Thursday, December 22, 2011

Death Star

The Maryland Court of Appeals has explained its reasoning for an order entered in October 2011 disbarring an attorney who engaged in misconduct that included misappropriation and serious dishonesty in connection with a real estate transaction:

The hearing judge’s undisputed findings demonstrate that Seltzer converted funds from Advanced Realty’s operating account for his own use, misappropriated funds from Advanced Realty’s escrow
account, and tried to cover up his misconduct by attempting to deposit multiple checks in
Advanced Realty’s accounts from the Death Star account, which Seltzer knew to be
underfunded. As to Rule 8.4(b), Seltzer’s multiple withdrawals of funds from the operating
and escrow accounts constituted thievery and criminal acts that reflect adversely on Seltzer’s
honesty and trustworthiness.

The attorney also had failed to cooperate with the disciplinary process. He had his wife file a motion to postpone oral argument before the court. The court granted Bar Counsel's motion to strike because the wife is not an attorney. (Mike Frisch)

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