For Immediate Release
SHERWOOD PARK MAN FINED FOR ILLEGALLY
USING ENGINEERING STAMP
| EDMONTON, Alberta Dennis
Edward Huculak, 36, of Sherwood Park was found guilty on 11 charges of
unlawful representation resulting in fines totaling $5,500 or six months
in jail. The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists
of Alberta (APEGGA), which is responsible for regulating the engineering
and geoscience professions in Alberta, initiated the action against him.
Mr. Huculaks offences, which took place early in 1998, contravened Section 3(b)(ii) of the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions (EGGP) Act. The Act authorizes APEGGA to prosecute individuals and firms who misrepresent themselves as professionals or who illegally provide engineering, geological or geophysical services to the public.
The case was heard in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Edmonton on June 7 and 8, 1999. Mr. Huculak erroneously obtained a P.Eng. stamp when the results of a database search by APEGGA displayed a professional member with the identical name. In his decision on June 23, 1999, Judge J. P. Jorgensen said Mr. Huculak took advantage of a mistake on APEGGAs part by holding himself out as a professional engineer. He rejected the defence argument that the misrepresentation resulted from an "officially induced error". However, the judge accepted the defence argument that there was no evidence of any direct damage to the physical environment as a result of the improperly stamped drawings. He imposed a fine of $500 per offence.
Established in 1920, the Association serves society by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the professions in Alberta. Empowered by the Government of Alberta through legislation, the Association registers, sets practice standards and determines disciplinary action for its members. With more than 31,000 members, APEGGA is the largest self-governing professional association in the province.
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