Bay Roberts lawyer sus­pended from prac­tis­ing law for three months

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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