British Columbia Securities Commission

British Columbia Securities Commission

June 22, 2011 16:00 ET

BCSC Panel Fines Man $1.9 Million and Bans Him for 20 Years

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) - A BC Securities Commission panel has fined and ordered a 20-year market ban against a man who illegally distributed securities, provided false information to investors and employed boiler room techniques for the purpose of trading securities.

Thomas Joseph Sears and his company, Royal Crown Ventures Group Ltd., raised $1.9 million by distributing shares to 95 investors (including 56 B.C. residents) without being registered and without filing a prospectus.

The panel also found that Sears and Royal Crown made false statements with the intention of trading Royal Crown securities, and that they telephoned residences in B.C. for the purpose of trading securities.

For his misconduct, the panel banned Sears from trading in securities, purchasing securities or exchange contracts, and from becoming or acting as a director or officer of any issuer, registrant, or investment fund manager for 20 years. He is also prohibited, for the same period, from becoming or acting as a registrant, investment fund manager or promoter, from engaging in investor relations activities, and from acting in a management or consultative capacity in connection with the securities market.

The panel also ordered Sears to pay an administrative penalty of $1.9 million, noting that although fraud was not alleged, Sears engaged in an illegal distribution, made misrepresentations in doing so, and profited from his misconduct. In addition, there was no evidence that Royal Crown was a legitimate business enterprise or that investors would recover their investment.

In addition to the orders against Sears, the panel also permanently cease-traded Royal Crown Ventures Group Ltd.

The B.C. Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province. You may view the decision on our website,, by typing Thomas Joseph Sears or 2011 BCSECCOM 289 in the search box. Information regarding disciplinary proceedings can be found in the Enforcement section ( of the BCSC website.

Please visit the Canadian Securities Administrators' Disciplined Persons List ( for information relating to persons disciplined by provincial securities regulators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA).

If you have questions, contact Richard Gilhooley, media relations, 604-899-6713. For public inquiries, call 604 899 6854 or 1 800 373 6393 (toll free).

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  • British Columbia Securities Commission
    Richard Gilhooley
    Media Relations
    604-899-6517 or (Canada) 1-800-373-6393