According to hearing permits, Bauder set up his practice in Fort Nelson around 2005, which most recently handles mostly criminal defence and family disputes, with work in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek as well.
In 2008, he considered relocating his practice to Prince George, and sold his family home and moved into a basement suite in the meantime. In September of that year he entered into the Agreement for Sale, and made monthly payments until the spring of 2010, when vendor approached him about moving the completion date up to May from September.
As the Agreement for Sale was unregistered, Bauder was unable to find funding. In his testimony, he admitted to creating a false contract of purchase and sale with an increased purchase price, as the value of the property had gone up, and got it signed by the vendor. He said he took various steps to keep the vendor from knowing about the fraud.
Bauder was unable to explain why he made the false documents, and didn't offer any excuse for his actions, acknowledging them as "dishonest" and saying he "was the author of his own misfortune”.
His lawyer argued it was an isolated lapse in judgment, and that Fort Nelson will suffer by losing their only lawyer. However, the disciplinary board says that the public "need to be assured that they are protected from unscrupulous conduct, even if this results in the loss to them, temporarily, of their only local legal representation".
“The respondent deliberately engaged in dishonest and fraudulent conduct for personal gain, and any sanction imposed must send a message that this type of behaviour will attract significant disciplinary consequences, sufficient … to send a message to the bar that they should not even think about doing what the respondent did in this case," they wrote.
The start date of his suspension will be determined by both the Law Society and Bauder.