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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. 
 

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.


30537 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Court Order Violation; Misappropriation; Breach of Contract; Arbitration
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 6.5; 5.1; 3.1
Matter Type(s): Civil Suit; Civil Court; AAA Arbitration
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) took client information from his old firm to a new firm without authorization from either the old firm or the clients; (2) breached his contract with the old firm by taking client information to a new firm and failing to timely notify the old firm of his resignation; and (3) failed to make payments on a breach of contract judgment issued by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

23715 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Arbitration; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 607; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/19/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) arranged a meeting with a real estate development company to facilitate his client’s investment in a company that had not been properly evaluated by Respondent or his employer; and 2) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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.

24452 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Breach of Contract; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Fitness; Other Ethics; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 08/22/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to satisfy his payment obligations for a least five CFP® professionals who provided instructor services for his consulting company (“Company”); 2) breached his contract with University A and B, resulting in outstanding debt obligations to University A and B; and 3) filed for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

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.

25242 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fitness; Bankruptcy; Outside Business Activity; Disclosure to Clients; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 401(a); 406
Matter Type(s): Civil Court; Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) failed to adequately disclose her outside business activities to her employer; 2) failed to sufficiently document and disclose the conflict of interest of her clients investing with her family members; and 3) filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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.

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.

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.

26763 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Record-Keeping; Fitness; Diligence; Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; Article 3(a); 5.1
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline
Decision Date: 04/26/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he was censured and fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for: 1) failing to ensure that his firm ("Firm") maintained complete and accurate employee records; 2) instructing an associated person to backdate employment-related documents; and 3) knowingly submitting the backdated documents to the SEC without disclosing that they were backdated.

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.

27453 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Conflict of Interest; Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Client's Best Interest; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 201; 6.5; 702(a); 606(b); 6.1; 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 09/17/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) assisted a client to amend his living trust and pour-over will that provided compensation and assets to the client’s life partner and multiple charities; and 2) failed to respond to CFP Board’s requests for information.

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.

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.

28383 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) violated State Law by failing to file financial statements for his registered investment advisor for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 no later than 90 days after the end of each year; and 2) failed to respond to two requests for information filed by CFP Board.

30438 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Bankruptcies; Civil Court
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: (1) failed to provide advice that was in the best interest of her client, who was her mother (“Decedent”), regarding her estate planning; (2) exerted undue influence over the client in order to transfer assets from the client to herself; and (3) filed for bankruptcy in 1995, 2011, and 2017.

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.


27406 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Misrepresentation; Client's Best Interest; Fiduciary Duty
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 4.4; 4.5; 1.4; 2.1; Article 3(b); 6.5
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 09/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) relied on a non-guaranteed 12% gross rate of return in a Variable Universal Life (“VUL”) Insurance policy illustration to determine how long the product would remain in force; 2) recommended that his client purchase a VUL with a limited no lapse period when the client’s goal was life insurance paid up for life; and 3) told a client that a VUL would almost triple her money.

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.

28815 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 202; 704; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 6.5; 6.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Other Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) recommended a client invest 75% of her IRA funds in a risky, illiquid alternative investment; 2) recommended and facilitated the sale of interests in six unregistered, real estate investment contracts to 55 of her clients; 3) facilitated the sale of investments without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation was suitable for her customers; and 4) failed to disclose a government investigation and a client-related civil suit on her 2011 Renewal Application.

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