DISCIPLINE NOTICE: Deepak Verma

Posted on July 6, 2022

In a Consent Order dated May 31, 2022, Deepak Verma admitted that he falsely represented himself as two professional engineer validators for the purpose of verifying information he provided in support of his professional engineer application. Mr. Verma’s registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC is cancelled and he agreed to pay $1,500 towards the investigation costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

On May 31, 2022, Mr. Verma agreed to a Consent Order cancelling his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Mr. Verma is not permitted to practice engineering or use the title “Engineer” or “Professional Engineer” in BC.

The investigation against Mr. Verma arose following an audit of the competency-based assessment he submitted in support of his professional engineer application with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. The assessment included a summary of his education, his employment history, and an explanation of how his work experience satisfied several competences (the Assessment). Mr. Verma nominated six validators, two of whom were professional engineer registrants of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, to verify the information he reported in the Assessment.

Mr. Verma falsely represented himself as the two professional engineer validators to validate the Assessment. He created two fictitious email addresses and used the fictitious email addresses to access the Assessment and submit information in support of his application.

Based on the false representations, Mr. Verma’s application for registration was initially approved on February 23, 2021, but later audited. The Registration department of Engineers and Geoscientists BC contacted the professional engineer validators as part of the audit, who confirmed the email addresses did not belong to them nor did they submit the information included in the Assessment.

On May 11, 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC notified Mr. Verma that the Investigation Committee had authorized an investigation to confirm whether Mr. Verma falsely represented himself as the professional engineer validators for the competency assessment. Mr. Verma then admitted to the false representations and resigned his registration on May 14, 2021.

In the Consent Order dated May 31, 2022, Mr. Verma admitted that by making the false representations, he demonstrated unprofessional conduct contrary to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. Mr. Verma also admitted that maintaining his fraudulently obtained registration constituted professional misconduct contrary to the newly enacted Professional Governance Act. Mr. Verma further admitted his conduct was contrary to the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Code of Ethics.

Mr. Verma agreed to pay $1,500 towards the investigation costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He is also prohibited from re-applying for reinstatement until November 14, 2022. If he does re-apply, he must proceed through the complete registration process as though he was never registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC and meet the requirements of the Credentials Committee. Before applying for reinstatement of his registration, Mr. Verma must meet several requirements, including the completion of the Professional Practice Examination and the Professional Engineering and Geoscience in BC Online Seminar. 

The full text of the Consent Order can be found in the Disciplinary Notices section of our website, at egbc.ca/discipline-notices.

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