Hamilton area business owner fined $6,000 for use of fabricated professional engineer’s seal

On November 22, Asif Siddiqui of Milton, Ontario, was convicted of breaching the Professional Engineers Act by the Ontario Court of Justice and fined $6,000 for use of a fabricated professional engineer’s seal.

In March 2015, Siddiqui was undertaking renovations at a SUBWAY restaurant franchise, which he owned through a corporation. Siddiqui submitted a building permit application and a technical drawing bearing a fabricated professional engineer’s seal to the building division at the City of Hamilton. A professional engineer with the building division identified the seal as a forgery and notified the affected professional engineer, who then notified PEO. 

His Worship Justice of the Peace Jerry Woloschuk convicted Siddiqui of one offence relating to use of the seal. Despite readily apparent flaws with the seal, and the fact that the drawing did not come directly from the affected professional engineer, Siddiqui failed to exercise due diligence and take steps to verify the seal before submitting the drawing to the building department. 

Nick Hambleton, associate counsel, regulatory compliance, represented PEO in this matter. PEO would like to thank the affected professional engineer and several persons involved with the renovations, as well as the Hamilton building department for their co-operation in the investigation.