Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: November 10, 2020

Hong Guo

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 May 27 and 30, 2019, you withdrew $680,000 from a bank account held by M Inc. and deposited this money into a bank account held by you when you knew or ought to have known that:

(a)  your status as a director of M Inc. was revoked in approximately September 2017; and

(b)  in approximately February 2018, you were removed as an authorized signing authority from M Inc.’s bank account.

This conduct constitutes conduct unbecoming the profession, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

2.  Between approximately October 2019 and August 2020, in the course of an investigation into your conduct, you made representations to the Law Society that you knew or ought to have known were false or inaccurate, or both, contrary to one or more of Rule 3-5(7) of the Law Society Rules and rules 2.2-1 and 7.1-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia. In particular, you made one or more of the following representations:

(a)  you did not know when you were removed as a director of M Inc.;

(b)  you did not know when you were removed as a signing authority on M Inc.'s bank account; and

(c)  you were never removed as a signing authority on M Inc.'s bank account.

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