Monday, August 6, 2012
The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging the following:
On January 19, 2012, as Ruth Cleverly sat reading at the Newton, Iowa, public library, Respondent stole Ms. Cleverly's purse, which contained her credit cards, cash and telephone.
Later in the day on January 19, 2012, Respondent used Ms. Cleverly's credit card on three occasions at the Newton Wal-Mart to purchase cigarettes, soda, American Express prepaid credit cards and a laptop computer. Each time, Respondent forged Ms. Cleverly's name on credit card receipts to purchase the items.
On January 20, 2012, Respondent returned to the same Wal-Mart and attempted to return the laptop computer, purchased with Ms. Cleverly's credit card on January 19, 2012, alleging that the computer was broken and attempting to get a refund. Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel identified Respondent as the individual who purchased the laptop computer on January 19, 2012. Wal-Mart personnel notified Newton police that Respondent had returned to the store.
When Newton police arrived at the Wal-Mart store, Respondent had already exited the store. Newton police officers tracked Respondent for at least twenty minutes, in the snow and through timber, until Respondent was apprehended and arrested.
The attorney pleaded guilty to forgery.
He also is alleged to have failed to report the conviction to bar authorities. (Mike Frisch)