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31185 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professional Discipline; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Fiduciary Duty; Due-Diligence; Client Neglect
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer-Investigation; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he made recommendations for short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts that were unsuitable in view of the frequency and cost of the transactions, which caused clients to incur unnecessary sales charges.


29758 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2019
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended an investment strategy to an elderly client that was unsuitable because it unduly concentrated her portfolio in risky, leveraged precious metal products.


30896 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 6.5; 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2019
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he obtained reimbursement from his firm for computer equipment he purchased but then returned or cancelled, and when he encouraged other employees to do the same and to lie to firm investigators about it.

30456 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in securities transactions on behalf of clients without his employer’s approval.

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.


30421 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Termination
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he maintained blank documents that were pre-signed by his clients in order to facilitate transactions for clients. 
 

30337 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 500-2; 400-3; 400-1; Article 3(g); Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) made unsuitable investments on behalf of his client—resulting in an overconcentration of the client’s principal— which was in contradiction to the client’s risk tolerance and investment goals; and (2) failed to disclose the related FINRA arbitration settlement to CFP Board. 

30719 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Settlement; Equitable-Principles-of-Trade; Professionalism; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 6.5; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, on four occasions, telephoned insurance company’s annuity service departments and impersonated two clients who held equity index annuities with the company.

30758 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he altered documents already signed by clients, which resulted in employment termination and a FINRA suspension. 

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.


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.


30618 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/18/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in an outside business activity without properly reporting the outside business activity to, and obtaining approval from, his Firm. 


30535 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Selling Away
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold an investment to clients of his firm without providing prior written notice of his participation in the transaction or obtaining his firm’s written approval to participate in the transaction. 


30570 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Outside Business Activity; Previous Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he participated in private securities transactions without providing prior written notice to or obtaining approval from the Firm.   


16726 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Disclosure to CFP Board; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/30/2009
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) Made exaggerated statements and improper projections about clients’ accounts; 2) Prepared and/or used documents that had not been approved by a registered principal of Respondent’s firm; 3) Failed to retain records showing which sales materials were disseminated to customers; and 4) Failed to disclose a 2003 civil suit and a 2003 National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) arbitration on the Declaration Section of his Initial Application for CFP® Certification.

17262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professionalism; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Supervision; Arbitration; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); Article 3(a); Article 3(d); 607; Article 3(e); 201
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/23/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) allowed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) member firm (“Firm”), of which he was the Chief Compliance Officer, to participate in securities offerings during its suspension without satisfying the requirements of the suspension; 2) allowed a representative of the Firm (“Representative”) to act as a principal when the Representative had been suspended by the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as FINRA) from acting in any principal capacity; 3) processed commissions from securities offerings through a non-member company; and 4) was subject to three FINRA arbitrations and one state securities division investigation.

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.

20393 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 11/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct by failing to disclose a National Association of Securities Dealers Arbitration on his Initial Certification Application.

21319 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Failure to Register; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 101(b); 606(b); 612; Article 3(g); 607; 606(a); Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/07/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he conducted unregistered financial planning seminars about insurance products without identifying himself as an insurance producer, offered inducements to purchase financial planning services and conducted business in an unregistered branch office.

21544 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Settlement; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 102; Article 3(d); 202; 501(a); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/04/2008
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she impersonated a client in order to effect a transfer of accounts from one Broker-Dealer to another.

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.

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.

22005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Denied But Allow Reapplication
Keyword(s): Misdemeanor; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 612; Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 607; Article 3(c)
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court
Decision Date: 07/11/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he did not disclose his involvement in a misdemeanor theft on the Declaration Section of his Initial Certification Application.

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