Friday, October 21, 2011
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has imposed a public censure of an attorney who had engaged in various violations of the rules governing trust accounts. The attorney's practice focused on business immigration.
In 2008, respondent began using his escrow account as a business account for his newly created Mexican food company, commingling business funds with client funds and failing to maintain records of those funds. Also in 2008, he made ATM withdrawals from the escrow account totaling $9,900 to pay bills for the company's activities. In June 2008, an escrow account check in the amount of $22,625 was issued to pay for a company expense and was returned for insufficient funds, triggering the Committee's investigation.
A trust account overdraft is a sure way to get the Bar's attention. (Mike Frisch)