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‘Red flags’ for money laundering raised in B.C. misconduct findings on honorary consul for Ukraine

A lawyer who also serves as the honorary consul for Ukraine in Vancouver committed professional misconduct when he helped complete 15 real estate deals referred to him by a convicted drug trafficker, the Law Society of B.C. Tribunal has found.

Lubomir (Mir) Ihor Huculak failed to make reasonable inquiries about the legitimacy of those deals, even though they “were replete with objectively suspicious red flags” for money laundering, Jamie Maclaren wrote on behalf of a law society hearing panel in a decision on Aug. 5.

“As senior counsel with extensive experience in criminal and real estate law, the respondent either knew that some of the circumstances surrounding the transactions were suspicious, or he was reckless or willfully blind to them,” Maclaren wrote.

“Whichever the case, he failed to be on guard against becoming the tool of unscrupulous persons and he failed to carry out his…

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