news-banner

MFDA SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

View and Download English PDF
HomeCompleted Hearings201792 - Lucas Stemshorn-Russell › SA201792

File No. 201792

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: Lucas Stemshorn-Russell

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. Staff of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“Staff”) and Lucas Stemshorn-Russell, (“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. in or about June 2016, the Respondent cut and pasted client signatures from account forms previously signed by 2 clients onto 2 new account forms, 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 $2,500 pursuant to section 24.1.1(b) of By-law No. 1 (the “Fine”);
    2. the Respondent shall pay costs in the amount of $2500 pursuant to section 24.2 of By-law No. 1 (the “Costs”);
    3. the payment by the Respondent of the Fine and Costs shall be made to and received by MFDA Staff in certified funds as follows:
      1. $2,500 (Costs) upon acceptance of the Settlement Agreement by the Hearing Panel;
      2. $250 on or before the last business day of the first month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      3. $250 on or before the last business day of the second month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      4. $250 on or before the last business day of the third month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      5. $250 on or before the last business day of the fourth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      6. $250 on or before the last business day of the fifth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      7. $250 on or before the last business day of the sixth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      8. $250 on or before the last business day of the seventh month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      9. $250 on or before the last business day of the eighth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      10. $250 on or before the last business day of the ninth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
      11. $250 on or before the last business day of the tenth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    4. if the Respondent fails to make any of the payments described in subparagraph 5(c):
      1. any outstanding balance of the Fine and Costs owed by the Respondent shall become immediately due and payable to the MFDA; and
      2. the Respondent shall be prohibited from conducting securities related business while in the employ of or associated with a Member of the MFDA until such time as the total amount outstanding of the Fine and Costs owed by the Respondent is paid to the MFDA, pursuant to s. 24.3.13(c) of MFDA By-law No. 1.
    5. the Respondent shall be prohibited from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with a MFDA Member for a period of 6 months pursuant to s. 24.1.1(b) of MFDA By-law No. 1;
    6. the Respondent shall in the future comply with MFDA Rules 2.1.1; and
    7. the Respondent will attend the Settlement Hearing in person.
  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. The Respondent was registered in the mutual fund industry commencing in March 2009.
  1. Between January 2015 and June 2016, the Respondent was registered in British Columbia as a mutual fund salesperson (now known as a dealing representative) with Worldsource Financial Management Inc. (“Worldsource”), a Member of the MFDA.
  1. Between March 2009 and January 2015, the Respondent was registered in British Columbia as a mutual fund salesperson (now known as a dealing representative) with two other mutual fund dealers.
  1. On June 9, 2016, Worldsource terminated the Respondent’s registration for the matters described below, and the Respondent is not currently registered in the securities industry in any capacity.
  1. At all material times, the Respondent carried on business in Sydney, British Columbia area.

The Respondent Cut and Pasted Client Signatures

  1. At all material times, Worldsource’s policies and procedures prohibited its Approved Persons, including the Respondent, from holding, obtaining, or using photocopies of previously signed trading instructions or forms.
  1. In or about June 2016, Worldsource staff completed a sales review of client files serviced by the Respondent’s and identified that two account forms were missing.
  1. In response to the deficiencies identified in the sales review, in or about June 2016, the Respondent cut and pasted the signatures of 2 clients from account forms previously signed by the clients onto 2 new account forms, rather than having the clients sign the account forms.
  1. The account forms consisted of an Engagement Letter and an Investment Guide.

Worldsource’s Investigation

  1. In June 2016, Worldsource identified the forms described above in paragraph 14 during an onsite branch review. Worldsource subsequently reviewed all files for clients that were serviced by the Respondent and identified no further instances of the Respondent copying and pasting client signatures.
  1. On June 9, 2016, Worldsource terminated the Respondent’s registration.

Additional Factors

  1. There is no evidence that the Respondent received any financial benefit from engaging in the misconduct described above beyond any commissions and fees that he would ordinarily be entitled to receive had the transactions been carried out in the proper manner.
  1. There is no evidence of any client loss or that any transactions were unauthorized.
  1. The Respondent has not previously been the subject of MFDA disciplinary proceedings.
  1. By entering into this Settlement Agreement, the Respondent has saved the MFDA the time, resources, and expenses associated with conducting a full hearing of 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. MFDA Settlement Hearings are typically held in the absence of the public pursuant to section 20.5 of MFDA By-law No. 1 and Rule 15.2(2) of the MFDA Rules of Procedure. If the Hearing Panel accepts the Settlement Agreement, then the proceeding will become open to the public and a copy of the decision of the Hearing Panel and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at mfda.ca.
  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 contraventions described in this Settlement Agreement. Nothing in this Settlement Agreement precludes Staff from investigating or initiating proceedings in respect of any 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.

DATED: Nov 27, 2017

"MN"

Witness – Signature


MN

Witness – Print Name

“Lucas Stemshorn-Russell”

Lucas Stemshorn-Russell


 

“Shaun Devlin ”

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


Schedule “A”

Order
File No. 201792

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: Lucas Stemshorn-Russell

ORDER

WHEREAS on [date], 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 Lucas Stemshorn-Russell (“Respondent”);

AND WHEREAS the Respondent entered into a settlement agreement with Staff of the MFDA, dated [date], (“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 the Respondent:

  1. between March 2016 and April 2016, the Respondent cut and pasted the signatures of 2 clients from account forms previously signed by the clients onto 2 new account forms, 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 $2,500 pursuant to section 24.1.1(b) of By-law No. 1 (“Fine”);
  1. the Respondent shall pay costs in the amount of $2,500, pursuant to section 24.2 of By-law No. 1 (“Costs”);
  1. the payment by the Respondent of the Fine and Costs shall be made to and received by MFDA Staff in certified funds as follows:
    1. $2,500 (Costs) upon acceptance of the Settlement Agreement by the Hearing Panel;
    2. $250 on or before the last business day of the first month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    3. $250 on or before the last business day of the second month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    4. $250 on or before the last business day of the third month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    5. $250 on or before the last business day of the fourth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    6. $250 on or before the last business day of the fifth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    7. $250 on or before the last business day of the sixth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    8. $250 on or before the last business day of the seventh month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    9. $250 on or before the last business day of the eight month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    10. $250 on or before the last business day of the ninth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
    11. $250 on or before the last business day of the tenth month following the date of Settlement Agreement;
  1. if the Respondent fails to make any of the payments described in paragraph 3:
    1. any outstanding balance of the Fine and Costs owed by the Respondent shall become immediately due and payable to the MFDA; and
    2. the Respondent shall be prohibited from conducting securities related business while in the employ of or associated with a Member of the MFDA until such time as the total amount outstanding of the Fine and Costs owed by the Respondent is paid to the MFDA, pursuant to s. 24.3.13(c) of MFDA By-law No. 1.
  1. the Respondent shall be prohibited from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with a MFDA Member for a period of 6 months pursuant to s. 24.1.1(b) of MFDA By-law No.1;
  1. the Respondent shall in the future comply with MFDA Rules 2.1.1; and
  1. 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]