TORONTO, March 29, 2019 /CNW/ - The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") commenced a disciplinary proceeding in respect of Nand Kishor Singh Gusain ("Respondent") by Notice of Hearing dated August 16, 2018.
A disciplinary hearing in this proceeding was held on March 28, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario before a three-member Hearing Panel of the MFDA's Central Regional Council. After receiving evidence and hearing submissions from Staff of the MFDA, the Hearing Panel found that the two allegations set out in the Notice of Hearing had been established. In particular, the Hearing Panel made the following finding of misconduct:
Allegation #1: Between January 2010 and June 2015, the Respondent falsified, and in some instances used to process transactions, 16 account forms in respect of eight clients by altering information on the account forms without having the client initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
Allegation #2: Between January 2016 and August 2016, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in at least one instance, submitted to the Member for processing, five pre-signed account forms in respect of four clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
After hearing submissions from Staff of the MFDA as to penalty, the Hearing Panel imposed the following sanctions on the Respondent and advised that it will issue written reasons in due course:
- a fine in the amount of $17,500; and
- costs in the amount of $5,000.
The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its Members and their approximately 81,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA's complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to 'Check an Advisor' and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.
SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
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