Notice of suspension of the certificate
of Mr. Bruce Lemieux
NOTICE is hereby given that Mr. Bruce Lemieux, chartered real estate broker, operating under the name Inter-Finances Lemieux (certificate No. C2702), whose establishment is located at 818 chemin Doherty in L’Ange-Gardien, while he was successively chartered real estate agent employed by or authorized to act on behalf of Services immobiliers Royal LePage Ltée/Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., 9107-1142 QUÉBEC inc., operating under the name Royal LePage Vallées de l’Outaouais, 3942414 CANADA inc., operating under the name Avantage Immobilier and chartered real estate broker operating under the name Inter-Finances Lemieux, has been found guilty by the Discipline Committee of the Association des courtiers et agents immobiliers du Québec of the offences summarized below:
1st count: From November 2001 to February 2002, participating in acts or in practices in real estate matters which may be illegal or which may cause prejudice to the public or to the profession, namely by signing four forms as witness to the signature of a client whereas such signature was not that of the client, contrary to sections 1, 13 and 35 of the Rules of Professional Ethics of the ACAIQ.
2nd count:In Hull, on or around May 19, 2003 and February 18, 2004, failing to collaborate and misrepresenting information during an investigation conducted by an assistant syndic, namely by stating that he had witnessed the signing of four forms by a client, contrary to sections 54 and 55 of the Rules of Professional Ethics of the ACAIQ.
3rd count: Between February 2001 and March 2002, committing acts that are derogatory to the honour and the dignity of the profession, participating in acts or in practices in real estate matters which may be illegal or which may cause prejudice to the public or to the profession, failing to provide fair treatment to all parties to a transaction, abusing the good faith of other members and using unfair practices against such members, namely by participating in fraudulent practices aimed at making a profit on the sale of immovables not yet acquired, i.e. by:
i) soliciting visits from agents without revealing that he would not have visitors draft and sign promises to purchase;
ii) soliciting visits from agents without revealing that the visitors’ transaction proposals were not meant for the seller contemporary to their visit, but rather for a third party;
iii) having prospective buyers visit immovables without revealing to them the identity of the seller contemporary to their visit or this seller’s asking price;
iv) hiding from visitors who expressed an interest in acquiring an immovable the fact that the respondent was to collaborate in the acquisition of this immovable by a third party;
v) referring visitors who expressed an interest in acquiring an immovable back to the individuals who had asked him to show them the property, whereas he knew that these individuals would have them sign promises to purchase meant to be accepted by a seller who was not the seller contemporary to these visits;
before and on the occasion of eight visits, contrary to sections 1, 13, 24, 35 and 43 of the Rules of Professional Ethics of the ACAIQ.
4th count: In Hull, on or around May 19, 2003, and in Buckingham, on or around February 18, 2004, failing to collaborate and misrepresenting information during an investigation conducted by an assistant syndic, namely regarding the presence of certain persons during the visits, contrary to sections 54 and 55 of the Rules of Professional Ethics of the ACAIQ.
On January 13, 2005, the Discipline Committee ordered the suspension of Mr. Bruce Lemieux’s certificate for a period of five years on the 1st count, ten years on the 2nd count, ten years on the 3rd count and five years on the 4th count, to be served consecutively.
The decision of the Discipline Committee being binding from the date of service, the real estate broker certificate of Mr. Bruce Lemieux is suspended for a period of 30 years as of January 25, 2005.
This notice is given in accordance with section 137 of the Real Estate Brokerage Act (R.S.Q., c. C-73.1).
Longueuil, Borough of Brossard, February 22, 2005
Discipline Committee Secretary