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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24154 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Professional Discipline; Professionalism; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) executed a trade without the client’s written authorization; 2) emailed an updated Form ADV to a client; and 3) provided investment advice to an associate by email.

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.

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

25882 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.4; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 09/12/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disseminated index performance charts that had not been approved by his employer for public dissemination.

25940 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 607; Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 201; Article 3(d); 606(b); 701
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 ensure that a registered representative under his supervision disclosed his participation in a Stock to Cash program after learning that the representative had ignored his prior instruction to make such disclosure; 2) failed to supervise a registered representative’s performance of the representative’s suitability and due diligence obligations when recommending Stock to Cash to customers; and 3) violated NASD Conduct Rules 3010 and 2110 and was suspended by FINRA from acting in a principal capacity for 15 business days.

25954 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to notify Broker-Dealer that his brother had converted Broker-Dealer customer funds, that his brother was attempting to settle the matter away from Broker-Dealer, and that Respondent had received a customer complaint about his brother’s misappropriation.

26226 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 5.1; 607; 6.5; 201; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in a private securities transaction with a client and failed to: a) give prior written notice to his firm regarding his outside business activities; and b) obtain prior written approval from his firm regarding his outside business activities, in violation of his firm’s company policy requiring disclosure of outside business activities; and 2) failed to disclose to a client the referral fee he received for the client’s investment in the private securities transaction.

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.

26289 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Professionalism; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; Article 3(a); 6.4; 6.5; 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in outside business activities without providing prompt written notice to her employer of her activities, in violation of firm policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Rule 3030 and 2110 and FINRA Rules 3030 and 2010; and 2) failed to notify CFP Board of her FINRA suspension.

28139 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Diligence; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 201; 6.4; 606(a); 701; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) signed and issued an audit opinion letter as a “CPA” in State 1, when Respondent was not licensed in the state as a CPA with the State 1 CPA Board; 2) stated that he had performed an audit of Company 1, when he did not; and 3) did not have any working papers or any other audit documentation to support the audit opinion he signed and issued on behalf of Company 1.

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.

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.

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