MFDA announces disciplinary proceeding in respect of Ronald Schwartz
July 24, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) has commenced disciplinary proceedings in respect of Ronald Morrell Schwartz (“Respondent”). In its Notice of Hearing dated June 6, 2017, Staff of the MFDA alleges that the Respondent engaged in the following conduct contrary to the By-laws, Rules and/or Policies of the MFDA:
Allegation #1: Between January 2009 and June 2015, the Respondent processed a series of unauthorized redemptions and misappropriated at least $69,035 from six clients, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.1.1 and 2.3.1.
Allegation #2: Between January 2009 and June 2015, the Respondent created and distributed fictitious account statements, and misled clients and his Members in response to inquiries regarding his trading activities, in order to conceal that he had processed unauthorized redemptions in client accounts and misappropriated client monies, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.8.2 and 2.1.1.
Allegation #3: Commencing on June 1, 2015, the Respondent failed to cooperate with an investigation by MFDA Staff into his conduct, contrary to section 22.1 of MFDA By-law No. 1.
The first appearance in this proceeding will take place by teleconference before a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Central Regional Council on August 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the appearance can be held, to schedule a date for the commencement of the hearing on the merits and to address any other procedural matters. The appearance will be open to the public, except as may be required for the protection of confidential matters.
A copy of the Notice of Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, the Respondent conducted business in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario area.
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 83,000 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.
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