Thursday, January 27, 2011

Unearned Warrants Get Former Probate Judge Suspended

The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports:

The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the law license of [a] Gallipolis attorney...for cashing state payroll warrants totaling $71,405.04 in gross wages that were mistakenly issued to him between January and December of 2005, while he was suspended without pay from his former position as judge of the Gallia County Probate Court. The Court also found that [he] made false statements in seeking reissuance of four expired warrants. 

In a 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [his] actions violated the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation and conduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer’s fitness to practice.

In setting the sanction for his misconduct, the Court specified that [he] will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement of his license until he has made full restitution to the state.

The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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