TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") has commenced disciplinary proceedings in respect of Alfredo Pino, also known as Alfie Pino (the "Respondent"). In its Notice of Hearing dated November 7, 2016, Staff of the MFDA alleges that the Respondent engaged in the following conduct contrary to the By-laws, Rules and/or Policies of the MFDA:
Allegation #1: From October 2012 to May 2013, the Respondent misappropriated approximately $276,896.19 from client BC, and failed to repay or otherwise account for $263,786.37 of those monies, thereby failing to deal fairly, honestly and in good faith with client BC, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
Allegation #2: Commencing in September 2011, the Respondent engaged in outside business activities with respect to three companies that were not disclosed to or approved by the Member, contrary to MFDA Rules 1.2.1(c) (now MFDA Rule 1.3) and 2.1.1.
Allegation #3: Commencing in February 2015, the Respondent failed to cooperate with an investigation conducted by Staff of the MFDA, contrary to section 22.1 of MFDA By-law No. 1 and MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
The first appearance in this proceeding will take place by teleconference before a Hearing Panel of the MFDA's Central Regional Council on January 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern) or as soon thereafter as the appearance can be held, in order to schedule a date for the commencement of the hearing on the merits and to address any other procedural matters. The first appearance will be open to the public, except as may be required for the protection of confidential matters.
A copy of the Notice of Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, the Respondent conducted business in in Ottawa, Ontario.
The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its Members and their approximately 83,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA's complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to 'Check an Advisor' and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.
SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
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