Investment dealer and registrant admit to contravening cease trade order

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Securities Commission has
settled with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and one of its employees after they
admitted to trading an issuer's securities that were cease traded by the
    On Aug. 1, 2007, BCSC staff issued a cease trade order (CTO) against
Raven Gold Corp., an issuer that trades on the OTC Bulletin Board in the
United States. On Aug. 2, 2007, the BMO Nesbitt Burns trade desk and its
representatives received an e-mail notifying them of the Raven CTO, but due to
an internal error, it was not entered into the investment dealer's system.
    Between Aug. 2, 2007 and Oct. 2, 2007, Jaime Alejandro Torres, a
registered representative and salesperson, who works for BMO Nesbitt Burns in
B.C., traded Raven securities for three different clients in 11 separate
transactions, earning commissions of $262.71. Torres claimed he was not aware
of the CTO at the time of the trades because it was not in the investment
dealer's computerized order matching system.
    In addition, in October 2007, a second BMO Nesbitt Burns investment
adviser accepted two orders for the purchase of Raven shares. On Nov. 15,
2007, the firm cancelled these trades and sold the Raven shares out of an
internal error account, contrary to the CTO. The firm earned $1,020.27 for the
    Torres paid $3,500 and BMO Nesbitt Burns paid $5,000 to the BCSC for
contravening the Raven CTO. The amounts include commissions earned from the

    The B.C. Securities Commission is the independent provincial government
agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.
You may view the decision on our website by typing in the
search box, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Jaime Alejandro Torres, or 2009 BCSECCOM 438.
If you have questions, contact Ken Gracey, media relations, 604-899-6577.
    Learn how to avoid investment fraud at the BCSC's investor education

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

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