IN THE MATTER of Charline Gilbert - Discipline Hearing

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Charline Gilbert.

The hearing concerns allegations that, between March 1994 and May 2013, Charline Gilbert made false statements to the IDA, now IIROC, and to the various regulatory bodies, in her applications for registration or approval as a registered representative, by declaring under oath that she held a master's degree and a doctorate. She also allegedly participated in publicity and presentations to the public, falsely stating that she held a master's degree and a doctorate in finance, and allegedly used the abbreviations corresponding to these degrees on her business cards and other documents. Finally, in her application for accreditation as an associate portfolio manager, she allegedly presented her employer with a forged attestation of a university degree, with the intention of misleading him, whereas she knew or ought to have known that it contained false information.

The hearing is open to the public, unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise. The decision of the Hearing Panel will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

Hearing Date:    March 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
   
Location:     Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street
Montréal, Québec
   

Specifically, the allegations are that:

(a)     Between March 7, 1994 and May 16, 2013, Ms. Gilbert made false statements to the IDA, now IIROC, in her applications for registration/approval as a registered representative and in her communications with the various regulatory bodies, by stating that she held a master's degree and/or a doctorate when she had not earned these degrees, thereby engaging in conduct unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest, contrary to By-law 29.1 of the IDA (now IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29);

(b)     Since 2005, Ms. Gilbert has misrepresented herself to her clients and participated in publicity and presentations to the public as a person with a master's degree and/or a doctorate in finance, and used the abbreviations corresponding to these degrees on her business cards and other promotional documents, when she had not earned these degrees and/or titles, thereby engaging in conduct unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest under the terms of IDA By-law 29.1 (now IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29); and

(c)     When she was hired, on or around May 17, 2004, and/or when she applied for accreditation as an associate portfolio manager, on or around September 3, 2004, Ms. Gilbert presented her employer, an IIROC-regulated firm, with an attestation of a university degree whereas she knew or ought to have known that this attestation contained false information, with the intention that her employer accept the document as a true copy of the original document and act accordingly, thereby engaging in conduct unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest pursuant to IDA By-law 29.1 (now IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29).

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Charline Gilbert's conduct in March 2013. The alleged violations occurred when she was a Registered Representative with the Québec City branch of RBC Dominion Securities Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Ms. Gilbert is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

The Notice of Hearing which sets out the allegations is available at http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=977EAE6BB8DF484CACCC6331C4B5575A&Language=en.

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada. Created in 2008 through the consolidation of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and Market Regulation Services Inc., IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while maintaining efficient and competitive capital markets.

IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees and through setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian equity marketplaces.

IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.

All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1 877 442-4322.

 

SOURCE Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News

For further information:

Enforcement Contact:
Carmen Crépin
Vice-President, Québec
514 878-2854
ccrepin@iiroc.ca

Media Contact:
Karen Archer
Senior Media and
Public Affairs Specialist
416 865-3046
karcher@iiroc.ca