Friday, November 9, 2012
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department ordered an interim suspension of an attorney facing charges of billing fraud.
The information before the court
...by letter, respondent's prior firm indicated that because respondent's billing had been questioned by the client, it had conducted an investigation. Upon concluding its investigation, which included conversations with respondent, the firm determined that respondent's fraudulent billing involved only one of the firm's clients and occurred between February and July 2011. During that period, respondent took six trips to Dallas, Texas, for purely personal reasons but nevertheless, by submitting expense reports, billed virtually every expense he incurred in connection therewith to the firm's client. When the firm asked respondent for an explanation, he confirmed that he had in fact billed the firm's client for expenses not incurred by the client and which instead purely personal. According to respondent's prior firm, respondent fraudulently billed the firm's client $40,203.18. By letters dated May 10 and 24, 2012, respondent, through counsel, confirmed that but for minor discrepancies, the assertions made by his prior firm in its letter to the Committee were accurate.
The suspension is in effect until final discipline is imposed. (MIke Frisch)