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31039 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Forgery; Forged-Client-Signatures
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination; Employer Action; Customer Complaint; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered customer signatures on automated customer account transfer forms and mutual fund switch forms to process transactions.


30941 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Employer Action
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed a client’s name on two checks without her knowledge or permission and presented the checks to his firm for deposit without obtaining the firm’s permission for signing on the client’s behalf.


30420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/25/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he had clients sign blank or undated forms and allowed staff to “white-out” dates on those forms in order to reuse them for mutual fund exchanges.


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.

20942 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Client Neglect; Diligence; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(a); 701
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/06/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not notify a client (“Client”) that he would not be preparing her tax returns, and did not follow up with the Client regarding her tax returns.

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.

21744 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Forgery; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 201; 406; 102; 103(c); 607; 202; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/19/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed clients’ signatures on documents without their authorization.

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.

22166 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Forgery; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 201; 607; 606(b); 406; 102; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed clients’ names on documents that the clients did not authorize Respondent to sign; and 2) violated the corporate policy of his broker-dealer in doing so.

23037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Customer Complaints; Fitness; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 409; 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a); 202
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 failed to inform his financial planning client that he was renting her property below the market price and that he exercised discretionary authority over her online account without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and principal approval from Respondent’s firm.

23352 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Client's Best Interest; Suitability; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 202; 201; 607; 606(b); Article 3(b); 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 12/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he failed to: 1) perform an investigation and analysis into the insurance needs of his clients prior to recommending that they purchase insurance policies; 2) perform a cash flow analysis regarding his client’s ability to pay the premiums for the insurance policies recommended by Respondent; and 3) present his insurance recommendations and ensure that the recommendations met his client’s expectations with respect to their ability to “premium offset” in five years.

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.

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.

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.

26853 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Forgery; Employer Policy Violation; Outside Business Activity; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 406; 701; 407(a); Article 3(a); 201; 704; 102; 401(a); 607; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) failed to provide his firm ("Broker-Dealer") with notice of his involvment in private securities transactions with a managed currency program ("Fund"), in violation of National Association Securities Dealers ("NASD", now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or "FINRA") Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; 2) recommended and sold investments that were not approved by Broker-Dealer and that were outside the scope of his employment with Broker-Dealer; 3) used an outside email accout to skirt Broker-Dealer's internal controls; 4) informed his clients that the Fund was a safe investment when it was not safe; 5) signed a customer's name to account related documnets without the customer's knowledge or consent at least 16 times, in violation of NASD Conduct Rule 2110; 6) did not disclose his compensation arrangement to clients; 7) did not disclose the referral fees he received for directing clients' investments to the Fund; 8) was suspended by FINRA for violating NASD Conduct Rules 3040 and 2110; and 9) had his securities license revoked by the State Securities Division for failing to respond to the State's Order to Show Cause.

27004 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/07/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated his firm's policies and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA", formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or "NASD") Rule 2012 and NASD Rule 3110(a) by signing a client's initials to a switch letter.

27037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Forgery; Suitability; Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 202; 6.5; 405; 607; 606(b); 201; 701; 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 09/13/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold 20,000 stock put options in SH and YH’s account, resulting in a total unrealized loss of $430,000 and a realized loss of almost $2 million; 2) charged SH and YH full commissions on their trades when they should have been entitled to discounted rates based on the size of their investment accounts; 3) charged SH and YH an exorbitant fee of 8% a year; 4) altered the clients’ new account forms with White-out, causing Firm to retain and preserve altered records and causing him to be suspended by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) for violation of firm policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Conduct Rules 2110 and 3110; and 5) failed to report his FINRA suspension within 30 days.

27227 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Forgery; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 6.5; 4.3; Article 3(a); 4.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conductwhen he: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010; 2) allowed clients to sign incomplete documents; and 3) allowed an assistant to add information to documents after clients had signed the document.

27735 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 606(b); 201; 703; 607
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) recommended that a client, a risk-adverse retiree, invest $100,000 into The Fund, an investment that Respondent described as a partnership, but which was in actuality a hedge fund; 2) failed to disclose the conflict of interest that existed as a result of Respondent’s role as Advisor for The Fund; 3) recommended The Fund to Grievant although Respondent when the client may not have met the requirements to be an accredited investor; and 4) denied any remunerative connection to The Fund, despite her advisory role.

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.

28116 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Forgery; Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 6.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she drafted and signed a letter of authorization at the direction of Client’s to facilitate a transfer of funds.

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.

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