BCSC Executive Director's Bulletin: Regulator alleges fraud and contravention of various securities laws in distribution of three securities

    VANCOUVER, June 9 /CNW/ - The executive director of the British Columbia
Securities Commission has issued a notice of hearing alleging that four people
and three companies contravened various securities laws when more than $1
million of securities were sold to 32 investors, including at least 12 B.C.
    The notice of hearing states Steven Peter Kyllo, Glen Matthew and David
Malcolm Ruthven were B.C. residents when they sold the securities of Moenkopi
Resources Inc., Frey Mining Company Ltd. and Mercury Capital S.A. The notice
alleges Steven Kyllo, Matthew, Ruthven, and the three companies contravened
various securities laws by trading and distributing securities without being
registered and without filing a prospectus in B.C.
    Among other things, the notice also alleges that under Steven Kyllo's
instructions Matthew and Ruthven promised investors no-risk, high-yield
returns when they sold Mercury and Moenkopi securities. The notice alleges
that they should have known that the promises they made to investors were
untrue, false, or misleading.
    In addition, the notice alleges Cheryl Anne Kyllo, a registered mutual
fund salesperson at the time and a B.C. resident, sold Mercury securities to
investors while being restricted to selling mutual funds only. It also alleges
Cheryl Kyllo, who is Steven Kyllo's daughter-in-law, made misrepresentations
when she sold the Mercury securities to investors.
    Finally, the notice alleges Steven Kyllo committed fraud when he
transferred the remaining investor funds out of a "high-yield" investment
program to various parties, including himself, while promising investors that
the return of their money was imminent.
    These allegations have not been proven. Counsel for the executive
director will apply to set dates for a hearing into the allegations before a
panel of commissioners on June 24, 2009 at 2 p.m.

    The B.C. Securities Commission is the independent provincial government
agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.
You may view the notice of hearing on our website, www.bcsc.bc.ca. If you have
questions, contact Ken Gracey, media relations, 604-899-6577.

For further information:

For further information: Ken Gracey, (604) 899-6577 or (Canada)

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