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Duebel Belcena, 10426229


The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct from 2016 to 2019, when he submitted 485 false claims under his employer’s group benefit plan and received $34,667.45 in relation to the false claims. The Member also forged 12 receipts in response to an initial inquiry into the false claims. The Member paid restitution in the amount of $34,667.45.

Discipline Committee’s Findings

Based on the Member’s admissions, a panel of the Discipline Committee of the College of Nurses of Ontario (the “Panel”) found that the Member:

  • contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
  • misappropriated property from a client or workplace;
  • falsified a record relating to the member’s practice;
  • signed or issued, in the member’s professional capacity, a document that the member knew or ought to have known contained a false or misleading statement; and
  • engaged in conduct or performed an act, relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as dishonourable and unprofessional.

Discipline Committee’s Order

The College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission on Order requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:

  • an oral reprimand;
  • a 5-month suspension; and
  • terms, conditions and limitations including:
    • attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
    • employer notification for 12 months.

The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed order was reasonable and in the public interest. The Panel noted that the Member cooperated with the CNO and accepted responsibility by agreeing to the facts and a proposed order.

The Panel further noted that the Member showed moral failing with his deceit and greed. The Panel recognized the importance of trust that members of the public have in the nursing profession, and that insurance fraud threatens this foundation of trust. The order should reinforce that this type of misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by CNO.

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