IIROC to Hear a Settlement Hearing for Milan Plentai

22-0029
Type: Enforcement Notice> Hearing

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Andrew P. Werbowski
Director, Enforcement Litigation
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Julia Mackenzie
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February 22, 2022 (St. Catharines, Ontario) – A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to consider whether the panel should accept a Settlement Agreement entered into between IIROC staff and Milan Plentai.

The Settlement Agreement relates to a Notice of Hearing that was issued in this matter on April 27, 2021 and would settle proposed allegations that the Respondent violated Dealer Member Rule 43.2(1) and Rule 1400 of IIROC’s Consolidated Enforcement, Examination and Approval Rules by engaging in personal financial dealings with a client, RC, including accepting payments for activities conducted on behalf of the client; relied on a Power of Attorney for Personal Care granted by RC as the basis for conducting activities for RC that went beyond matters of personal care; and failed to take adequate or reasonable steps to ensure that RC, a vulnerable client, had not named him as a beneficiary under RC’s will, either directly or indirectly. 

The hearing is not open to the public, but will become open in the event that the panel accepts the agreement. If the agreement is accepted, the Panel’s decision and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at www.iiroc.ca

Hearing Date: The hearing will be held by way of videoconference on February 28, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Plentai’s conduct in January 2020. The alleged violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the St. Catharines branch of National Bank Financial Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Plentai is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

The Notice of Motion announcing the settlement hearing is available at:

Plentai, Milan – Notice of Motion

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