Canada: Law society sues disbarred lawyer for more than $2M over alleged misappropriation

Paul Hesse allegedly misappropriated immigration clients’ trust funds Reports CBC..

The Law Society of Manitoba is suing disbarred lawyer Paul Hesse to recover payments the society made to his clients who lost money after making investments through Hesse.

In a Nov. 17 lawsuit filed in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the law society seeks to recover payments totalling more than $2 million from Hesse on behalf of 15 clients who did business with him.

“The purpose of the lawsuit is to attempt to recover from Mr. Hesse, to recover for the reimbursement fund, the money that has been paid out to individual claimants,” William Gange,┬áthe law society’s lawyer, told CBC News.

The clients got payments from the law society’s reimbursement fund, which compensates people who have financial losses from misappropriation or wrongful conversion of their money or property by a lawyer.

The lawsuit lists payments made to Hesse’s clients from the reimbursement fund in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $300,000, for a total of more than $2.3 million

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