Bay Roberts lawyer suspended from practising law for three months
Bay Roberts lawyer Doug Moores has been suspended from practising law by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador for three months.
An adjudication tribunal of the society’s disciplinary panel, following a hearing, found Moores guilty of “conduct deserving of sanction.”
Moores pleaded guilty to allegations concerning his role in 11 real estate transactions in which there were indicators of potential mortgage fraud.
According to a notice published by the society last week in The Compass and The Telegram, the complaint did not allege that Moores knowingly participated in assisting for facilitating mortgage fraud by others.
The misconduct arose from the degree by which Moores delegated responsibility for the real estate transactions to his legal assistants, and associated with that, his failure to ensure that he retained and properly exercised responsibility when requests were made for credits against the purchase prices of the properties.
The tribunal ordered that Moores’ suspension begin Oct. 19; that for two years after the expiry of the suspension the society’s executive director can order audits of the real estate files of Moores at any time; and that Moores pay costs in the amount of $40,000 plus HST, to be paid prior to Moores resuming practising law.
Moores did not respond to requests for an interview.
Ernie Mugford (right) of Clarke’s Beach is seen accepting the CBDC Trinity Conception Business Distinction Award from Tony Smith, the newly elected chair of the CBDC Trinity Conception board of directors. Smith is a resident of Bay Roberts.