After sifting through piles of faked documents mostly amassed over the course of several years operating as a paralegal, a Law Society Tribunal finally stripped a Cambridge man of his licence on Jan 24.
As a result of the recent decision, paralegal Jose Fernando Garcia Machado was booted from the Law Society of Ontario and found to be liable for professional misconduct.
Machado’s penchant for fakery started in 2013, when the LSO alleges he began making false statements to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Throughout the following year, Machado is believed to have faked WSIB claims for several clients during his time as a paralegal.
Once LSO investigators started to catch on to what was transpiring, Machado attempted to mislead the Law Society by producing even more fake documentation. He also denied having misled the WSIB.
“(Machado) failed to report as soon as reasonably practicable to the Law Society...that he was charged, on or about 17 February 2015, with sixteen offences, more or less, alleging dishonesty in relation to his provision of legal services, contrary to the WSIA.”
In addition from being stripped of his licence, Machado is ordered to pay $10,000 to the Law Society by April 2018.
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