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12637 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Suitability; Fitness; Misuse of the Marks; Settlement; Arbitration; Customer Complaints; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 601; 607; 4.2; 606(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/21/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) engaged in a pattern of recommending that clients invest their entire retirement savings in unsuitable variable annuities and sub-account allocations, as evidenced by four National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or “FINRA”) arbitrations; and 2) when she used “cfp” after her name on her Web site.

13677 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Other Ethics; Arbitration; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 406; 606(b); 607; Article 3(a); 201; 606(a)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) sold the major asset of his investment advisory firm for his own benefit and to the detriment of his minority shareholders, who were also investment advisory clients; 2) failed to disclose on his state insurance license renewal application that he had been named in National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) arbitrations and customer complaints; and 3) engaged in an adulterous relationship with his client while both were married.

16502 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fraud-Other; Unauthorized Transaction; Disclosure to Clients; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation; Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); Article 3(a); 102; 704; 606(b); 607; 201; 701
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/10/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold promissory notes without receiving prior approval from his firm, resulting in: 1) a National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) bar; 2) two terminations; and 3) two civil suits being filed against him.

22601 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Negligence; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 201; 701; 606(b); 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) prepared complex legal instruments for a mentally impaired individual ("Client") he had never met; 2) did not conduct an assesment of the Client's mental capacity prior to having her execute the legal instruments; and 3) had the Client execute legal instruments she did not and could not fully comprehend.

22807 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Supervision; Fitness; Employer Policy Violation; Forgery
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 705; 606(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 04/25/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) fostered a sales culture that encouraged the utilization of proprietary products to enhance revenue; 2) recommended proprietary products that were not in the best interest of the clients; 3) allowed advisors under his supervision to engage in forgery and false record-keeping; 4) permitted the forging of signatures on documentation submitted to the corporate office to release compensation; and 5) directed his staff person to affix his name on an internal broker-dealer exception request form.

22855 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 201; 406; 606(b); 606(a); 6.5; 705
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) failed to adequately supervise Subordinate's professional services; 2) made a guest appearance on a television show and authored a newsletter column ("Media Appearances") without prior approval by her Firm: 3) violated National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD", now know as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or "FINRA") Conduct Rule 2210(b)(1) because she failed to obtain prior approval from her registered principal before making Media Appearances; and 4) defaulted on her credit card payment obligations.

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.

23037 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Diligence; Customer Complaints; Fitness; Client's Best Interest; Disclosure to Clients; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Professionalism; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 409; 607; Article 3(a); 606(b); 102; 201; 606(a); 202
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 failed to inform his financial planning client that he was renting her property below the market price and that he exercised discretionary authority over her online account without obtaining prior written authorization from the client and principal approval from Respondent’s firm.

24084 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Fitness; Settlement; Professional Discipline; Employer Policy Violation; Customer Complaints
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/26/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he applied funds of a homeowner’s association (“Association”), which he had oversight and charge of, without proper association authorization, which led the State Department of Insurance to assess monetary penalties against Respondent and his firm to terminate his employment.

24265 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Client's Best Interest; Negligence; Suitability; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 201; 606(b); Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/28/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that the client ("Client") replace her existing mutual funds with a variable annuity, thereby incurring additional fees and charges; 2) failed to research alternative options that would have been more beneficial to Client; and 3) placed over 75% of Client's investment assets in a long-term variable annuity with limited liquidity.

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.

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.

24481 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fitness; Lawsuits Involving Financial Matters; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Professionalism; Misrepresentation; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 102; 606(b); 201; 607; Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that his unaccredited client with limited assets invest over half her assets in an illiquid investment that required investor accreditation.

24675 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fitness; Customer Complaints; Suitability; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 201; Article 3(a); 406
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 04/04/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he recommended that an elderly client with a low net worth and a moderate-aggressive risk tolerance engage in futures contracts trading.

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.

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.

25200 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest; Loaning to Client; Disclosure to Clients; Securities Laws Violation; Competency; Commingling; Fiduciary Duty; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 402; 301; 606(b); Article 3(a); 607; 102; 606(a); 103(d); 302; 701; 403
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 03/25/2011
Summary: Whether an applicant for reinstatement of his CFP® certification (“Respondent”) demonstrated rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence that he complied with all disciplinary orders and provisions of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and is, once again, fit to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and certification marks.

25306 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Failure to Notify CFP Board; Settlement; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(d); Article 3(a); Article 3(e); 3.6; 6.5
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 04/13/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) borrowed $8,000 from his clients; 2) did not inform his Firm of the loan and was allowed to resign as a result; 3) violated National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD,” now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or “FINRA”) Conduct Rules, resulting in a suspension and fine; and 4) failed to notify CFP Board of the suspension.

25657 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Bankruptcy
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/05/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards“) when he filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection in 2009.

25860 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Judgment Lien; Settlement
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a)
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/05/2011
Summary: Whether a registrant (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

25994 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Diligence; Failure to Respond to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Supervision
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 701; 201; 606(a); 607; 606(b); 406
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
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.

26150 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Professionalism; Forgery; Disclosure to Clients; Fitness
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Other Professional Discipline; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 07/25/2011
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification (“Respondent”) could be certified when he received a suspension from association with any National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) member in any capacity for 30 days in 2004.

26284 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Professionalism; Professional Discipline; Unauthorized Transaction; Suitability; Employer Policy Violation; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; Article 3(d); 606(a); Article 3(g); Article 3(a); 703; 201; 701; Article 3(e); 607; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 10/17/2011
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to execute trade orders and executed an unauthorized transaction in a client’s account; 2) exercised discretion in a client’s account without prior written authorization from the client to exercise discretion in her account; and 3) violated NASD Conduct Rules 2110 and 2510(b) and IM-2310-2, which resulted in a three-month suspension from FINRA in any capacity.

26835 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fitness; Diligence
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Criminal Court
Decision Date: 11/30/2011
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification ("Respondent") could be certified when he was terminated by his firm in 2007 and investigated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA").

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