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27098 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Failure to Cooperate with Staff; Tax-Lien
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 6.1
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 10/01/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she: 1) failed to file taxes for tax years 2002 through 2008, which caused her to incur a federal tax lien; and 2) failed to respond to CFP Board’s requests for information.

25468 – Anonymous Case History
Keyword(s): Diligence; Misrepresentation; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 10/10/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) advised a client verbally and in documentation that the client owned assets the client did not actually own; and 2) shared in the client's losses to conceal the losses from the firm.

26505 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Unauthorized Transaction; Diligence
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 607; 606(b); 202; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/30/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he effectuated a series of withdrawals totaling approximately $22,000 from Client’s 401(k) account based solely on the oral instructions of her husband, despite Respondent’s previous assurances to Client that her husband had no access to the account, resulting in surrender penalties of almost $500, as well as income taxes on the withdrawals and a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

20996 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Settlement; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 606(b); 202; 607; 702(b); 701; 102; 201
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/27/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) represented that an annuity maximization concept was appropriate and reasonably designed to meet Client’s needs and goals; 2) failed to disclose to Client that he received a commission due to his sale of a universal life insurance policy to her; 3) misrepresented Client’s assets in order to obtain the universal life insurance policy; 4) recommending a transaction that was inappropriate for Client but allowed Respondent to gain financially; 5) failed to disclose the tax consequences of the sale of mutual funds; 6) failed to fully investigate Client’s heir’s tax liability by considering the state and federal inheritance tax exemptions and the cost basis of each individual annuity; and 7) failed to appropriately determine Client’s cash flow needs in relation to her potential long-term care needs.

22305 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Diligence; Employer Policy Violation; Conflict of Interest; Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article 3(a); 406; 201; 606(b); 409; 607
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/06/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) accepted a $100,000 loan from a client, which violated his firm's policy against borrowing from clients; 2) failed to repay the client's loan according to the original terms of the promssory note; 3) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the promissory note; 4) failed to determine whether the promissory note he executed with his client was appropriate for his client; 5) allowed the client to purchase a piece of real estate for Respondent's benefit; and 6) failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and the risks associated with the client's purchase of a piece of real estate.

22922 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 03/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he filed for his second Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2011.

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.

24249 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5
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 filed for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in 1997 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2012.

24253 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 05/02/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that a client, who owned her home without debt, obtain a $320,000 mortgage on her home and invest the proceeds in variable annuities; and 2) referred the client to an affiliated company to obtain the mortgage for which he received a $1,000 referral fee and received a $5,000 commission for the annuity purchase.

24375 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Disclosure to CFP Board; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); Article 3(a); 201; 607
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/20/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he solicited investors’ participation in a real estate investment by contacting the investors using the name of a his firm, which was seeking its investment advisor registration.

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.

24832 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity
Matter Type(s): Criminal Court; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP ® professional (“Respondent”) adequately proved under Standards of Professional Conduct that she did not pose an immediate threat to the public and that the gravity of the nature of her conduct did not impinge upon the stature and reputation of the marks when she: 1) was the subject of a criminal investigation into allegations that she had engaged in fraud by misrepresenting a third party transfer, and committing elder financial abuse; and 2) was barred by FINRA for failure to cooperate with its investigation of allegations of misappropriation of client funds.

24874 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 406; 606(a); 606(b); 607; 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) violated National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD", now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. or "FINRA") Conduct Rules 2510(b) and 2110; 2) signed a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent ("AWC") wherein he accepted the findings of the NASD Rule violations; and 3) consented to a $10,000 fine and suspension from association with any FINRA member for a period of 20 business days.

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.

25698 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Suitability; Borrowing from Client; Misrepresentation; Conflict of Interest
Standard(s) Violated: Article 704; 102; 606(b); 409; 607; 501; 201
Matter Type(s): Civil Court
Decision Date: 07/10/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) described three private placement funds to a client as being safe and secure when they were actually highly speculative, nonpublic investments; 2) recommended and implemented a life insurance exchange for a client that resulted in more expense and less benefit for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 3) recommended and implemented an annuity exchange for a client that created a surrender penalty of approximately $21,000 for the client and a large commission for Respondent; 4) recommended three private placements to a client in which Respondent was personally invested; 5) accepted an interest-free loan from a client without executing a promissory note; and 6) forwarded a client’s contact information to the representatives of three private placements without the client’s consent.

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.

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.

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.

25954 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Disclosure to CFP Board; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Civil Court
Decision Date: 04/29/2013
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to notify Broker-Dealer that his brother had converted Broker-Dealer customer funds, that his brother was attempting to settle the matter away from Broker-Dealer, and that Respondent had received a customer complaint about his brother’s misappropriation.

25984 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Bankruptcy; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 01/04/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondnet") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) failed to properly execute a client's ("Client") requests for automatic transfers between two accounts; and 2) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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.

26166 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Keyword(s): Fitness
Matter Type(s): SEC Discipline; FINRA Discipline; Client Dissatisfaction
Decision Date: 03/19/2012
Summary: Whether a candidate for CFP® certification ("Respondent") could be certifed when he was the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") cease and disist order, censure and civil penalty due to: 1) recommended that 17 brokerage customers (three of whom were also advisory clients) engaged in two rounds of "switchs" by misrepresenting to the customers that the customer would recover the surrender charges paid in the old annuities through bonuses received in the new annuities; and 2) Respondent's failure to adequately reflect liabilities on Respondent's broker-dealer's books and records causing a net capital deficiency.

26286 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation; Supervision; Securities Laws Violation; Misrepresentation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 102; 408
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/14/2012
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional ("Respondent") violated CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) falsely denied that he acted in a fiduciary capacity for firm customers and had a financial interest in any customer accounts on his firm's compliance questionnaies on seven occasions; and 2) entered into a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA," formerly know as the National Association of Securities Dealers or "NASD") in which he consented to the entry of findings that he violated NASD Conduct Rule 2110, a one-year suspension from association with any FINRA member in any capacity, and a $10,000 fine.

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