Former Pitt Meadows mayor John Becker. (THE NEWS/files)

Former Pitt Meadows mayor John Becker. (THE NEWS/files)

New citations against former Pitt Meadows mayor by Law Society of B.C.

New allegations of professional misconduct by John Becker

Former Pitt Meadows mayor John Becker faces two additional citations issued by the Law Society of B.C., both alleging professional misconduct.

Citations are authorized by the law society’s discipline committee. They are a list of allegations against a lawyer to be considered at a discipline hearing. The allegations are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

One citation, posted Feb. 5, says the law society will inquire into allegations that, between approximately November 2017 and Jan. 2018, when departing from a former employer, Becker failed to provide some or all of 199 clients “with the quality of service required of a competent lawyer by:

• removing the client’s corporate records from his former employer without their knowledge, instructions or consent;

• changing the client’s registered and records offices without their knowledge, instructions or consent;

• and failing to provide the clients with complete and accurate relevant information about the location of their corporate records.

“This conduct constitutes professional misconduct …” says the citation.

A second allegation, involving some or all of the 199 clients, says between approximately November and December 2017, “you failed to conduct yourself with integrity, honesty and candour by causing misleading correspondence … to be sent to the clients.”

The other citation, also issued on Feb. 5, alleges professional misconduct that occurred between November 2015 and July 2016, when he sent letters “which you knew or ought to have known contained untruthful or misleading information about you and Becker & Company’s trade-mark agent status …”

It alleges in between March and October 2016, in the course of an investigation into complaints against Becker, “you failed to respond fully and substantially to the Law Society of British Columbia, or you made representations to the LSBC that you knew or ought to have known were false or misleading …”

He is alleged to have stated, in a letter to the society dated March 16, 2016: “Becker and Company is qualified to handle trademark files and retains the appropriate certifications when he knew or ought to have known they did not have the appropriate certifications.”

He is also alleged to have stated his trademark registration was being renewed, and then in an April 22, 2016 letter that he was “in the process of renewing” his trademark agent status when he knew or ought to have known he had not yet submitted the applications, says the citation.

The law society also issued a citation about Becker on Sept. 25, with allegations that he “misappropriated or improperly withdrew or authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds … ” It also includes allegations of failure to deliver a bill and use of pre-signed trust cheques.

“As these matters are ongoing, I have limited ability to comment on specifics,” Becker said of the most recent citations.

“The law society has an obligation to investigate these allegations no matter how baseless I feel they may be. I look forward to finally having these allegations refuted through testimony under oath and cross-examination.”

Becker added that the citations are having a negative effect on his family, co-workers and business.

There are no hearing dates listed on the Law Society’s discipline hearings calendar for Becker.

Becker was voted out of office after one term as mayor in October 2018. He served for nine years as a councillor beginning in 2002.

The range of possible sanctions for a lawyer who has committed a discipline violation may include a reprimand, a fine up to $50,000, suspension or disbarment.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Wes Barker, second from left, with fellow Big Trick Energy show performers on “Ellen,” in video posted to youtube.com.
VIDEO: On ‘Ellen,’ former Langley man works magic with new ‘Big Trick Energy’ gang

A decade ago, Wes Barker quit his job with the City of Surrey to do magic professionally

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020.   THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More Langley-area business closed due to COVID-19

Any business with three or more cases among employees can be closed

Vancouver Giants victorious over the Royals in Kamloops Thursday, April 15. The G-Men won, 4-0. (Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Giants young goalie shutouts Victoria, 4-0

The Langley-based WHL team earn another victory over the Royals Thursday in Kamloops

Critter Care’s first ever 50/50 winner is Kim Madill, who took home $28,852.50. (Critter Care/Special to The Star)
Winner takes home $28,852.50 through Critter Care’s first virtual 50/50

Kim Madill instantly donated part of the funds to the Langley-based wildlife society

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is moving forward on efforts to help citizens of Hong Kong remain in Canada rather than have to return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Painful Truth: Canada’s immigration hopes may not be enough in post-COVID world

In a world of declining birth rates and rising wealth, where do new Canadians come from?

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Nick Warmerdam and his dog Diesel are inviting locals to check out the Lakeland Farm U-pick Flower Farm this spring. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s Lakeland Flowers opens for spring

Tulip farm attraction opened on April 14, open to the public daily seven days a week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

The female driver of this Jeep Grand Cherokee (right) was driving erratically with a young child inside on Highway 1 eastbound. After hitting a barrier and a parked car, she finally exited the highway at Yale Road West and came to a stop. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Video captures woman driving erratically with child after hitting barrier, car on Hwy 1 in Chilliwack

Smoke seen coming from SUV as it continues to travel eastbound of shoulder of highway

Former Pitt Meadows city councillor David Murray was convicted of sex assault, and is now being sued by the victim. (files)
Former Pitt Meadows city councillor sued for sex assault

David Murray was convicted in 2017 of sexually assaulting a teen 25 years earlier

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

Most Read