Enforcement Notice - IN THE MATTER OF Mark Fridgant - Discipline Hearing

TORONTO, July 8, 2014 /CNW/ - A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), in the matter of Mark Fridgant.

The hearing concerns allegations that Mr. Fridgant provided fictitious portfolio statements to two sets of clients and made inaccurate statements and misrepresented the holdings of these clients when questioned by representatives of his Dealer Member firm.

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

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Hearing Date:

August 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.



Location:          

IIROC Offices, Alberta Room


121 King Street W., Suite 2000


Toronto, Ontario



Specifically, the allegations are that:

a)     

Between November 2005 and November 2012, Mr. Fridgant provided fictitious portfolio statements to two sets of clients which misrepresented the total value of their account holdings, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 (IDA By-law 29.1 prior to June 1, 2008); and



b)

In November 2012, Mr. Fridgant made inaccurate statements and misrepresented the holdings of these clients when questioned by representatives of his Dealer Member firm, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 (IDA By-law 29.1 prior to June 1, 2008).

 

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Fridgant's conduct in February 2013. The alleged violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto, Ontario branches of PI Financial Corp., Jennings Capital Inc. and Canaccord Capital Corporation, all IIROC-regulated firms.  Mr. Fridgant 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=92A215C978E24DF59E13BD94C1EE2B60&Language=en.

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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: Elsa Renzella, Vice President, Enforcement, 416 943-5877, erenzella@iiroc.ca; Media Contact: Karen Archer, Senior Media and Public Affairs Specialist, 416 865-3046, karcher@iiroc.ca