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27565 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Diligence; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 701; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): Complaint to CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/01/2016
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) failed to properly analyze and account for the client’s needs and cash flow, 2) failed to include the costs of the VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs in his 2001 and 2008 financial plans; 3) recommended and sold to the client unsuitable VUL policies, variable annuities and REITs; and 4) placed the bulk of the client’s assets into long-term investments with high fees and expenses although the client’s primary objective was income.

30547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Disclose-to-Firm; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Failure-to-Supervise
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 6.1; 4.6; 5.1; 4.3; 6.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) failed to properly supervise subordinates, resulting in one subordinate being named as a beneficiary of several clients’ accounts, creating a conflict of interest; (2) was named as a beneficiary in several client accounts, in violation of firm policy; and (3) failed to disclose and obtain approval from his firm after he was named as a beneficiary of both client and non-client accounts.


30419 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Books and Records; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-13.4; Article-13.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.6; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline; 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 reasonably supervise his assistant, who had primary responsibility for preparing and processing applications and other account paperwork for customers.  Respondent’s assistant (a) altered documents relating to customer accounts, including by reusing signatures from forms that previously had been completed by customers, (b) caused the falsified forms to be maintained in the customers’ files, and (c) falsified documents to expedite transactions as an accommodation to customers (the firm’s compliance manual prohibited altering documents in the manners employed). 


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.


11045 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Court Order Violation; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(b); 607; 606(a); 701; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
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.

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.

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.

19834 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Misrepresentation; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Diligence; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 606(b); 406; 102; Article 3(a); 201; 607; 701
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he obtained waivers of Contingent Deferred Sales Charges (“CDSCs”) for approximately 14 customers by claiming that these customers were disabled, when, in fact, they were not.

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.

21594 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction; Professionalism; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 606(a); 201; 701; 406; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 09/23/2010
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

26284 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Suitability; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 703; 201; 701; Article 3(e); 607; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to execute trade orders and executed an unauthorized transaction in a client’s account; 2) exercised discretion in a client’s account without prior written authorization from the client to exercise discretion in her account; and 3) violated NASD Conduct Rules 2110 and 2510(b) and IM-2310-2, which resulted in a three-month suspension from FINRA in any capacity.

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.

26856 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Diligence; Unauthorized Transaction
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); Article 3(d); 201; 701; Article 3(a); 606(b); Article 3(e); 406
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) exercised unauthorized discretion in client accounts by failing to confirm clients' authorization of trades on the dates the trades were executed; 2) exercised unauthorized discretion in client accounts by executing trades without written authorization to exercise discretion and acceptance of the accounts as discretionary by his firm; and 3) failed to execute a trade in a client's account after being directed to do so by the client.

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.

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.

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.

27930 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 701; 201; 406
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not perform due diligence on a 1031 exchange intermediary prior to recommending him to his clients as a Qualified Intermediary for 1031 exchanges; and 2) failed to immediately report to his employer that Intermediary had borrowed clients’ funds to repay his own Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) tax liability, and instead loaned Intermediary the money to repay the borrowed funds.

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