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CFP Board Discloses Bankruptcies by CFP® Professionals

December 27, 2012

Washington, DC, December 28, 2012 – Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. announces today the names of CFP® professionals who have declared bankruptcy within the last five years and, under rules that took effect July 1, 2012, are not subject to disciplinary procedures but will have their bankruptcy disclosed.

Under the rules approved by the Board of Directors, CFP Board does not investigate, and the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission does not adjudicate, bankruptcy-only cases. Rather, CFP Board verifies the bankruptcy, then notes the bankruptcy filing on the CFP® professional’s public profile, which is available through the search functions on CFP Board’s website

CFP Board also shares with consumers and other stakeholders who contact CFP Board regarding a CFP® professional’s certification status the information in the CFP® professional’s public profile, including identifying whether the CFP® professional has filed bankruptcy. CFP Board discloses these bankruptcies four times a year – once after each quarter has ended.  All disclosures regarding a bankruptcy filed by a CFP® professional will remain on CFP Board’s website for 10 years from the earlier of the date the CFP® professional disclosed the bankruptcy to CFP Board or the date CFP Board became aware of the bankruptcy.

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

This disclosure of these names is made pursuant to CFP Board’s rules regarding single-bankruptcy cases and covers the third quarter of 2012. The release of the information below does not constitute discipline of these individuals and is provided only for purpose of providing consumers with adequate information to make an informed decision with regard to engaging a CFP® professional to assist with financial decisions.

Name Location State Bankruptcy Type Filing Date
Mr. Kenneth E. Carter Fort Worth TX Personal 5/12/2009
Mr. H. Joseph Cook Phillipsburg NJ Personal 1/16/2009
Mr. Donald A. Dieterly Toldeo OH Personal 12/7/2010
Mr. Doohan Hong Los Angeles CA Personal 5/18/2012
Mr. Earl Roger King Greenbelt MD Personal 4/24/2009
Mr. Todd M. Kreuser Milwaukee WI Personal 7/25/2009
Mr. Dennis N. Mainard San Diego CA Personal 11/16/2009
Mr. Randall K. Minas South Bend IN Personal 12/23/2011
Mr. Thomas J. Peterson Chicago IL Personal 3/30/2009
Mr. Russel L. Phelps, III Sacramento CA Personal 10/16/2009
Ravish C. Rattan Worcester MA Personal 7/16/2008
Ms. Patricia Harrison Phoenix AZ Personal 6/19/2009
Mr. Matthew A. Self Nashville TN Personal 10/27/2009