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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.


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. 

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.

20420 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability; Churning; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 703; 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Professionalism; FINRA Arbitration; Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/06/2008
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he executed numerous trades in the account of a client without her approval.

22451 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Competency; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Disclosure to CFP Board; Conflict of Interest; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 302; 401(a); 606(a); 408; 406; Article 3(d); 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(f)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 08/10/2009
Summary: Whether a CFP® certificant violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold promissory notes to individuals who were not customers of his broker-dealer (“Broker-Dealer”) without notice to the Broker-Dealer; and 2) received compensation for the sale of the promissory notes without permission from the Broker-Dealer.

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.

22879 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Advertising; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 102; Article 3(a); 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/17/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to comply with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA,” formerly National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) rules relating to the approval and content of advertisements.

22986 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Interim Suspension; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Misrepresentation; Professionalism; Disclosure to Clients; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 612; Article 3(e); 607; Article 3(a); 201; 606(a); 401(a); Article 3(d); 102; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline; Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/08/2010
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in outside business activities without obtaining written approval from her employer; 2) did not notify CFP Board of her suspension; 3) recommended that her clients invest in promissory notes issued by her son’s company; and 4) did not disclose risks and other material and relevant information regarding the promissory notes to her clients.

23068 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Commingling; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Loaning to Client; Failure to Notify CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 606(b); 607; Article 3(e); 201; 406; Article 3(d); 102; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 03/26/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) made a loan to a client (“Client”) in violation of his employer’s written procedures and National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD” now know as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules; 2) did not disclose to his employer (“Firm”) that he made the loan to the Client, in violation of Firm policy; 3) did not disclose to his firm that he executed a Power of Attorney granted by the Client; 4) exercised the Power of Attorney in connection with the sale of Respondent’s real property to the Client; 5) established a joint bank account with the Client; 6) was suspended and fined by the FINRA; and 7) did not disclose his FINRA suspension to CFP Board within 10 days.

23323 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Diligence; Outside Business Activity; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Fitness; Professional Discipline; Commingling; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 103(d); 406; 606(a); 607; Article 3(d); 102; Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 201
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/19/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he engaged in unauthorized outside business activities resulting in a fine and a suspension of his securities, insurance, and investment advisor licenses for 30 days.

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.

24467 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Fitness; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); 406; Article 3(a); 102; 607; Article 3(e)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/11/2010
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that the clients over-concentrate their assets in annuities.

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.

25199 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Failure to Repay Loan to Firm; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Judgment Lien; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.4; Article 3(e); 606(b); 6.5; Article 3(d); Article 3(f); 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 07/22/2011
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.

25389 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 701; 606(b); 703; 201; 607; 202
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/03/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended and sold a 73-year-old client two variable annuities and a variable universal life insurance policy.

25530 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Arbitration; Suitability; Disclosure to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 201; 606(b); 6.3; 102; 202
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/03/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold a client a variable annuity, which resulted in the concentration of the client’s assets in variable annuities and 10% early withdrawal penalties on the client’s monthly withdrawals; 2) held himself out as a financial planner providing comprehensive financial planning services but did not provide financial planning services to the client; and 3) failed to notify CFP Board of a change in his contact information within 45 days, in violation of Rule 6.3.

25732 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 703; 607; 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to present the client with a comprehensive financial plan designed to achieve the client’s goals and objectives; 2) recommended an unsuitably risky asset allocation for the client; and 3) advised the client to make a loan to Respondent’s acquaintance.

25912 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Failure to Respond to CFP Board
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 607; 102; Article 3(a); 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 03/27/2012
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.

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.

27321 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; Article 3(e); Article 3(a); 606(a); 701; 102; 401(a); 607; Article 3(d); 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/03/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to disclose that he was selling unregistered securities, in violation of State law; 2) failed to disclose that he would be compensated for the sale of securities, in violation of State law; 3) sold unregistered, nonexempt securities to 13 clients, in violation of State law; 4) sold an unsuitable promissory note to his client; and 5) failed to adhere to the principles of good business practice when he failed to execute his client's sell orders in a timely manner.

28508 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Professionalism; Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 407(a); 705; 401(a); 703; 202; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 05/14/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended the Biotech Company stock to Client without giving the client the prospectuses or PPMs for the penny stock investments: 2) sold the Biotech Company stock to Client without the knowledge or approval of Firm; 3) discouraged the Clients from selling the penny stocks, while he sold his own Biotech Company shares; 4) recommended to Client the loan to Biotech Company, a company in which he had a personal stake, without disclosing the inherent conflict of interest; and 5) personally reimbursed Client $30,000 as compensation for a loan recommendation he made to Client.

28897 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 5.1
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 07/21/2016
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended closed-end funds (“CEF”) to his clients that were not approved by Firm; 2)mismarked order tickets as being unsolicited when they were solicited, which resulted in Firm’s books and records being inaccurate; and 3) disclosed personal trading information to clients.

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