BC court denies former investment advisor's wrongful dismissal claim
In the course of discussions via email and phone, Ogilvie asked for more details to clarify what a move to Harbourfront would entail, and told Movassaghi that she would be transferring to another condominium. She said she did not want to clarify her intention to terminate their relationship until she had a “black and white reason” to do so and they had a chance for a face-to-face meeting.
In one email Ogilvie sent to his associate, Kindle Blythe, she indicated she would be “happy to sign” documents and had attached a copy of her driver’s license. While she agreed that the email was misleading, she said she had only wanted Movassaghi to leave her alone as she was about to go on a month-long trip out of the country. She did not intend to sign any documents, and her email did not give anyone permission to sign for her.
The day before Ogilvie was set to return, Movassaghi forged her signature on several forms to liquidate her accounts at his former firm, and transfer them to Harbourfront. He testified that he needed to liquidate her investments quickly as she was invested in a precious-metals mutual fund that was losing value, and she had told him that she would need half her money to purchase property.
Nearly three weeks passed before Ogilvie found out that her investments had been transferred to Harbourfront. After more than a week spent determining that her signature must have been forged, she sent a complaint email to Harbourfront and looped in several regulators.
The firm launched an internal investigation, during which Movassaghi admitted the forgery. He was terminated on September 2, 2016.