A Notice of Inquiry was issued to Mr. Seyed Mahdi Beheshtian regarding email correspondence Mr. Beheshtian sent to another engineer containing unprofessional and derogatory remarks directed at that engineer. Mr. Beheshtian also posted two reviews of the other engineer’s work on the HomeStars website, which included public statements to the effect that the other engineer was fraudulent, untrustworthy and unethical, in circumstances in which Mr. Beheshtian knew or ought to have known that Mr. Beheshtian did not have justification in making those statements. Mr. Beheshtian willfully intended to cause harm to the other engineer’s professional reputation and business in expressly refusing to retract the statements made on the HomeStars website.
In lieu of proceeding to a disciplinary hearing, Mr. Beheshtian agreed to a Consent Order dated May 12, 2017. As part of the Consent Order, Mr. Beheshtian agreed that he must:
- pay a fine in the amount of $7,000 to APEGBC within 60 days;
- successfully complete an anger management workshop offered by a counselling service provider by October 31, 2017; and
- pay costs in the amount of $3,000 towards APEGBC’s investigation and inquiry costs within 60 days.
The full text of the Consent Order agreed to by Mr. Beheshtian can be found here.
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