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News Release

CFP Board Discloses Bankruptcies by CFP® Professionals

July 27, 2021

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”) announces today the names of twenty-four CFP® professionals who filed for bankruptcy during the period when CFP Board’s prior Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedure was effective, but who failed to disclose the bankruptcy to CFP Board. CFP Board discovered that these individuals had filed for bankruptcy when CFP Board conducted background checks on all CFP® professionals to detect potential misconduct that previously had not been reported to CFP Board.

Prior Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedures

CFP Board’s prior Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedures were in effect from July 2012 until June 30, 2020, and applied to CFP® professionals who filed for bankruptcy one time. Under these prior procedures, which were put in place to address an increased number of bankruptcies that were being filed by Americans, including CFP® professionals, as a result of the Great Recession, CFP Board did not investigate or adjudicate the single bankruptcy. Instead, CFP Board noted the bankruptcy filing on the CFP® professional’s public profile, which is available on the “Find a CFP® Professional” and “Verify an Individual’s CFP® Certification” search functions. CFP Board also issued news releases to identify those CFP® professionals who had filed bankruptcy.

CFP Board’s Revised Bankruptcy Standard and Procedures

CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct (Code and Standards) and Procedural Rules came into effect on June 30, 2020 and set forth a revised bankruptcy standard and procedures. The Code and Standards provides that a CFP® professional may not engage in conduct that reflects adversely on his or her integrity or fitness as a CFP® professional, upon the CFP® marks or upon the profession. This includes conduct that results in a personal bankruptcy or business bankruptcy filing or adjudication where the CFP® professional was a control person of the business, unless the CFP® professional can rebut the presumption that the bankruptcy demonstrates an inability to manage responsibly the CFP® professional’s or the business’s financial affairs. CFP Board is enforcing this bankruptcy standard through the processes set forth in the Procedural Rules, including by conducting investigations, filing and adjudicating Complaints, and issuing sanctions for violations of this standard. CFP Board publishes public sanctions in a press release and in the CFP® professional’s disciplinary history on Verify a CFP® Professional and Find a CFP® Professional.

CFP Board has issued a Notice Regarding Bankruptcy Standard and Procedures that details CFP Board’s reporting requirements, standards and procedures regarding bankruptcies. Particularly noteworthy is that CFP Board now uses a streamlined adjudication procedure to determine whether a single bankruptcy reflects adversely on a CFP® professional’s integrity or fitness, upon the CFP® marks or upon the profession. Under that procedure, a CFP® professional with a single bankruptcy may accept a public censure without incurring a hearing fee. Otherwise, CFP Board will issue a streamlined complaint, impose a hearing fee, and follow an expedited adjudication procedure. When a CFP® professional has multiple bankruptcies, CFP Board will continue to follow its normal procedure for adjudicating complaints.

The public may review an individual’s bankruptcy and disciplinary information and certification status with CFP Board at CFP.net/verify. More information regarding a CFP® professional’s bankruptcy filing can be found at the U.S. Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (“PACER”) website. Please note that you will be required to register and pay a nominal fee to view the information.

The individuals who filed for bankruptcy during the pendency of the Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedure but who failed to disclose the bankruptcy to CFP Board are set forth below:

NAME

LOCATION

STATE

BANKRUPTCY TYPE

FILING DATE

Xavier Allen, CFP®

Central Islip

New York

Personal – Chapter 13

September 2017

John A. Amirante, CFP®

Trenton

New Jersey

Personal – Chapter 7

September 2015

Yu Chin Chen, CFP®

Los Angeles

California

Personal – Chapter 7

July 2010

Kyle J. Christianson, CFP®

Tampa

Florida

Personal – Chapter 13

April 2013

Antonio Costa, CFP®

Greenbelt

Maryland

Personal – Chapter 13

May 2011

Steve M. Cote, CFP®

Boston

Massachusetts

Personal – Chapter 7

August 2012

Joseph DeMuro, Jr., CFP®

Harrisburg

Pennsylvania

Business – Chapter 7

March 2014

Michael P. Duprey, CFP®

Alexandria

Virginia

Personal – Chapter 7

March 2014

Russell R. Eberwein, Jr., CFP®

Columbus

Ohio

Personal – Chapter 7

July 2017

Alin Hall, CFP®

Palm Beach

Florida

Personal – Chapter 13

October 2013

Dan R. Henrikson, CFP®

Tampa

Florida

Personal – Chapter 7

November 2010

Gary A. Hess, CFP®

Harrisonburg

Virginia

Business – Chapter 11

May 2018

Brant Keller, CFP®

Fort Myers

Florida

Business – Chapter 7

July 2013

Sarah D. Lenda, CFP®

Raleigh

North Carolina

Personal – Chapter 7

April 2014

Dennis Loxton III, CFP®

Atlanta

Georgia

Personal – Chapter 7

August 2011

Sandra J. Moss, CFP®

Chicago

Illinois

Personal – Chapter 13

January 2013

James J. O’Boyle, CFP®

Wilkes Barre

Pennsylvania

Personal – Chapter 13

June 2011

Lloyd C. Price, CFP®

Newark

New Jersey

Personal – Chapter 7

November 2013

Lee Robinson, CFP®

Los Angeles

California

Personal – Chapter 7

September 2011

John P. Schiro, CFP®

Poughkeepsie

New York

Personal – Chapter 7

October 2018

Gurdeep Singh, CFP®

Los Angeles

California

Business – Chapter 7

January 2015

Audrey Lynn Snell, CFP®

Palm Beach

Florida

Personal – Chapter 7

May 2015

Sylvia Szabo-Larson, CFP®

Santa Monica

California

Personal – Chapter 7

February 2016

Hiroko Tatebe, CFP®

Los Angeles

California

Personal – Chapter 7

March 2015

about cfp board

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is the professional body for personal financial planners in the U.S. CFP Board sets standards for financial planning and administers the prestigious CFP® certification – one of the most respected certifications in financial services – so that the public has access to and benefits from competent and ethical financial planning. CFP Board, along with its Center for Financial Planning, is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of CFP® certification and access to a diverse, ethical and competent financial planning workforce. Widely recognized by firms as the standard for financial planning, CFP® certification is held by more than 90,000 people in the United States.

contact

John Pappas
Director of External Communications
202-379-2252
jpappas@cfpboard.org