February 23, 2016 12:00 am | Author: investright

The Canadian Securities
Administrators (CSA) today released its 2015 Enforcement

The publication of this
report in advance of Fraud Prevention Month helps Canadians to more easily
identify fraudulent approaches and learn how to avoid them. Several fraud
prevention tools and resources are available on the CSA’s website.  

The CSA’s 2015 Enforcement Report brings into
focus the overall enforcement work done by CSA members against those who breach
Canada’s securities laws. 

Some key elements of the 2015 Enforcement Report:

  • 145
    cases concluded against 233 individuals and 117 companies. These  resulted in:

    • fines and administrative penalties of more
      than $138 million;
    • more than $111 million in restitution,
      compensation and disgorgement; and
    • jail sentences of approximately 10 years
      handed down to 15 individuals for securities law infractions.
  • 108 cases commenced against a total of 165
    individuals and 101 companies.
  • 35 freeze orders issued against a total of 84
    individuals and companies. This prevented the loss of more than $13.5
    million in assets while CSA members completed investigations.
  • Four concluded Criminal Code cases resulting from partnerships between
    securities regulators and law enforcement agencies.
  • Illegal distributions continue to be the most
    common category of wrongdoing, representing 50 per cent of concluded cases
    and 46 per cent of the proceedings commenced, followed by fraud
    representing 19 per cent of concluded cases and 24 per cent of the
    proceedings commenced.

The CSA, the council of
securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, is committed to
staying ahead of emerging misconduct trends and working together to protect
investors. All CSA members play an important role in this shared effort.
Working collaboratively, both among CSA members and with external
organizations, is essential to maintaining fair and efficient capital markets
in Canada.

If you have any questions regarding CSA’s Enforcement Report, please contact BCSC Inquiries at 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 or through e-mail at inquiries@bcsc.bc.ca

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