The Institute of Chartered Accountant Disciplinary Tribunal has struck an Accountant off the Register after he was convicted of growing cannabis.

The Accountant was charged with, and convicted of, running a substantial cannabis growing operation over the span of two seasons, and was sentenced to three years and three months imprisonment for the cultivation and supply of cannabis for the purpose of sale.

The Tribunal held that as opposed to being a brief lapse in judgment, the offending took place over a long period of time and involved a monetary gain.

The Tribunal ordered the Accountant to be struck-off the register and explained that the “fitness to practice accountancy” involves more than just technical competence. It expressed that membership to the institute necessarily requires good character and reputation.

It is important that Accountants remember that their conduct outside the workplace can reflect on their fitness to practice accountancy. Incidents that affect an Accountant’s character and reputation may result in disciplinary consequences, and potentially end their career.

If there are concerns about the actions of an Accountant outside of their practice that may affect their fitness to practice accountancy, it is wise to speak with a professional experienced in the area.

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