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MFDA Hearing Panel accepts settlement agreement with Deborah Morra

November 20, 2020 (Toronto, Ontario) – A settlement hearing in the matter of Deborah Morra (“Respondent”) was held by electronic hearing on November 18, 2020 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 accepted the settlement agreement dated August 27, 2020 (“Settlement Agreement”) between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent:

  • a fine in the amount of $11,500;
  • costs in the amount of $2,500;
  • payment of the fine shall be made as follows:
    • $2,300 (Fine) on or before December 31, 2020;
    • $2,300 (Fine) on or before January 29, 2021;
    • $2,300 (Fine) on or before February 26, 2021;
    • $2,300 (Fine) on or before March 31, 2021;
    • 2,300 (Fine) on or before April 30, 2021; and
  • shall in the future comply with MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that:

  1. Between April 11, 2012 and June 11, 2018, the Respondent obtained, possessed and used to process transactions 28 pre-signed account forms in respect of 13 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

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 conducted business in the Nobleton, 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 81,000 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.