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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.


30596 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
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) violated a State’s fiduciary rule by failing to refund prepaid and unearned fees in a timely manner, as stipulated by Respondent’s Forms ADV; (2) failed to provide notice to clients for the withholding of such fees over $500, in violation of State A’s rules; and (3) failed to provide each client with a compliant Form ADV.

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.


15935 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Court Order Violation; Borrowing from Client; Professionalism; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/04/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he borrowed money from clients and sold unregistered securities in violation of a state consent order.

16145 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement; Diligence; Record-Keeping; Fitness; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Negligence; Competency
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 201; 401(a); Article 3(a); 405; 402; 606(b); 607; 102
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: 1) treated a client’s payments as nontaxable gifts rather than taxable income; 2) did not disclose the income on his 2000 and 2001 state and federal tax returns; 3) did not disclose to a client the potential for a conflict of interest in serving as the appointed trustee of a trust and as an investment adviser for the trust; 4) double and triple charged clients for services; and 5) failed to disclose commissions.

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.

21547 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Suitability; Commission/Compensation; Conflict of Interest; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 202; 201; 401(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) invested the majority of a client’s investment funds in a long-term contract when one of the client’s goals was liquidity; 2) did not inform the client of a federal tax benefit that would allow for liquidity; 3) did not disclose information about fees, charges or commissions regarding a variable annuity in which she invested the client’s funds; and 4) did not disclose to the client that Respondent was only authorized to sell long-term care insurance policies for one company.

21725 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Register; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest; Borrowing from Client; Interim Suspension; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(f); Article 3(a); 606(b); 607; 201; 202; 703
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/08/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) did not prepare a financial plan for a client (“Client”) after agreeing to do so; 2) borrowed money from the Client; 3) recommended and sold a viatical to the Client, who was 85 years old at the time, when Respondent was not licensed to do so; and 4) did not provide an Answer to CFP Board’s Complaint.

21866 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commingling; Professionalism; Borrowing from Client; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 602; Article 3(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/27/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he borrowed $70,000 from his client’s margin account to invest in a business owned and controlled by Respondent’s wife.

22305 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Conflict of Interest; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 201; 606(b); 409; 607
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/06/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) accepted a $100,000 loan from a client, which violated his firm's policy against borrowing from clients; 2) failed to repay the client's loan according to the original terms of the promssory note; 3) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the promissory note; 4) failed to determine whether the promissory note he executed with his client was appropriate for his client; 5) allowed the client to purchase a piece of real estate for Respondent's benefit; and 6) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the client's purchase of a piece of real estate.

22513 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Fitness; Bankruptcy; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to CFP Board; Commingling; Borrowing from Client; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; 409; Article 3(a); 607; 201; 704; 103(d)
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.

22807 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 705; 606(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) fostered a sales culture that encouraged the utilization of proprietary products to enhance revenue; 2) recommended proprietary products that were not in the best interest of the clients; 3) allowed advisors under his supervision to engage in forgery and false record-keeping; 4) permitted the forging of signatures on documentation submitted to the corporate office to release compensation; and 5) directed his staff person to affix his name on an internal broker-dealer exception request form.

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.

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.

24265 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Negligence; Suitability; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 201; 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that the client ("Client") replace her existing mutual funds with a variable annuity, thereby incurring additional fees and charges; 2) failed to research alternative options that would have been more beneficial to Client; and 3) placed over 75% of Client's investment assets in a long-term variable annuity with limited liquidity.

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.

24706 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Client's Best Interest; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 1.4; 4.1; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 08/21/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to: 1) communicate with Husband and Wife appropriately regarding conflicts with representing both after he became aware of their potential divorce; and 2) appropriately respond to Wife’s inquiries and subsequent check processing by failing to inform her that Husband refused to consent to the sale of investments to cover a large check.

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.

25306 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Settlement; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 3.6; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/13/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) borrowed $8,000 from his clients; 2) did not inform his Firm of the loan and was allowed to resign as a result; 3) violated National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules, resulting in a suspension and fine; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the suspension.

25362 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client; Bankruptcy; Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2010; and 2) encouraged his friends to invest in his brother’s real estate project.

25470 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Employer Policy Violation; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he solicited loans from two of his clients.

26425 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Client's Best Interest; Employer Policy Violation; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 407(a); 201; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 409
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) issued two promissory notes to a client in connection with a real estate-related outside business activity without prior approval from his firm; and 2) was terminated by his firm for issuing the promissory notes.

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