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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.

30674 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Settlement; Client-Agreement-Forms; Record-Keeping
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to produce completed client Agreements for five clients to a state regulatory division.


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.


30311 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he was terminated by his employer for altering client documents.

30255 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/28/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he participated in private securities transactions by investing and facilitating investments for six other investors, including clients without providing his firm with written notice of, or receiving approval to participate in, the private securities transactions.

30764 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Custody-of-Client-Funds; Failure-to-Supervise; Record-Keeping; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to maintain proper books and records, failed to provide proper custody of client funds, and failed to verify the credentials of a colleague that were posted on Respondent’s business website. 
 

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”). 

30777 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Failure-to-Maintain-Net-Capital; Record-Keeping; Books and Records; Settlement; Custody-of-Client-Funds
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 02/05/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) took action with client funds while having custody of such; (2) failed to have his firm maintain net capital of at least $25,000 for one fiscal year; (3) failed to notify a state regulatory body within 24 hours of his firm’s deficient net capital and to suspend business operations upon the net capital deficiency; (4) failed to have his firm submit audited financial statements to a state regulatory body for two fiscal years; (5) failed to prepare and maintain true, accurate, and current firm records; and (6) failed to have his firm file an amended Form ADV. 
 

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. 

30621 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Dismiss--w/Caution
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Record-Keeping; Professional Discipline; Disclosure to Clients; Books and Records
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/25/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she violated the State administrative code by: a) excluding the formula used to calculate the advisory fee on its invoices; b) failing to concurrently send invoices at the time the advisory fee was deducted; c) taking action to withdraw funds when failing to comply with safekeeping requirements; d) failing to maintain net capital of at least $25,000; e) failing to notify the State within 24 hours of its deficient net capital and to suspend business operations during the time of the net capital deficiency; f) failing to amend multiple items on its Form ADV; and g) failing to file timely financial statements.

29793 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Failure to Cooperate with Staff
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 6.1; 5.1; 4.4; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/01/2017
Summary:

Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) charged 47 advisory clients a “one-time set up fee” when they opened their accounts, despite the fact that he had been informed by his supervisor that he could not charge such fees; (2) charged 32 clients for his services in preparing their tax returns and received payment directly from the clients; (3) received commissions for selling insurance products directly from outside insurance carriers; and (4) failed to contact his former firm to request information related to the an arbitration, thereby failing to fully cooperate with CFP Board’s investigation and obstructing CFP Board’s staff in the performance of their duty.  


29845 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 04/25/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when: 1) the State Department of Taxation and Finance (“Department”) revoked her insurance license because she failed to pay employer withholding taxes, penalties and interest; 2) she failed to notify CFP Board within the required 30 calendar days that State revoked her insurance license; and 3) declared State 2 as her home state with respect to her non-resident insurance license even though she was not then licensed as an insurance producer in State 2.

29923 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/02/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allowed two registered representatives to place their names as the brokers of record on two of his customers’ variable annuity applications, even though the representatives did not substantially participate in the sales.

30008 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 6.5; Article 3(d)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 03/02/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to amend his Form U4 to disclose his 2010 Chapter 7 bankruptcy until 2013, in violation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rules 1122 and 2010.

30009 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; Article 3(a); 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(e); Article 3(g)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/17/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he : 1) failed to disclose to CFP Board on multiple occasions that was the subject of an investigation by the state and that he entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealer, Inc. or “NASD”); and 2) failed to properly supervise an individual’s sale of complex products and unsuitable Class A mutual fund shares.

30033 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to Clients; Fee-Only; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 4.3; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/21/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) communicated, directly or indirectly, to clients or prospective clients misleading information directly or indirectly related to the certificant’s professional qualifications or services when he misrepresented his compensation structure as “fee-only” despite receiving commissions; 2) failed to disclose to prospective clients or clients an accurate and understandable description of the compensation arrangements being offered; 3) failed to separately invoice clients each time he withdrew his fee from the client’s account causing him to violate net-capital requirements; and 4) entered into, extended, or renewed investment advisory contracts which failed to disclose accurate advisory fees.

30034 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 4.1; Article 3(a); 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 10/06/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he entered into a settlement with the State Department of Consumer and Business Services Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (“State”), in which State found Respondent charged unreasonable advisory fees on rare coins because he relied on an inaccurate source to value the coins.

30072 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; Article 3(a); 4.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 07/21/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she advised others, for compensation, as to the value of securities or as to the advisability of investing in, purchasing or selling securities at a time when she was not registered as an investment adviser.

30180 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Summary: Respondent is the president and chief compliance officer of GFA, a State investment advisory firm. At all material times relevant to this Complaint, Respondent controlled GFA.

30197 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Failure to Notify CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Suitability; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.5; 5.1; 4.3; Article 3(a); Article 3(g); Article 3(d); Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; Termination
Decision Date: 04/10/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to make and/or implement only recommendations that are suitable for the client by recommending and selling an unsuitable investment to a brokerage customer who lost money on an investment he admitted was inconsistent with her goals and objectives.

30676 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation; Unauthorized Transaction
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action; Employer Action; FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he (1) Executed transactions on behalf of clients without prior authorization from either the clients or Respondent’s firm; (2) traded securities in his own account receiving a better price on the same side of the market on the same day in violation of firm policy; and (3) failing to report Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and state regulatory actions against Respondent to CFP Board within 30 calendar days. 

30868 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): False-Statements-in-Forms-ADV; Custody-of-Client-Funds; Record-Keeping; Failure-to-Disclose; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(e); Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.4; 4.3; 2.1; 1.4
Matter Type(s): Regulatory Action
Decision Date: 06/01/2018
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: (1) relied on the private fund adviser exemption from registration although he was not entitled to; (2) used Inflated Asset Valuations; (3) made misrepresentations on Forms ADV; (4) failed to have his firms submit to surprise examinations as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Custody Rule; (5) failed to have his firms comply with the SEC's Compliance Rule; (6) improperly used fund assets to pay his legal fees; (7) contracted to earn a performance fee for managing a fund, without determining whether the fund's investors were qualified clients; and (8) failed to disclose a SEC bar related to the foregoing conduct to CFP Board. 
 

30664 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Private-Securities-Transaction; Competency; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Professional Organization Disciplinary Action; Regulatory Action; FINRA Regulatory Action; FINRA Discipline; FINRA Arbitration; Complaint 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) engaged in private securities transactions without informing his employer, in writing, in violation of NASD and FINRA rules; (2) invested his money, and the money of a work colleague, into a mortgage-lending fraud; (3) was the subject of a FINRA investigation and regulatory suspension; and (4) was the subject of a state DFS regulatory fine

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