The case of a recently deceased mortgage broker who is accused of committing fraud may trigger a shift among broker networks when it comes to allowing its brokers to operate independent MICs.
Tammy Robinson, a former Ontario mortgage broker with Dominion lending Centres, is accused of mismanaging mortgage investments attained independently and not through her broker network. Still, network head Gary Mauris
was questioned by the media regarding the affiliation by local news outlet Northumberland News.
“None of these transactions were done on Dominion Lending Centre documentation and none of the funds were made payable to Dominion Lending Centres
Canada,” Gary Mauris of Dominion Lending Centres told Northumberlandnews.com. “These were unsecured investments of a personal nature that the clients chose to partake in directly with Ms. Robinson.”
Brokers came to the defense of Canada’s largest network, realizing it is a case of a broker acting completely independently.
“It would not matter if this case was about someone associated with DLC
or TMAC or Centum or any other firm,” Ron Butler
of Verico Butler Mortgage said in the comments section of MortgageBrokerNews.ca. “These stories (and there is a variation on the same theme every quarter somewhere in Canada) represent individuals who may make wrong decisions and bad mistakes that have nothing to do with their networks.”
However, one of the men allegedly defrauded by Robinson doesn’t see it that way, which may lead to broker networks more tightly policing its brokers’ side businesses.
“She never disclosed it ran as a franchise or what she was doing was on the side,” Michael McArthur told Northumberlandnews.com. “I just assumed. And others did as well.”
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