January 2, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated December 7, 2017 regarding the presentation, review and consideration of a proposed settlement agreement by a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Prairie Regional Council.
The settlement agreement will be between Staff of the MFDA and Laurie Rose Lewis (“Respondent”) and involves matters for which the Respondent may be disciplined by a Hearing Panel pursuant to MFDA By-laws. The proposed settlement agreement concerns allegations that the Respondent:
- between November 2012 and April 2014, altered and used to process transactions, three (3) account forms in respect of three (3) clients by altering information on the account forms without having the clients initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1;
- between August 2012 and January 2016, altered information on 17 account forms that had been previously signed by ten (10) clients and used in previous transactions in order to process new transactions in the clients’ accounts, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
- between February 2013 and February 2016, obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 51 pre-signed account forms in respect of 24 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
The settlement hearing is scheduled to take place on February 1, 2018, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held, in the hearing room at the offices of the MFDA, located at 800 – 6th Avenue S.W., Suite 850, Calgary, Alberta.
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 www.mfda.ca.
A copy of the Notice of Settlement Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Settlement Hearing, the Respondent carried on business in Eckville, Alberta.
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.