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Dec 3 2012 | 11:18am ET
Two years in prison will not satisfy Portus Alternative Asset Management co-founder Michael Mendelsohn's debt to society.
The nearly eight year Portus saga, which featured a C$110 million fraud, a co-founder's fugitive stint in Israel, missing diamonds and two surprise guilty pleas, came to an end when the Ontario Securities Commission fined Mendelsohn C$320,000 for his role in the scam. Mendelsohn received the same amount from Portus in the three months before the OSC shut it down in early 2005.
Mendelsohn is unlikely to pay the restitution; he said in October that he could not afford to settle the case. But OSC Commissioner Edward Kerwin wrote that the regulator must "ensure that he not be permitted to retain any financial benefit from his breaches of the act and in order to send a message to the public that the commission does not permit the retention of any funds derived from the contravention of Ontario securities laws."
Mendelsohn was also barred from trading, fund management and promotion, and serving as a director or officer of a public company.
The OSC said Mendelsohn had "gone a ways down the road of remorse," but "not far enough." Still, the regulator gave him some credit for remorse, cooperation and time behind bars.
Mendelsohn pleaded guilty to fraud in 2007.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
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