July 9, 2008
Intent Found, Suspension Proposed
An Illinois Hearing Board has recommended a one-year suspension of an attorney found to have schemed with a divorce client to cheat his spouse out of her share of the marital estate. The board found that:
during his marital dissolution proceedings, Mr. Seleman [the client] was ordered by the court to sell a piece of property from the marital estate. Respondent agreed to execute a lien form that reflected Respondent was owed money for services he provided relating to the property when in fact no such services were rendered. Respondent ultimately received $50,000 from the sale of the property and subsequently tendered $45,000 back to Mr. Seleman.
The proposed sanction takes account of significant character evidence but also considers the accused attorney's incredible denials of any fraudulent intent. (Mike Frisch)
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