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Ethics committee update.

At the Education Conference in November, the Board of Ethical Inquiry reviewed seven new cases. Two cases were forwarded for hearing, four were dismissed and one will be investigated. The board reviewed three CPM reinstatement applications as well as two AMO re-accreditation applications. Two of the CPM reinstatement applications will be returned for processing. The Board voted to deny reinstatement on the third, in that the applicant is in violation of the Pledge and Articles 5 and 10 of the CPM Code. The applicant will have the opportunity for a show cause hearing.

One AMO application will be returned to the membership department for processing, while the second will not move forward for processing until the firm demonstrates it is in compliance with the AMO Code of Ethics.

The Ethics Hearing and Discipline Board conducted five hearings. In Case 03-06, the Board found the Respondent in violation of Articles 1, 7 and 10 of the CPM Code for accepting an undisclosed loan from a contractor the firm was dealing with and voted to issue an unpublished letter of censure.

In Case 03-02, the Board found the Respondent CPM in violation of Article 10 of the CPM Code. The AMO firm was found in violation of Articles 1.6 and 1.7 of the AMO Code for mishandling a security deposit. The Board voted to suspend the AMO firm for one year and require the Executive CPM to successfully complete the Ethics 800 course and the BDM 601 course within one year. If the Executive CPM does not meet these requirements AMO status will be terminated. The Board also voted to issue an unpublished letter of censure to the Executive CPM and also require the Respondent CPM to successfully complete the Ethics 800 course within one year or his CPM status will be terminated. This case has been appealed and discipline will be stayed pending the outcome.

A show cause hearing was held in Case 3-09 at the request of a CPM whose membership was terminated by the Board of Ethical Inquiry. The Respondent was convicted of insurance fraud, grand theft by embezzlement and filing a false tax return in connection with the Respondent's real estate activities. The Board voted to terminate Respondent's membership in the Institute and status as a Certified Property Manager in accordance with Article III, Section 6 of the Bylaws.

A show cause hearing was held in Case 03-01 related to a candidate application that involved possible violations of the Code of Professional Ethics of the Certified Property Manager. The Hearing Board reviewed the evidence and concluded the Respondent had shown cause as to why his application should be processed. The application will be forwarded to the membership department for further processing.

The Complainant in Case 03-07 was a tenant in a building managed by an AMO firm. The complaint alleged tenants were subject to noxious fumes and lead dust while woodwork in the garden apartment was being sanded. The Complainant was present at the hearing, but not the Respondent. The Board found the Respondent in violation of Article 12 and voted to issue an unpublished letter of censure.

The Board also considered the cases of two CPM members who had been previously disciplined and who failed to satisfy education requirements within the designated timeframe. In the first case, the Respondent was suspended for six additional months and if, by the end of that time the requirement has not been met, the Respondent's CPM status will be terminated. In the second case, the Respondent was given 90 days to successfully complete the required class. Failure to do so will result in termination of the Respondent's CPM status.
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Publication:Journal of Property Management
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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