Kelowna lawyer who misused clients money admits to professional misconduct | iNFOnews

Kelowna lawyer who misused clients money admits to professional misconduct | iNFOnews

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Kelowna lawyer who misused clients money admits to professional misconduct | iNFOnews

Picture Credit history: Facebook: Paule Moore

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April 02, 2022 – 7:00 AM&#13

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A Kelowna lawyer has been discovered to have committed qualified misconduct for misappropriating clients’ funds on numerous situations.&#13

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Kelowna attorney Paule Fiona Seeger, who now goes by Paule Moore, admitted to skilled misconduct for a sequence of situations surrounding the finances of her exercise amongst 2015 and 2018.&#13

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In accordance to a recently posted Mar. 4 Legislation Society of B.C. selection, Seeger established up her Kelowna observe in 2014 ahead of closing it in 2019.&#13

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The decision suggests the observe was “fiscally precarious” and the firm’s financial institution account was typically empty leaving Seeger to count on a line of credit rating.&#13

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In 2018 Seeger hired a bookkeeper and quite a few months later the bookkeeper complained to the Regulation Society alleging financial improprieties at the business.&#13

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In the selection, the bookkeeper says the attorney was “usually” transferring funds from the firm’s have confidence in account to its basic account to deal with expenditures.&#13

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The bookkeeper also reported that whilst Seeger was on vacation in the Caribbean, she left a packet of blank cheques for her to use.&#13

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“The Legislation Culture purchased a forensic accounting investigation of (Seeger’s) follow. The investigation report presented proof of a selection of complications on the financial side of the… observe,” the selection reads.&#13

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Seeger has been registered to practise regulation in B.C. given that 2004 and at the time of the gatherings was enduring severe private challenges, which include a marital breakdown and id theft.

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“The id theft brought about important money concerns for (Seeger),” the choice states.&#13

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On 37 events in between January 2017 and September 2018, Seeger misappropriated or improperly withdrew cash from her firm’s have confidence in account.&#13

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On one particular event, Seeger took $460 from a rely on account devoid of her client’s authorization to do so.&#13

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“An unauthorized use of customer trust cash is misappropriation, no matter of whether or not the volume involved is smaller or large,” the final decision says.&#13

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On a further event, she billed a shopper $1,400 for get the job done she hadn’t completed however.&#13

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“This behaviour produced from the fiscal strain bearing down on (Seeger),” the determination reads. “The ‘pre-billed’ services ranged in benefit from fewer than $200 to approximately $14,000.”&#13

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The selection claims most of the “pre-billed” providers had been eventually performed but factors out that “a law firm is not entitled to monthly bill a shopper for authorized solutions until eventually all those expert services have been performed.”&#13

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According to the decision, on 4 instances, Seeger billed clients at her amount of $300 an hour but then had an articled scholar do the perform but didn’t cost the reduced $200 an hour rate.&#13

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“She concedes that her invoices to the customers have been false or misleading and that, in overall, she overcharged the customers by $1,710,” the conclusion says.&#13

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The Regulation Culture also reprimanded Seeger for not telling them about a $117,097 courtroom judgement in opposition to her from the Canadian Revenue Agency above an unpaid tax bill.&#13

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“The Respondent did not ever – permit by itself straight away – notify the govt director of the unsatisfied judgment or her proposal to satisfy it,” the determination reads.&#13

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In 2018, Seeger refinanced her house to pay out the tax bill.&#13

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What penalty Seeger receives is likely to be determined in the long term.&#13


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