IIROC Begins Disciplinary Action Against Former Newfoundland and Labrador Investment Advisor Joan McCarthy

Type: Registration Review Hearing> Hearing
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Claudyne Bienvenu
Vice-President, Québec and Atlantic
Evelyn Tchakarov
Public Affairs Specialist

April 30, 2021 (St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) – An appearance has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) for the purpose of setting a date for the disciplinary hearing in the matter of Joan McCarthy.

The hearing concerns allegations that:

  1. Between 2006 and 2019, Mrs. McCarthy falsified signatures and appropriated funds from her clients’ accounts, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.1 and Rule 1400 of the Consolidated Rules (after September 1, 2016); and
  2. Mrs. McCarthy failed to cooperate with an IIROC investigation by refusing to provide documents and failing to attend an interview with Enforcement Staff, contrary to section 8104 of the Consolidated Rules.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mrs. McCarthy’s conduct in June 2019. The alleged violations occurred while she was a Registered Representative with the St.John’s branch of MD Management Ltd., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mrs. McCarthy is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

The set date appearance is open to the public, unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise. Members of the public who wish to attend must contact IIROC’s National Hearing Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

Set Date Appearance: The Set Date Appearance will take place by videoconference on July 15, 2021, at 10:00 am (NDT).

The Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations which sets out the allegations is available at:
McCarthy, Joan – Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings – including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels – are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

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IIROC is the pan-Canadian self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada’s debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of 175 Canadian investment dealer firms, and their more than 30,000 registered employees, the majority of whom are commonly referred to as investment advisors. IIROC also sets and enforces market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian debt and equity marketplaces.

IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges of membership for individuals and firms.

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