TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The MFDA today announced that it has commenced disciplinary proceedings
in respect of Geoffrey Gaunt (the "Respondent"). MFDA staff alleges in
its Notice of Hearing that the Respondent engaged in the following
conduct contrary the By-laws, Rules or Policies of the MFDA:
Allegation #1: Between March 2007 and January 28, 2008, the Respondent engaged in
personal financial dealings with client CD when he requested and
received from client CD a series of loans totaling approximately
$26,000 to pay personal expenses, thereby creating a conflict or
potential of interest between the interests of the Respondent and the
interests of client CD which the Respondent failed to ensure was
addressed by the exercise of responsible business judgment influenced
only by the best interests of client, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.4 and
MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
Allegation #2: Between March 2007 and January 28, 2008, the Respondent failed to
comply with the policies and procedures of the Member regarding
conflicts of interest with clients when he accepted a series of loans
totaling approximately $26,000 from client CD to pay personal expenses,
contrary to MFDA Rules 1.1.2 and 2.5.1, and MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
Allegation #3: Between October 8, 2009 and November 1, 2010, the Respondent failed to
report to the Member two consecutive criminal charges against him, one
of which he pled guilty to and the other of which was subsequently
withdrawn, contrary to section 4.1(d) of MFDA Policy No. 6.
The first appearance in this matter will take place by teleconference
before a Hearing Panel of the MFDA's Atlantic Regional Council on
January 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (Atlantic) in order to schedule a date
for the commencement of the hearing on the merits and to address any
other procedural matters. The first appearance will be open to the
public, except as may be required for the protection of confidential
A copy of the Notice of Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca.
The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund
dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business
conduct of its 117 Members and their approximately 80,000 Approved
Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest.
SOURCE: Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
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