A northern Ontario paralegal has lost her licence, for engaging in conduct unbecoming a paralegal.
Kimberley Marguerite Roussel had been convicted of fraud. She engaged in professional misconduct by not informing the Law Society of Upper Canada of the charge and the conviction, the Tribunal found. Roussel’s licence is revoked and she was ordered to pay costs of $5,000 to the Law Society.
On November 2, 2012, Roussel pleaded guilty to one count of fraud. Napanee Superior Court found that between May and July, 2009, she “did by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defraud a relative of $17,000 by purporting to invest the monies on his behalf, contrary to subsection 380(1) of the Criminal Code.”
The Licensee did not inform the Law Society of the charges. Napanee’s Assistant Crown Attorney did so, and in August, 2011, the Law Society began an investigation.
Although Roussel’s actions were not related to her role as a licensed paralegal, the hearing panel noted that in Law Society of Upper Canada v. Grmovsek, 2011 ONLSHP 137 (CanLII), 2011 ONLSHP 137, a licensee’s private conduct can lead to a finding of conduct unbecoming.
The decision was released June 23; the hearing panel made its decision Feb. 10.
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