TORONTO, April 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Following a disciplinary hearing held February 28, 29 and March 1, 2012, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) found Sandy Joseph Bortolin liable for breach of IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 in conducting undisclosed off-shore business activities, engaging in personal financial dealings with clients, facilitating suspicious transactions including insider trading and engaging in money laundering, and misleading IIROC staff in their investigation of his activities.
The panel's decision, dated March 15, 2012, is available at
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Specifically, the panel found Mr. Bortolin contravened IDA By-law 29.1 and IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 by committing following violations:
From as early as 2003 and continuing until 2008, Mr. Bortolin:
(a) carried on outside business activities without the knowledge or approval of his member firm;
(b) engaged in personal financial dealings with his clients without the knowledge or approval of his member firm;
(c) facilitated suspicious transactions; and
(d) misled IIROC staff in their investigation of his activities, hampering the investigation.
The Hearing Panel imposed the following penalty on Mr. Bortolin:
(a) a permanent prohibition from registration with IIROC; and
(b) a $500,000 fine.
Mr. Bortolin is also required to pay costs in the amount of $100,000.
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Bortolin's conduct in February 2009. The violations occurred when he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto branch of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Bortolin is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.
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