October 1, 2009
Former DA Steals From Prosecutors, Gets Probation
Also from the California Bar Journal:
[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with a one-year actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. Credit will be given for a period of interim suspension that began Jan. 24, 2008. The order took effect Feb. 25, 2009.
A former Fresno County deputy district attorney, [he] was treasurer of the Fresno County Prosecutors Association (FCPA) for two years. During that time, he stole $2,800 from the group by writing checks to “cash” and to himself. When a new treasurer was elected, [he] provided two check registers and one checkbook, but delayed in providing receipts, logs or expenditure justification. All carbon duplicates were removed from the checkbooks.
He repaid the funds, plus interest, and admitted he had a gambling problem.
[He] quit his job and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft.
In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, provided references attesting to his good character and underwent treatment for substance abuse and gambling addiction.
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