Licensee was charged with violating Section 455.227(1)(c), Florida Statutes, being convicted or found guilty of, or entering a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which relates to the practice of, or the ability to practice, a licensee’s profession; and Section 471.033(1)(d), Florida Statutes, being convicted or found guilty of, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the practice of engineering or the ability to practice engineering. Licensee entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraudulent use of personal identification information, a third-degree felony. Adjudication of guilt was withheld by the Court, which placed licensee on Probation for 18 months, with required community control and community service, and court fine and costs. The case involved forging the signatures of other people, including employees and officers of the Town of Palm Beach, on invoices for services rendered by a company that licensee was a franchisee.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board upon an Informal Hearing. The Board imposed a Reprimand, Probation for three years, an administrative fee of $1,000 and costs of $93.60, and successful completion of the Board’s Study Guide and a Board-approved online course in engineering ethics and professionalism. Final Order was issued Jan. 20, 2021.
Violation: Sections 455.227(1)(c) and 471.033(1)(d), Florida Statutes