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CFP Board Censures Improper CFP® Certificant Conduct

February 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, February 19, 2010—Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. announces that it has issued an interim suspension to Oren Sullivan of Rock Hill, South Carolina, suspending his right to use the CFP® certification marks, effective immediately.

CFP Board initiated interim suspension proceedings after discovering that Mr. Sullivan was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member, and charged with seven counts of knowingly devising a scheme and artifice to defraud to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses in violation of §18 U.S.C. 1341. Mr. Sullivan is alleged to have entered into promissory notes with multiple investors. After receiving the principal from his clients, Mr. Sullivan deposited the money into his personal bank account. Mr. Sullivan failed to respond to CFP Board’s Order to Show Cause within 20 calendar days, as required by CFP Board’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. As a result, the allegations set forth in the Order to Show Cause were deemed admitted, and the Interim Suspension Order was automatically issued, effective February 19, 2010. Under the Interim Suspension Order, Mr. Sullivan’s right to use the CFP® certification marks is suspended pending CFP Board’s completed investigation.

Public disciplinary actions taken by CFP Board, in order of increasing severity, include letter of admonition, suspension, and permanent revocation. Consumers may check on any planner’s disciplinary history and certification status with CFP Board at

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