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Man pleads guilty for illegal use of professional engineer title

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Man pleads guilty for illegal use of professional engineer title

TORONTO — The Ontario Court of Justice has fined a Toronto-area man $15,625 after he pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching the Professional Engineers Act by misrepresenting himself as a professional engineer.

Kevin Kirk Smith used the titles professional engineer and P.Eng. in an employment application and interview for a position as a senior consultant, a position which called for credentials as a professional engineer, states a release issued by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

After being hired, he presented and displayed a forged licence certificate and used the title P.Eng. in internal correspondence and reports issued to clients.

The employer contacted PEO and determined Smith was not licensed as a professional engineer.

The accused subsequently used the titles professional engineer and P.Eng. in another employment application and interview for a position with a PEO certificate of authorization holder, the release indicated. For the duration of his employment, Smith displayed a forged licence certificate at his desk and used the title P.Eng. in email correspondence.

According the release, on Feb. 22, Justice of the Peace Ruby Wong convicted Smith of one count of breaching section 41(1) of the Professional Engineers Act, which prohibits issuing a false licence certificate, and levied a fine of $5,000 for this offence.

Smith was further convicted of three counts of breaching section 40(2)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act, which prohibits use of the titles professional engineer and P.Eng., and levied fines of $2,500 for each offence. Charges also included a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge of $3,125.

Nick Hambleton, associate counsel, regulatory compliance, represented PEO on the case.

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