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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.


24137 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Customer Complaints; Professionalism; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 2.1; 6.5; 4.5; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 12/06/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) obtained approval for a commission increase on a 401K plan from a company executive who did not normally approve such changes; and 2) recommended that officers of the company transfer management of their personal assets to Respondent’s new firm without disclosing that they would incur surrender charges.

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.

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.

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.

25999 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 1.4; 4.3; 4.5; 6.5; 4.4; 3.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/05/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that clients purchase a high-risk illiquid security without researching the financial condition of the firm proving financial support of the investment.

26476 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4; 202; 1.4; 4.5; 606(b); 201; 102; 607; 1.3; 703
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he concentrated clients’ assets in private placements.

27092 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Commission/Compensation; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation; Misuse of the Marks; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; 2.1; 4.5; 6.1; Article 3(a); 6.5; 1.4; 4.3; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/09/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) sold allegedly unsuitable insurance policies to his financial planning clients; 2) communicated to clients and prospective clients allegedly misleading information related to client testimonials, the registration status of his firm (“Respondent’s Firm”), and his compensation; 3) was terminated by Firm due to his use of client testimonials, failure to disclose outside business activities, and advertising violations; 4) violated State securities laws related to registration of his business entities, disclosure of outside business activities, client testimonials, and disclosure of his criminal charge to all regulatory bodies; 5) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Obtaining Contents of Communications; and 6) improperly used the CFP® marks in the Internet domain name www.respondentsnamecfp.com, the email addresses respondent@respondentsnamecfp.com and employee@respondentsnamecfp.com, and the Twitter handle @respondentsnameCFP and the corresponding Internet domain name https://twitter.com/#!/respondentsnamecfp.

27168 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Outside Business Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/26/2012
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.

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.

28165 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Client's Best Interest; Misrepresentation; Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 4.3; 1.4; 4.4; Article 3(d); 5.1
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/31/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) used discretion to buy and sell approximately 120 Inverse Floater CMOs for his clients’ accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the clients and prior written acceptance of their accounts as discretionary by his firm, in violation of the firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010; and 2) was suspended by FINRA for violating FINRA rules.

28183 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.3; 4.4; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he exercised discretion in entering orders for a client’s account without obtaining prior written discretionary authority, thereby violating his firm’s policy and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010.

28203 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Record-Keeping; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 5.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; 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) entered false information regarding Client’s state of residence into Firm 1’s electronic books and records; 2) included false information in an annuity application regarding the state in which Client signed the document; 3) transacted insurance business without proper state registration; and 4) was suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”, formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”).

28285 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Commission/Compensation; Employer Policy Violation; Client's Best Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(b); 6.5; 1.4; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in an outside business activity without providing notice and receiving prior written approval from his Firm; and 2) falsely certified to his broker-dealer that he was not engaged in outside business activity.

28392 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Customer Complaints; Settlement; Forgery; Misappropriation; Unauthorized Transaction
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.4; 3.5; 4.1; 1.4; 3.4; 6.5; 3.8
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 11/08/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he forged his clients’ signatures in letters to a bank in order to misappropriated his clients’ assets for his own personal use by transferring the clients’ assets to his personal account.

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.

30876 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 4.4; 4.3; 4.1; 2.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allocated block trades in a manner inconsistent with his firm’s disclosed trading policy.


30850 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Report; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty; Misrepresentation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.5; 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration; Failure to Disclose to CFP Board; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) made an unsuitable investment recommendation to a client; (2) misrepresented the values of annuities being recommended to that client; (3) placed his interest above his client’s interest by making an unsuitable recommendation that resulted in more than $25,000 in commission fees for the Respondent; and (4) failed to report a subsequent suspension by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) to CFP Board within 30 days.


30210 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Fiduciary Duty; Client's Best Interest; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action; Regulatory Action; Professionalism; Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) invested client resources into two hedge funds managed by the Respondent, when the sole investment of the funds was an Energy company with only one illiquid asset; (2) misrepresented the assets held by the hedge funds to investors; and (3) oversaw improper valuations of the hedge funds’ assets that were in violation of rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 

30831 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Unreasonable-Assumptions; Misrepresentation; Failure-to-Comply-with-Custody-Rule; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
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) used unreasonable assumptions that resulted in large overstatements fund investment values to fund investors; (2) misrepresented the  nature  of  a fund’s principal investment relationship with a foreign company as a partnership in MD&A's sent to fund investors; (3) falsely disclosed to clients and prospective clients that the principal investment had obtained a letter of intent from a large development bank when they had not; and (4) failed to comply with applicable regulatory rules by committing enumerated acts 1-3. 

30648 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Client Neglect; Client's Best Interest; Embezzlement or Other Financial; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 4.3; 3.2; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; CFP Board; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/02/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account, in violation of Firm’s compliance policies, which expressly stated that the use of an outside email system by a financial advisor to communicate with clients, prospects or other Firm associated persons regarding Firm business, or for any other Firm business purpose is prohibited; 2) forwarded account information for a securities customer to the same outside/personal email address, in violation of FINRA Rule 2010; and 3) failed to take prudent steps to protect the security of information and property, including the security of stored information, whether physically or electronically, that was within Respondent’s control when she conducted securities-related business communications with a firm customer using an outside/personal email account.


29377 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 6.5; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): FINRA Regulatory Action; Employer Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he impersonated a client on the telephone to execute trades in the client’s account.


28691 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/01/2015
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed nine purchase transactions in the client’s account without written authorization, in violation of his firm’s policy, National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Rule 2510(b) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010.


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