REAL Estate lawyer Rita Grewal of Mississauga has gone missing with $3.5 million that belonged to her clients in the shape of mortgage funds in a trust account.
Hearing panel chairman David Wright in the recent decision on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s application for an interlocutory suspension, wrote: “Activity on her credit cards suggests that Ms. Grewal may have gone to India. Ms. Grewal has not responded to the law society’s inquiries or to this proceeding and has not explained what happened to the money.”
His ruling noted that her account only had $100,000 when her bank froze it.
The law society has referred the case to police, society spokesman Roy Thomas told www.lawtimesnews.com. But police – RCMP and Peel Regional Police of Ontario – would not confirm or deny if they had launched an investigation.
The RCMP and Peel Regional Police both said they could not confirm or deny if Grewal was the subject of an investigation.
She ran her RG Barrister & Solicitor Professional Corporation from a plaza near Pearson International Airport between February and July this year.
Grewal was a lawyer in India and moved here in 2005. She worked as a legal assistant at Carranza LLP, Toronto’s largest ethnic personal injury law firm, and became a full-time lawyer after she was called to the bar in Ontario in 2011, the Toronto Star reported.
Her husband also worked for the firm as a file clerk, but the couple split up last year and he returned to India.
Grewal was also a board member of Toronto’s South Asian Women’s Centre until last year.