October 1, 2012
Bad Economy No Excuse for Thefts
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for misappropriation and other misconduct.
In response to charges of theft of estate funds, the attorney testified that he "used those funds... in the worst financial crisis in our nation's history." He also stated that "those funds had been used by me in my business operations in difficult times."
Another matter involved the sale of real property by the attorney's client to a Philadelphia municipal judge. The attorney used the contract deposit to pay a number of personal expenses.
The Disciplinary Board recommended disbarment for the misappropriations, "lying to virtually anyone he encounters," no restitution or remorse, and other aggravating factors. (Mike Frisch)
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