Thursday, September 27, 2012
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney who helped himself to an immigration client's bond money:
The respondent shows no remorse and remains defiant in his claim that he is "entitled" to deduct his fees from the bond money. The evidence shows that the respondent took advantage of a fellow Polish immigrant. His offer to return the balance of the bail money, but only to Sirju, who is no longer in the country, underscores the bold nature of his theft. His testimony was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. Not only did the respondent wrongfully deduct his fees from the bail money, but he padded his bill with improper charges, a bill which was fabricated to justify his conduct. Of note, the respondent was previously admonished in 2005 for similar conduct.