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30419 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Books and Records; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article Article-13.4; Article-13.1; Article 3(d); Article 3(a); 4.6; 4.3
Matter Type(s): Employer Action; FINRA Discipline; 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 reasonably supervise his assistant, who had primary responsibility for preparing and processing applications and other account paperwork for customers.  Respondent’s assistant (a) altered documents relating to customer accounts, including by reusing signatures from forms that previously had been completed by customers, (b) caused the falsified forms to be maintained in the customers’ files, and (c) falsified documents to expedite transactions as an accommodation to customers (the firm’s compliance manual prohibited altering documents in the manners employed). 


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.


28738 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Fraud Related to Professional Activity; Disclosure to Clients; Diligence; Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Fitness
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; 102; 703; 701; 401(b); 6.5; 406; 607; 702(a); 201
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 06/09/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he 1) failed to inform his clients of the taxes, penalties and interest associated with a Net Unrealized Appreciation (“NUA”) strategy; 2) failed to diligently follow up with the clients regarding the NUA strategy; 3) offered the Clients free advisory services, a refund of advisory/financial planning fees already paid and compensation for the early withdrawal penalty; and 4) did not provide documents requested by CFP Board.

28739 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 607; 703; 701; 201; 202; 705
Matter Type(s): FINRA Arbitration
Decision Date: 12/04/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he sold the client unsuitable variable annuities, recommended the client mortgage her home to invest the proceeds and sold the client a LTC insurance policy that did not meet her needs.

28783 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability
Standard(s) Violated: Article 202; Article 3(b); Article 3(a); 201; 703; 102
Decision Date: 11/17/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) recommend a private placement to clients with low risk tolerances; 2) concentrated a significant percentage of the clients’ assets in a private placement; and 3) represented a private placement as having low risk.

28815 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Suitability; Client's Best Interest; Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Misrepresentation; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 703; 202; 704; 606(a); 607; 201; 606(b); 6.5; 6.2
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline; Other Arbitration
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she 1) recommended a client invest 75% of her IRA funds in a risky, illiquid alternative investment; 2) recommended and facilitated the sale of interests in six unregistered, real estate investment contracts to 55 of her clients; 3) facilitated the sale of investments without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation was suitable for her customers; and 4) failed to disclose a government investigation and a client-related civil suit on her 2011 Renewal Application.

28825 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Diligence; Professional Discipline; Professionalism
Standard(s) Violated: Article 701; 6.5; 201; 606(a); 607
Matter Type(s): Other Professional Discipline
Decision Date: 05/05/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he violated the securities laws of two states by: 1) acting as an unregistered investment adviser, securities salesperson and/or broker-dealer; 2) offering and selling an unregistered and nonexempt security; 3) offering securities to non-qualified investors; 4) misrepresented by omission in offering materials that the general partner entered into a sub-advisory agreement and shared fees with the sub-advisor; and 5) failed to disclose a state consent order on his Form ADV.

28835 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Keyword(s): Borrowing from Client
Standard(s) Violated: Article 3.6; 4.4; Article 3(b); 1.4; 607; 6.5; 2.2(e); Article 3(a); 201; 606(b)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 10/16/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment when he: 1) through his alter ego, his company, borrowed money from multiple clients, including a financial planning client; and 2) personally borrowed money from a client.

28972 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 6.5; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 07/31/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he misrepresented his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search tool.

28980 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Suspension
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 607
Matter Type(s): FINRA Discipline
Decision Date: 02/20/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he failed to pay his IRS and State taxes for the 2000 through 2008 tax years, pay his IRS taxes for the 2009 tax year and amend his Form U4 to disclose two unsatisfied tax liens as required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s (“FINRA”) By-Laws and Rules.

28992 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Revocation by DEC
Keyword(s): Professional Discipline; Securities Laws Violation; Outside Business Activity; Employer Policy Violation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 401(a); 4.3; 406; 4.1; 4.4; 2.2(b); 606(a); 201; 1.4; 407(a)
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/07/2017
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he: 1) engaged in outside business activities (“OBAs”) without provide notice to, and obtaining approval from, his firm in accordance with ICP’s procedures; 2) served in a fiduciary capacity as either a primary or successor trustee, or attorney-in-fact for clients without adequately disclosing to the clients how those roles might conflict with his position as their financial advisor; 3) encouraged and assisted a client to make him the beneficiary of the client’s annuity without adequately disclosing the conflict of interest created between Respondent serving as the client’s financial advisor and being designated as the beneficiary of one of the client’s assets; and 4) advised clients not to seek advice regarding the conflict of interest of making him the fiduciary of their estate and/or trust a beneficiary.

29043 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): Professionalism
Decision Date: 04/29/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when she disclosed her compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function despite her employment with Bank, which is affiliated with a broker-dealer.

29190 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Granted Petition
Standard(s) Violated: Article 606(b); 607; 606(a); 406; 201
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/13/2015
Summary: Pursuant to Article 16.2 of CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, an individual who has received a suspension for a period of longer than one year must petition the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) for reinstatement. At the hearing, a petitioner must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has been rehabilitated, has complied with all applicable disciplinary orders and provisions of CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules, and that the petitioner is fit to use the CFP® marks.

29220 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.1; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/26/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he publicly represented his compensation method as “fee only” on the “Find” search tool while registered with a broker-dealer that earns commissions for selling securities and while he still receives commissions for securities and insurance products that he previously sold.

29221 – 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): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/29/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while registered as a registered representative with a broker-dealer and while receiving trailing commissions as a licensed insurance agent.

29230 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Misrepresentation; Fee-Only; Disclosure to Clients
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.1; 6.5; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 06/26/2015
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 because Respondent is entitled to receive commissions as a registered broker with a broker-dealer (“BD”) and received commissions.

29234 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/13/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while serving as a registered representative of a broker-dealer.

29235 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Letter of Admonition
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/24/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function, while registered as a registered representative and while receiving commissions from insurance sales.

29262 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 6.5; 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29269 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 05/08/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29271 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 6.5; 2.1; 2.2(a)
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while registered as a registered representative with Broker-Dealer, a related party of Respondent that receives, or is entitled to receive commissions, and while he is entitled to receive referral fees if he refers clients to other affiliated of his employer.

29275 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 6.5; 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he inaccurately disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function.

29287 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Commission/Compensation; Fee-Only
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 6.5; 2.1
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 07/31/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct when he, disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while receiving commissions from insurance sales.

29300 – Anonymous Case History
Decision: Private Censure
Keyword(s): Fee-Only; Commission/Compensation
Standard(s) Violated: Article 2.2(a); 2.1; 6.5
Matter Type(s): CFP Board
Decision Date: 04/10/2015
Summary: Whether a CFP® professional (“Respondent”) violated CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (“Standards”) when he disclosed his compensation structure as “fee-only” on CFP Board’s “Find a CFP® Professional” search function while he: 1) was entitled to receive commissions as a registered representative and due to being licensed and appointed to sell insurance; and 2) he earned a salary and bonus that is affected by referrals he makes to related parties that receive non-fee compensation.

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