MFDA Hearing Panel approves settlement agreement with Stephanie Ho
February 9, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – A settlement hearing in the matter of Stephanie See-Wing Ho (“Respondent”) was held on February 5, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario before a three-member Hearing Panel of the Central Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”).
The Hearing Panel approved the settlement agreement dated December 20, 2017 (“Settlement Agreement”) between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent:
- a prohibition from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with any Member of the MFDA for a period of three months;
- a fine in the amount of $10,000;
- costs in the amount of $5,000; and
- shall in the future comply with Rule 1.3 and the policies of any Member with whom she is registered if she becomes an Approved Person again in the future.
In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that between November 2013 and June 2015, she engaged in outside business activities by among other things, serving as a director of a mortgage investment corporation (“MIC”) and by opening a bank account for MIC without obtaining prior approval from the Member to engage in such conduct, contrary to former MFDA Rule 1.2.1(c) and the policies and procedures of the Member.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent carried on business in Toronto, Ontario.
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