ASC Staff Allege Illegal Distributions of Kustom Design and Synergy Group Securities

    CALGARY, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has
issued a Notice of Hearing alleging that Kustom Design Financial Services
Inc., Kustom Design Group Inc., Hightide Management Inc., Synergy Group (2000)
Inc., Michael Edward Lepitre, Mark Adrian Jones and Leonard Jonathan Zielke
engaged in illegal trading and distributions of securities.
    ASC staff allege that the parties named above breached Alberta securities
laws when they raised approximately $6.3 million from 157 Alberta investors
and that Lepitre, Jones and Kustom Design Financial provided investor advisory
services without being registered to do so with the ASC.
    An appearance to set a date for a hearing will be held on February 12,
2009, at 9 a.m. in the ASC Heaing Room, 6th Floor, 300 - 5 Avenue SW, Calgary,
    A copy of the Notice of Hearing can be found at

    The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the
province's securities laws. It is entrusted to foster a fair and efficient
capital market in Alberta and to protect investors. As a member of the
Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and
harmonize the regulation of Canada's capital markets.

For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries: Mark Dickey, Senior
Communications Advisor, (403) 297-4481; For Investor Inquiries: ASC Public
Inquiries, Toll Free 1-877-355-4488

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