (“Client”) of a change in the federal tax law that negatively affected a retirement plan Respondent and his partner had implemented for the Client.

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.

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.

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.

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.

23335 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Diligence; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 606(b); 201; 701; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he repeatedly purchased securities in a non-discretionary account without authorization from the client (“Client”).

23825 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Outside Business Activity; Diligence; Settlement; Employer Policy Violation; Disclosure to Clients; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; Article 3(a); 406; 606(b); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to add a living benefit rider to an annuity as requested by two clients; 2) represented that an annuity had a principal guarantee when the guarantee existed only upon death; and 3) failed to disclose his outside fixed annuity business to his employer.

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.

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.

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