Investment Advisor used clients' money for personal use
TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Following a penalty hearing held on November 15, 2017, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) imposed the following penalties on Vance Virgil Hoshizaki:
- permanent ban from approval in any capacity with IIROC; and
- a $500,000 fine.
Mr. Hoshizaki is also required to pay costs in the amount of $20,000.
The penalty decision dated December 13, 2017 can be found at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=942E84788C274D7183B19191D19E4F39&Language=en
In an earlier decision dated August 11, 2017, the Hearing Panel found that Mr. Hoshizaki engaged in undisclosed outside business activities and personal financial dealings with clients and took money that was entrusted to him by clients for investment purposes and used it personally.
The decision on liability can be found at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=C7F8630BF86746CFAA7ADA99876D56B9&Language=en
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IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Hoshizaki's conduct in August 2013. The violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Thunder Bay branch of Assante Capital Management Ltd. Mr. Hoshizaki is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.
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SOURCE Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News
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