Montréal - On September 24, 2013, Justice of the Peace Danielle Michaud of the Court of Québec for the district of Joliette fined Kenneth Battah, Julien McDuff and the Ontario company Synergy Group (2000) Inc. a total of $144,000. They had been found guilty in July 2013 of various offences relating to illegal distributions.
Kenneth Battah was fined a minimum amount of $42,000 for acting as a securities dealer without being registered as such with the Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") (seven counts) and for aiding Synergy Group (2000) Inc. with distributing a form of investment (seven counts).
Julien McDuff was fined a total of $12,000, which is double the minimum fine set by law. He was found guilty of two charges of acting as a securities dealer without being registered as such (one count) and for aiding Synergy Group (2000) Inc. with distributing a form of investment (one count).
Lastly, Synergy Group (2000) Inc. was fined double the minimum penalty, namely, $90,000. It was found guilty of nine charges of distributing investment contracts without a prospectus approved by the AMF.
The Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.
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