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File No. 201717

IN THE MATTER OF A SETTLEMENT HEARING PURSUANT TO SECTION 24.4 OF BY-LAW NO. 1 OF THE MUTUAL FUND DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Re: Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi

Heard: September 28, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario

Reasons for Decision: November 30, 2017

Reasons for Decision

Hearing Panel of the Central Regional Council:

  • Paul M. Moore, QC, Chair
  • Kenneth P. Mann, Industry Representative
  • Joseph Yassi, Industry Representative

Appearances:

  • Sarah Glickman, Counsel for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
  • Mohamed Al-Bayoumi, Respondent, In Person

Settlement Agreement

  1. The Hearing Panel accepted the settlement agreement dated June 14, 2017 (“Settlement Agreement”) between the staff of the MFDA and Mohamed Al-Bayoumi (“Respondent”). A copy of the Settlement Agreement is attached to these reasons as Schedule “1”. The agreed facts are set out in section III of the agreement.

Contraventions

  1. The Respondent admitted that:
    1. between July 2007 and September 2014, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 17 pre-signed account forms in respect of 12 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
    2. between December 2010 and August 2013, the Respondent falsified, and in some instances used to process transactions, 3 account forms in respect of 3 clients, by altering information on the account forms without obtaining client initials authorizing the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

Agreed penalties

  1. The agreed penalties were: i) a fine of $5,000; ii) an 18 month prohibition from acting as a branch manager; iii) a requirement to pass a branch manager’s course before being re-registered as a branch manager; and iv) a costs award of $2,500.

Considerations

  1. The Hearing Panel determined that it had to be satisfied regarding three considerations before it could accept the Settlement Agreement. First, the agreed penalty had to be within an acceptable range taking into account similar cases. Secondly, the agreed penalty had to be fair and reasonable (i.e. proportional to the seriousness of the contravention and taking into consideration other relevant circumstances) and should appear to be so to members of the public and industry. Thirdly, the agreed penalty should serve as a deterrent to the Respondent and to industry. To be satisfied on these three considerations required an understanding of the particular facts of the case, the circumstances of the Respondent, and the impact on him of the agreed penalty.

Nature of the Misconduct

  1. Obtaining, possessing and using to process transactions pre-signed account forms and falsifying forms are conduct contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

Other considerations in determining acceptability of agreed penalties

  1. There was no evidence of client loss or lack of authorization.
  1. The was no evidence that the Respondent received any financial benefit from engaging in the misconduct beyond any commissions and fees that he would normally be entitled to receive if the transactions had been carried out in the proper manner.
  1. On December 12, 2014, the Respondent’s Member warned him and placed him under 6 months of close supervision, and deducted 5% of his commissions over the period of close supervision.
  1. The Respondent states that he cannot pay any additional amounts as penalties or costs.
  1. The Respondent has not previously been subject to MFDA disciplinary proceedings.
  1. By entering into the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent has accepted responsibility for his misconduct and avoided the necessity of the MFDA incurring the time and expense of conducting a full disciplinary hearing.
  1. The agreed penalties are within the recommendations of the MFDA penalty guidelines and the reasonable range of appropriateness with regard to MFDA decisions submitted to us by staff, made by MFDA Hearing Panels in similar circumstances. They are fair and reasonable and will serve as a specific and general deterrent.

Costs

  1. The costs award is reasonable.

Conclusion

  1. We concluded, therefore, that the Settlement Agreement was in the public interest and, consequently, we accepted it.

DATED: Nov 30, 2017

"Paul M. Moore, QC"

Paul M. Moore, QC

Chair


"Kenneth P. Mann"

Kenneth P. Mann

Industry Representative


"Joseph Yassi"

Joseph Yassi

Industry Representative

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Schedule “1”

Settlement Agreement
File No. 201717

IN THE MATTER OF A SETTLEMENT HEARING
PURSUANT TO SECTION 24.4 OF BY-LAW NO. 1 OF
THE MUTUAL FUND DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

 

Re: Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. Staff of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“Staff”) and the Respondent, Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi (“Respondent”), consent and agree to settlement of this matter by way of this agreement (“Settlement Agreement”).
  1. Staff conducted an investigation of the Respondent’s activities which disclosed activity for which the Respondent could be penalized on the exercise of the discretion of the Hearing Panel pursuant to s. 24.1 of By-law No. 1.

II. JOINT SETTLEMENT RECOMMENDATION

  1. Staff and the Respondent jointly recommend that the Hearing Panel accept the Settlement Agreement.
  1. The Respondent admits to the following violations of the By-laws, Rules or Policies of the MFDA:
    1. between July 2007 and September 2014, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 17 pre-signed account forms in respect of 12 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
    2. between December 2010 and August 2013, the Respondent falsified, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 3 account forms in respect of 3 clients, by altering information on the account forms without obtaining client initials authorizing the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
  1. Staff and the Respondent agree and consent to the following terms of settlement:
    1. the Respondent shall pay a fine in the amount of $5,000 pursuant to s. 24.1.1(b) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
    2. the Respondent shall pay costs in the amount of $2,500 pursuant to s. 24.2 of MFDA By-law No. 1;
    3. the Respondent shall be prohibited from acting in the capacity of branch manager in the employ of or associated with a Member of the MFDA for a period of 18 months, pursuant to s. 24.1.1(e) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
    4. prior to being re-designated as a branch manager, the Respondent shall successfully complete the branch manager’s course offered by the Canadian Securities Institute or the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, pursuant to s. 24.1.1(f) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
    5. the Respondent shall in the future comply with MFDA Rule 1.1; and
    6. the Respondent will attend in person, on the date set for the Settlement Hearing.
  1. Staff and the Respondent agree to the settlement on the basis of the facts set out in Part III herein and consent to the making of an Order in the form attached as Schedule “A”.

III. AGREED FACTS

Registration History

  1. Since 2000, the Respondent has been registered in Ontario as a mutual fund salesperson (now known as a Dealing Representative) with Global Maxfin Investments Inc. (“Global”), a Member of the MFDA[1].
  1. Between May 2003 and January 2015, Global designated the Respondent as a branch manager.

Pre-Signed Account Forms

  1. Between July 2007 and September 2014, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 17 pre-signed account forms in respect of 12 clients.
  1. The pre-signed account forms included order entry forms, new account application forms and Know-Your-Client forms.

Falsified Account Forms

  1. Between December 2010 and August 2013, the Respondent falsified, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 3 order entry forms in respect of 3 clients, by altering information on the account forms without obtaining client initials authorizing the alterations.

Global’s Investigation

  1. Between May 2014 and December 2014, during the course of a MFDA Sales Compliance review of Global, MFDA Sales Compliance Staff identified in client files serviced by the Respondent, the account forms that are the subject of this Settlement Agreement.
  1. As a result of MFDA Sales Compliance’s findings, Global reviewed all client files serviced by the Respondent and did not identify any further deficient account forms.
  1. As part of its investigation, Global sent letters to all clients serviced by the Respondent in order to determine whether the Respondent had engaged in unauthorized trading. No clients raised any concerns with Global.
  1. On December 12, 2014, Global issued a warning letter to the Respondent, placed the Respondent under close supervision for six months, and deducted 5% of the Respondent’s commissions over the close supervision period.

Additional Factors

  1. There is no evidence that the Respondent received any financial benefit from engaging in the misconduct described above other than the commissions or fees he would ordinarily be entitled to had the transactions been completed in the proper manner.
  1. There is no evidence of client loss or lack of authorization.
  1. The Respondent has not previously been the subject of MFDA proceedings.
  1. The Respondent states that he is unable to pay any additional amounts towards either a fine or costs.
  1. By entering into this Settlement Agreement, the Respondent has saved the MFDA the time, resources, and expenses associated with conducting a full hearing on the allegations.

IV. ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SETTLEMENT

  1. This settlement is agreed upon in accordance with section 24.4 of MFDA By-law No. 1 and Rules 14 and 15 of the MFDA Rules of Procedure.
  1. The Settlement Agreement is subject to acceptance by the Hearing Panel which shall be sought at a hearing (“Settlement Hearing”). At, or following the conclusion of, the Settlement Hearing, the Hearing Panel may either accept or reject the Settlement Agreement.
  1. The Settlement Agreement shall become effective and binding upon the Respondent and Staff as of the date of its acceptance by the Hearing Panel. Unless otherwise stated, any monetary penalties and costs imposed upon the Respondent are payable immediately, and any suspensions, revocations, prohibitions, conditions or other terms of the Settlement Agreement shall commence, upon the effective date of the Settlement Agreement.
  1. Staff and the Respondent agree that if this Settlement Agreement is accepted by the Hearing Panel:
    1. the Settlement Agreement will constitute the entirety of the evidence to be submitted respecting the Respondent in this matter;
    2. the Respondent waives any rights to a full hearing, a review hearing before the Board of Directors of the MFDA or any securities commission with jurisdiction in the matter under its enabling legislation, or a judicial review or appeal of the matter before any court of competent jurisdiction;
    3. Staff will not initiate any proceeding under the By-laws of the MFDA against the Respondent in respect of the facts and contraventions described in this Settlement Agreement. Nothing in this Settlement Agreement precludes Staff from investigating or initiating proceedings in respect of any facts and contraventions that are not set out in this Settlement Agreement. Furthermore, nothing in this Settlement Agreement shall relieve the Respondent from fulfilling any continuing regulatory obligations;
    4. the Respondent shall be deemed to have been penalized by the Hearing Panel pursuant to s. 24.1.2 of By-law No. 1 for the purpose of giving notice to the public thereof in accordance with s. 24.5 of By-law No. 1; and
    5. neither Staff nor the Respondent will make any public statement inconsistent with this Settlement Agreement. Nothing in this section is intended to restrict the Respondent from making full answer and defence to any civil or other proceedings against the Respondent.
  1. If, for any reason, this Settlement Agreement is not accepted by the Hearing Panel, each of Staff and the Respondent will be entitled to any available proceedings, remedies and challenges, including proceeding to a disciplinary hearing pursuant to sections 20 and 24 of By-law No. 1, unaffected by the Settlement Agreement or the settlement negotiations.
  1. Staff and the Respondent agree that the terms of the Settlement Agreement, including the attached Schedule “A”, will be released to the public only if and when the Settlement Agreement is accepted by the Hearing Panel.
  1. The Settlement Agreement may be signed in one or more counterparts which together shall constitute a binding agreement. A facsimile copy of any signature shall be effective as an original signature.

[1] In June 2003, Global Education Funds Incorporated changed its name to Global Maxfin Investments Inc.

“Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi”  
Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi  
“AL” AL
Witness – Signature Witness – Print Name
“Shaun Devlin”  

Shaun Devlin
Staff of the MFDA
Per: Shaun Devlin
Senior Vice-President,
Member Regulation – Enforcement

  


Schedule “A”

Order
File No.

IN THE MATTER OF A SETTLEMENT HEARING
PURSUANT TO SECTION 24.4 OF BY-LAW NO. 1 OF
THE MUTUAL FUND DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

 

Re: Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi

ORDER

WHEREAS on February 8, 2017, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) issued a Notice of Hearing pursuant to section 24.4 of By-law No. 1 in respect of Mohamed Said Ahmed Al-Bayoumi (“Respondent”);

AND WHEREAS the Respondent entered into a settlement agreement with Staff of the MFDA, dated June 14, 2017 (“Settlement Agreement”), in which the Respondent agreed to a proposed settlement of matters for which the Respondent could be disciplined pursuant to ss. 20 and 24.1 of By-law No. 1;

AND WHEREAS the Hearing Panel is of the opinion that:

  1. between July 2007 and September 2014, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 17 pre-signed account forms in respect of 12 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
  2. between December 2010 and August 2013, the Respondent falsified, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 3 account forms in respect of 3 clients, by altering information on the account forms without obtaining client initials authorizing the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the Settlement Agreement is accepted, as a consequence of which:

  1. the Respondent shall pay a fine in the amount of $5,000 pursuant to s. 24.1.1(b) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
  2. the Respondent shall pay costs in the amount of $2,500 pursuant to s. 24.2 of MFDA By-law No. 1;
  3. the Respondent shall be prohibited from acting in the capacity of branch manager in the employ of or associated with a Member of the MFDA for a period of 18 months, pursuant to s. 24.1.1(e) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
  4. prior to being re-designated as a branch manager, the Respondent shall successfully complete the branch manager’s course offered by the Canadian Securities Institute or the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, pursuant to s. 24.1.1(f) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
  5. the Respondent shall in the future comply with MFDA Rule 1.1; and
  6. if at any time a non-party to this proceeding, with the exception of the bodies set out in section 23 of MFDA By-law No. 1, requests production of or access to exhibits in this proceeding that contain personal information as defined by the MFDA Privacy Policy, then the MFDA Corporate Secretary shall not provide copies of or access to the requested exhibits to the non-party without first redacting from them any and all personal information, pursuant to Rules 1.8(2) and (5) of the MFDA Rules of Procedure.

DATED this [day] day of [month], 20[  ].

Per:      __________________________
[Name of Public Representative], Chair

Per:      _________________________
[Name of Industry Representative]

Per:      _________________________
[Name of Industry Representative]