Wednesday, April 1, 2009
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today permanently revoked the license of attorney George N. Kafantaris of Warren based on findings that he misappropriated funds entrusted to him by two different clients, failed to disclose to a probate court that he had received a $25,000 insurance settlement on behalf of a deceased client, and filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court falsely affirming that he had complied with a prior suspension order requiring him to return all client funds and files in his possession to those clients.
In a 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court agreed with findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Kafantaris committed 14 violations of state attorney discipline rules, including the rules that prohibit conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation; failure to maintain complete records of all funds held on behalf of clients; and failure to promptly pay or deliver to a client funds to which the client is entitled.
In imposing its ultimate sanction of disbarment, the Court noted the aggravating factors that Kafantaris had previously been suspended for disciplinary infractions in 2003, and that he engaged in a pattern of misconduct, acted with a selfish or dishonest motive and made false statements in official documents filed in the Trumbull County Probate Court and in the Supreme Court itself.
The court's opinion is linkedhere. (Mike Frisch)