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28993 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Revocation of a Financial Professional License; Misappropriation; Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 6.5; 406; 102; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/05/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he misappropriated funds and submitted false records to his member firm regarding business expense reimbursement claims for personal expenditures over a period of more than five years.

29005 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Employer Policy Violation; Fiduciary Duty; Suitability; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.6; 102; 1.4; 201; 5.1; 406; 606(b); 4.1; 4.4; 401(a); 606(a); 6.5; 2.2(a); 4.3
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she sold “C” shares to her clients not because they were suitable, but as a method of ensuring that she was paid for her advisory services, and failed to: 1) enter into written advisory agreements with her “C” share advisory clients; 2) provide written disclosures required by Part 2 of Form ADV to her “C” share advisory clients; and 3) provide a complete description of the share class options and fees of mutual funds to her “C” share advisory clients and failed to: 1) ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations; 2) enforce the RIA Manual requirement of a written advisory agreement for clients using “C” shares as an advisory fee; and 3) enforce the requirement of delivery of the Disclosure Document. Respondent also failed to reasonably supervise her salespersons by failing to ensure that salespersons were making suitable “C” share investment recommendations. Respondent also failed to report her suspension by State from acting in any principal or supervisory capacity for twelve months to CFP Board within 30 calendar days, in violation of Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

29017 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Unauthorized Transaction; Employer Policy Violation; Securities Laws Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 5.1; 4.4; 3.2; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 12/06/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to obtain the proper verbal authorization from a client, as required by his firm’s Procedures Manual, prior to executing a trade, resulting in unauthorized trades and the wiring of a client’s funds to a criminal in response to a fraudulent trade request.

29019 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 11/20/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29042 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 12/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he publicly misrepresented his compensation method as “fee only” to clients and prospective clients on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search tool.

29057 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 6.5; 5.1; 4.4
Matter Type(s): Professionalism; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/21/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she instructed her clients to sign forms that were incomplete, in violation of her firm’s policy and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) Rule 2010.

29211 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 4.3; 1.4; 4.4; 6.5; 5.1
Matter Type(s): Client Dissatisfaction; FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 11/21/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he signed the names of six clients on suitability forms and failed to disclose his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) suspension to CFP Board within 30 days as required by Article 13.2 of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (“Disciplinary Rules”).

28127 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Securities Laws Violation; Disclosure to CFP Board; Professional Discipline; Outside Business Activity
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 606(a); 406; 6.4; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 01/05/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommended that a client invest approximately $100,000 in an oil and gas joint venture, outside the scope of Respondent’s relationship with his Firm, and which resulted in the termination of Respondent’s employment; and 2) failed to disclose to CFP Board that he signed a FINRA AWC wherein he consented to a $5,000 fine and suspension from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA,” formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers or “NASD”) member in any capacity for a period of six months due to his outside business activities.

28627 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 08/08/2014
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he allegedly misappropriated approximately $19,000 from a Scholarship Fund during the period 2005 to 2012 and used a significant portion of that money for his personal benefit.

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