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MFDA Hearing Panel accepts Settlement Agreement with Sofela Sowunmi

TORONTO, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - A Settlement Hearing in the matter of Sofela Kehinde Sowunmi (the "Respondent") was held today 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 ("Settlement Agreement") between Staff of the MFDA ("Staff") and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the Respondent:

  • has paid a fine of $2,000;
  • has paid $1,000 in costs; and
  • shall in future comply with MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that from July 2009 to October 2010, he obtained and used 14 blank or partially completed pre-signed forms to process 9 transactions for 4 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 carried on business in Mississauga, Ontario.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 111 Members and their approximately 80,000 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.

SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada

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