BCSC returns more than $131,000 to fraud victims
Vancouver – The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has ordered that $131,781, plus interest, be paid to several investors for losses incurred from a fraudulent investment scheme.
Michael Shantz and his company, Canadian Pacific Consulting (CPC), were found by a BCSC panel to have committed fraud by soliciting German and Swiss residents to open trading accounts with CPC. Shantz and CPC, which maintained a fake office in Vancouver, falsely claimed that they would conduct gold futures or foreign exchange trading on behalf of these individuals. Shantz and CPC were not registered to engage in trading.
In May 2012, the panel ordered Shantz and CPC to pay the BCSC $1.53 million under section 161(1)(g) of the Securities Act, representing the amount obtained as a result of the illegal activity. It also ordered Shantz to pay an administrative penalty of $630,000 and permanently banned him from B.C.’s capital markets.
Under the Securities Act, the BCSC must make available the money it receives from a section 161(1)(g) order to investors who lost money in that case. Six claims, totaling $755,596, were submitted to the BCSC related to Shantz’s and CPC’s illegal activity. The BCSC had recovered $131,781, and it is unclear if any more money can be collected.
The BCSC panel ordered that the recovered funds be distributed on a pro-rated basis to the six claimants, based on how much each person invested, less any money received from CPC. The size of the payments, excluding interest, range from $2,477 to $106,615, plus an additional pro-rated amount to each claimant from the accumulated interest.
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