December 11, 2011
A Credit To FEMA
A Louisiana Hearing Committee has found no ethical violations on the part of a former attorney who was disbarred in 1990.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the respondent was employed by FEMA as a field agent. He was issued an agency credit card for official use only. The charges allege misconduct in the unauthorized use of the credit card. He used the card for numerous personal expenses that included hotel, car rental to attend the funeral of a relative in Florida, and at the Monkey Bar, where only drinks (not food) are served.
He had been terminated by FEMA and repaid over $7,000.
The hearing board found that rules governing trust funds were not applicable as he was not acting as an attorney.
The board further noted that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel was not seeking any additional sanction, although the disciplinary system had jurisdiction over the charges because the respondent is seeking reinstatement. (Mike Frisch)
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