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Disciplinary matters

Disciplinary matters

BREACH OF EXAMINATION AND/OR ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS

Ms Laura Howard – Be Wiser Insurance Services Ltd., Andover, Hampshire

The assessment candidate admitted to having collaborated with other candidates on the P05 continuous assessment assignment and plagiarised the P05 continuous assessment assignment of another candidate. The CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2013. The respondent failed to respond and the case examiner was satisfied to proceed to determine the matter under Disciplinary Procedure rule 7.1(b). The following sanctions were imposed on the respondent: a) be reprimanded (Reg 12.6a); b) take and complete the CII on line ethics course before attempting to book any further CII examinations or assessments, apply for any CII recognition of prior learning or submitting an application to join the CII (Reg 12.6d); c) have a record of this matter be added to the CII’s disciplinary records. (Reg 12.6f); d) have the P05 examination result and continuous assessment result disallowed (Reg 12.6k); e) be excluded for a period of 18 months from the examinations or assessments held by the Institute with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6l); f) be excluded for a period of 18 months from applying for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6p); and g) no examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the period of exclusion will be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from the date of the order (Reg 12.6p).

Ms Holly Ruddick – Be Wiser Insurance Services Ltd., Andover, Hampshire

The assessment candidate admitted to having given access to and collaborated with other candidates on the P05 continuous assessment assignment and plagiarised the P05 continuous assessment assignment of another candidate. The CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2013. The respondent failed to respond and the case examiner was satisfied to proceed to determine the matter under disciplinary procedure rule 7.1(b). The following sanctions were imposed on the respondent: a) be reprimanded (Reg 12.6a); b) take and complete the CII on line ethics course before attempting to book any further CII examinations, enrol on any assessments or apply for any CII recognition of prior learning or CII membership (Reg 12.6d); c) have a record of this matter be added to the CII’s disciplinary records (Reg 12.6f); d) have the P05 continuous assessment result disallowed (Reg 12.6k); e) be excluded for a period of 18 months from the examinations or assessments held by the Institute with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6l); f) be excluded for a period of 18 months from applying for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6p); and g) no examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the period of exclusion will be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from the date of the Order (Reg 12.6p).

Ms Lonna Baah – Be Wiser Insurance Services Ltd., Andover, Hampshire

The assessment candidate was found to have given access to and collaborated with other candidates on the P05 continuous assessment assignment and plagiarised the P05 continuous assessment assignment of another candidate. The CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2013. The respondent failed to respond and the case examiner was satisfied to proceed to determine the matter under Disciplinary Procedure Rule 7.1(b). The following sanctions were imposed on the respondent: a) be reprimanded (Reg 12.6a); b) Take and complete the CII on line ethics course before attempting to book any further CII examinations or assessments, apply for any CII recognition of prior learning or submitting an application to join the CII (Reg 12.6d); c) have a record of this matter be added to the CII’s disciplinary records. (Reg 12.6f); d) have the P05 examination result and continuous assessment result disallowed (Reg 12.6k); e) be excluded for a period of 24 months from the examinations or assessments held by the Institute with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6l); f) be excluded for a period of 24 months from applying for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from 1 January 2017 (Reg 12.6p); and g) no examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the period of exclusion will be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from the date of the order (Reg 12.6p).

Mr Sheriff Abudu – Accra, Ghana

The assessment candidate was found to have plagiarised content from websites for his coursework assignments for Units 530 and 990 in breach of the Coursework Assessment Guidelines. The CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a Consensual Order under Rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2013. Since the respondent did not to do so within a reasonable period of time, the case examiner was satisfied to proceed to determine the matter under Disciplinary Procedure Rule 7.1(b). The following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent: a) be reprimanded (Reg 12.6a); b) take and complete the CII on line ethics course before attempting to apply to book any further CII examinations, enrol on any assessments, apply for any CII recognition of prior learning or apply for membership of the CII (Reg 12.6d); c) have a record of this matter be added to the CII’s disciplinary records. (Reg 12.6f); d) have the 530 and 990 assignment results disallowed (Reg 12.6k); e) be excluded for a period of 18 months from the examinations or assessments held by the Institute with effect from 1 July 2017 (Reg 12.6l); f) be excluded for a period of 18 months from applying for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from 1 July 2017 (Reg 12.6p); and g) no examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the period of the exclusion will be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from the date of the order (Reg 12.6p).

Huda Fahad Alharbi, Marsh & NcLennan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The coursework assessment candidate was found to have plagiarised a 960 coursework assignment written by another candidate, in breach of the Coursework Assessment Guidelines. The CII case examiner, invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2015, to which the respondent agreed, and which was signed on 20 February 2018. The sanctions issued were that the respondent: a) be reprimanded (DR 12.6a); b) have the 960 coursework assessment assignments 1, 2 and 3 results disallowed (Reg 12.6); c) be excluded from CII examinations and assessments for 21 months (with effect from 8 September 2017) (Reg 12.6l) and would have to take the CII on-line ethics course before taking any CII exams and assessments or applying for recognition of prior learning in future or applying to renew membership of the CII (Reg 12.6d); and d) would not be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning for examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the Respondent during the 21 months’ period of exclusion (Reg 12.6p).

Ali Akbar, Nanakwara, Karachi, Pakistan

The coursework assessment candidate was found to have plagiarised a M05 coursework assessment assignment written by another candidate, in breach of the Mixed Assessment Candidate Guidelines. The CII case examiner, invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2015, to which the respondent agreed, and which was signed on 20 February 2018. The sanctions issued were that the respondent: a) be reprimanded (DR 12.6a); b) had his assignment result disallowed (Reg 12.6); c) be excluded from CII examinations and assessments for 27 months (with effect from 7 November 2016) (Reg 12.6l) and would have to take the CII on-line ethics course before taking any CII exams and assessments or applying for recognition of prior learning in future or applying to renew membership of the CII (Reg 12.6d); d) would not be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning for examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the 27 month period of exclusion (Reg 12.6p).

BREACH OF THE CII CODE OF ETHICS

Michael Philip Pearse, of Fulford, York, North Yorkshire

The respondent was convicted of fraud by engaging in acts of false accounting, which
is a breach of the CII Code of Ethics. The CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2015, to which the respondent agreed, and which came into effect on 13 March 2018. The sanctions imposed were that the respondent was (a) reprimanded, (b) required to take the CII on-line ethics course before taking any CII exams or assessments or apply for any CII recognition of prior learning or re-join as a member; and (c) ineligible from membership of the CII/PFS for a period of 2 ½ years.

John Maurice Pye of Waterstone Investment Associates, Advanced Tower, 1st Floor, Ricardo Arias Street, Panama

The respondent was found to have breached the CII Code of Ethics through his repeated misuse of CII intellectual property and failure to co-operate with the CII during its investigation. In view of the seriousness of Mr Pye’s conduct, the CII case examiner invited the respondent to approve and sign a consensual order under rule 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2015, to which the respondent agreed, and which came into effect on 9 March 2018. The sanctions imposed were that the respondent was (a) reprimanded, (b) required to take the CII on-line ethics course before taking any CII exams or assessments or apply for any CII recognition of prior learning; and (c) suspended from membership of the CII/PFS for a period of 2 years.

“To date, the CII has dealt with 5 instances of non-members using CII designations for 2018. As this is an infringement of CII’s trademarks, where people persist in misusing CII designations, legal action will be taken against them”.

TAKE NOTE

Where the disciplinary panel or case examiner has decided to publish details of a disciplinary case ascribed (ie where an individual has been named), every care has been taken to identify members correctly. Please contact the CII if there is any doubt about the identity of a member who may have been the subject of disciplinary proceedings and in relation to whom a report has been published.

The CII wishes to make clear that, unless the case reported indicates otherwise, allegations and findings against members do not implicate those members’ employers in any way

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