Citation issued: november 10, 2014

Diep Thanh Hoang Nguyen

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 May 2012 and October 2012, in the course of representing PT on a contingency fee retainer, you engaged in conduct intended to conceal the full amount of fees you earned in order to avoid paying income tax on the full fee earned, contrary to Chapter 2, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force by doing one or more of the following:

(a) issuing an account to your client dated September 1, 2012, that included a fictitious $30,000 disbursement identified as “Diep Nguyen credit line Hong Kong agent”;

(b) falsely representing to your client that the $30,000 disbursement was for an agent you hired in Hong Kong to assist with the client’s claim; and

(c) creating a fake cheque in the amount of $30,000 payable to KT in respect of the fictitious disbursement.

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

2. Between July 2013 and February 2014, in the course of the Law Society’s investigation relating to an account you issued to your client, PT, dated September 1, 2012, you represented to the Law Society that the $30,000 disbursement identified in the account related to a disbursement paid to a third party on behalf of your client when you knew that representation was false.

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