Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: June 14, 2019

Kenseelan Gounden

Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

Nature of conduct to be inquired into:

1.  Between approximately June 25, 2017 and July 9, 2018, in the course of your employment as chief executive officer of B.C. Courthouse Libraries Society (“CLBC”), you:

(a)  misappropriated from CLBC some or all of $3,524.99 to which you were not entitled; and

(b)  submitted claims on 27 CLBC expense reimbursement claim forms, one or more of which you knew or ought to have known were either falsified to claim more than you had paid for those expenses or did not relate to CLBC business, or both. The particulars are set out in Schedule A.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a lawyer pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

2.  On or around June 22, 2018, in the course of your employment as chief executive officer of B.C. Courthouse Libraries Society (“CLBC”), you:

(a)  misappropriated from CLBC some or all of $792.03 to which you were not entitled; and

(b)  submitted claims on an expense reimbursement claim form dated June 22, 2018, one or more of which you knew or ought to have known were previously submitted to the Canadian Avalanche Association for reimbursement and which did not relate to CLBC business, and in some cases were falsified. The particulars are set out in Schedule B.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a lawyer pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

 

SCHEDULE “A”

Tab

Date of Expense Reimbursement Claim Form      

Date of Claimed Expense                                    

Nature of Claimed Expense

Amount of Claimed Expense

 

1.       

June 25, 2017

June 16, 2017

Parking

$   7.00

 

 

July 2, 2017

Mileage

$ 46.98

 

 

July 7, 2017

Parking

$   7.00

 

2.       

June 25, 2017

July 29, 2017

Meal

$ 27.72

 

 

July 28, 2017

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

July 28, 2017

Mileage

$ 51.84

 

 

August 1, 2017

Mileage

$ 49.68

 

3.       

August 21, 2017

August 11, 2017

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

August 14, 2017

Meal

$ 26.35

 

 

August 30, 2017

Air Fare

$145.03 *

 

4.       

September 27, 2017

September 15, 2017

Mileage

$ 82.08

 

 

September 22, 2017

Mileage

$ 69.66

 

5.       

November 7, 2017

October 4, 2017

Mileage

$ 10.80

 

 

October 4, 2017

Parking

$   4.00

 

 

November 3, 2017

Parking

$ 10.50

 

6.       

November 8, 2017

September 27, 2017

Meal

$   8.39

 

 

September 29, 2017

Meal

$ 21.90

 

 

October 5, 2017

Meal

$ 12.37

 

 

October 6, 2017

Meal

$   4.19

 

 

October 13, 2017

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

October 13, 2017

Meal

$ 12.11

 

 

October 16, 2017

Meal

$ 19.37

 

7.       

December 5, 2017

October 27, 2017

Meal

$ 47.43

 

 

November 3, 2017

Meal

$   9.40

 

 

November 6, 2017

Meal

$   9.40

 

 

November 7, 2017

Meal

$   2.05

 

 

November 7. 2017

Meal

$   9.14

 

 

November 7, 2019

Meal

$   9.87

 

 

November 12, 2017

Meal

$   6.51

 

8.       

December 6, 2017

                                    

 

 

 

October 5, 2017

Mileage

$     9.72

 

 

October 5, 2017

Meal

$     4.19

 

 

October 10, 2017

Mileage

$ 19.44

 

 

October 13, 2017

Mileage

$ 10.80

 

 

November 10, 2017

Parking

$   8.00

 

 

November 10, 2017

Mileage

$   8.64

 

 

November 15, 2017

Air Fare

$221.68 *

 

 

November 15, 2017

Air Fare

$260.53 *

 

 

November 17, 2017

Mileage

$137.16

 

 

November 24, 2017

Meal

$ 25.07

 

 

November 25, 2017

Taxi

$ 25.00

 

9.       

December 14, 2017

December 12, 2017

Air Fare

$271.16 *

 

10.   

January 4, 2018

November 24, 2017

Mileage

$ 45.90

 

 

December 27, 2017

Mileage

$   8.64

 

 

January 5, 2018

Mileage

$ 75.60

 

 

January 8, 2018

Mileage

$ 48.60

 

11.   

January 5, 2018

November 21, 2017

Meal

$ 20.40

 

 

November 25, 2017

Travel

$ 11.13

 

 

 

 

November 26, 2017

Meal

$   9.60

 

 

November 27, 2017

BC Ferries

$ 57.70

 

 

November 27, 2017

Meal

$   7.54

 

 

November 27, 2017

Retreat

$ 57.50

 

 

November 30, 2017

Parking

$ 13.00

 

 

December 1, 2017

Parking

$   6.00

 

 

December 8, 2017

Parking

$   9.00

 

 

December 14, 2017

Meal

$ 45.59

 

12.   

January 17, 2018

December 22, 2017

Meal

$ 47.96

 

 

December 29, 2017

Meal

$ 25.36

 

 

December 29, 2017

Meal

$ 40.99

 

13.   

February 6, 2018

 

January 10, 2018

Mileage

$ 23.76

 

 

January 24, 2017

Mileage

$ 10.80

 

 

January 24, 2018

Mileage

$   6.48

 

14.   

February 6, 2018

January 12, 2018

Meal

$   7.04

 

 

January 18, 2018

Meal

$ 28.98

 

 

 

January 18, 2018

Parking

$ 12.00

 

15.   

February 28, 2018

February 2, 2018

Parking

$   9.00

 

 

February 9, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

16.   

March 1, 2018

February 2, 2018

Taxi

$ 12.00

 

 

February 17, 2018

Meal

$ 48.00

 

17.   

March 1, 2018

February 17, 2018

Taxi

$ 10.70

 

 

February 17, 2018

Taxi

$ 10.00

 

 

February 17, 2018

Meal

$ 17.48

 

18.   

March 22, 2018

February 9, 2018

Mileage

$   7.56

 

 

February 23, 2018

Mileage

$   7.56

 

 

March 2, 2018

Mileage

$   7.56

 

 

March 5, 2018

Mileage

$ 11.88

 

 

March 10, 2018

Hotel

$ 756.26 *

 

 

March 11, 2018

Air Fare

$1,267.01 *

 

 

March 15, 2018

Mileage

$ 81.00

 

 

March 16, 2018

Mileage

$   7.56

 

19.   

March 25, 2018

February 21, 2018

Taxi

$ 11.00

 

 

February 23, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

February 26, 2018

Meal

$   5.25

 

 

February 28, 2018

Meal

$ 37.30

 

 

March 2, 2018

Parking

$   6.00

 

 

 

                                    

March 7, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

March 8, 2018

Meal

$   6.30

 

 

March 8, 2018

Meal

$ 69.34

 

20.   

March 26, 2018

March 9, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

March 9, 2018

Meal

$ 27.12

 

 

March 16, 2018

Parking

$ 14.00

 

 

March 19, 2018

Meal

$ 8.14

 

21.   

April 23, 2018

March 21, 2018

Meal

$ 37.13

 

 

March 21, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

March 30, 2018

Meal

$   7.06

 

 

April 5, 2018

Parking

$   8.00

 

 

April 19, 2018

Parking

$ 14.00

 

22.   

April 24, 2018

March 28, 2018

Mileage

$ 48.60

 

 

April 4, 2018

Mileage

$ 40.50

 

 

April 5, 2018

Mileage

$   5.40

 

 

April 19, 2018

Mileage

$   4.32

 

 

April 20, 2018

Mileage

$   5.40

 

 

April 20, 2018

Mileage

$113.40

 

 

April 23, 2018

Mileage

$   7.56

 

23.   

May 10, 2018

 

 

 

May 4, 2018

Mileage

$   5.40

 

 

May 5, 2018

Mileage

$ 11.88

 

 

May 7, 2018

Mileage

$ 75.60

 

 

May 10, 2018

Mileage

$   4.32

 

 

May 10, 2018

Mileage

$ 11.88

 

24.   

June 6, 2018

April 20, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

April 22, 2018

Meal

$   7.56

 

 

April 27, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

May 6, 2018

Meal

$   6.83

 

 

May 11, 2018

Parking

$   8.00

 

25.   

June 6, 2018

May 18, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

26.   

June 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Meal

$ 22.35

 

 

May 31, 2018

Parking

$ 14.00

 

 

June 15, 2018

Airbnb

$200.26 *

 

27.   

July 9, 2018

June 28, 2018

Meal

$ 12.71

 

 

June 29, 2018

Parking

$ 10.00

 

 

 

 

*Denotes alteration of receipt

 

  

SCHEDULE “B”

Tab

Date of Claimed Expense                                    

Nature of Claimed Expense

Amount of Claimed Expense

1.       

May 23, 2018

Air Canada flight

$ 400.31

2.       

June 14, 2018

Meal (lunch in Calgary)

$   12.17

3.       

June 14, 2018

Meal (dinner in Calgary)

$   32.90

4.       

June 14, 2018

Hotel

$ 148.11

5.       

June 15, 2018

Meal (breakfast in Calgary)

$   16.07

6.       

June 15, 2018

Meal (dinner in Calgary)

$   39.40

7.       

June 15, 2018

Fuel (car rental)

$   22.47

8.       

June 15, 2018

Car rental

$ 120.60