VANCOUVER, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Following a disciplinary hearing held
on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Hearing Panel of
the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) found
that Mr. Douglas Michael Warkentin was liable of falsifying a personal
account statement from CIBC Wood Gundy, which he then submitted to his
firm Wellington West Capital Inc. as part of a leverage loan account
application. Mr. Warkentin was also found liable for making misleading
statements to his employer.
The panel's decision, and a copy of the Agreed Statement of Facts
submitted to the panel, will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
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Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC
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Specifically, in the Agreed Statement of Facts, Mr. Warkentin admitted
the following violations:
In January 2011, Mr. Warkentin created a falsified document, which he
submitted to his employer with the intention the document be acted upon
as genuine, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.1;
In January 2011, Mr. Warkentin made misleading statements to his
employer, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.1.
The Hearing Panel imposed the following penalty on Mr. Warkentin:
A $25,000 fine;
A period of suspension from registration in any category with IIROC for
6 months effective February 1, 2012; and
Successful completion of the Conduct and Practices Handbook examination
upon registration with IIROC.
Mr. Warkentin is also required to pay costs in the amount of $5,000.
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Warkentin's conduct
in May 2011. The alleged violations occurred when he was a Registered
Representative with a Winnipeg branch of Wellington West Capital Inc.,
an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Warkentin is not currently 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=0217A636982A4D38B91E55263330584C&Language=en
The Agreed Statement of Facts submitted to the Hearing Panel is
available at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=EF311ECD8B49453FA6D9465C0EABBA2A&Language=en
The decision can be found at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=36FE06A4D1714FA786DC7C374ED01D6C&Language=en
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
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