Monday, February 18, 2013

The Bondsman

The Hawai'i Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for numerous ethical violations in several matters.

The court found, among other violations, that the attorney engaged in conflicts of interest by serving as both counsel and bail bondsman to two clients.

The Star-Advertiser had this report on the attorney's April 2011 suspension by the court:

An attorney suspended by the Hawaii Supreme Court this week has had ethical and financial complaints dating more than five years.

KITV reported Wednesday investigative files show complaints against Honolulu attorney Frank M. Fernandez include misappropriation and misuse of client funds, coercion and mixing his law practice with Exodus Bail Bonds, which investigators say is owned by his wife.

He was suspended from practicing law on Monday.

The disciplinary counsel says a judge ordered Fernandez to keep his bail and legal businesses separate in 2006, but recent complaints say he kept bail money as payment for legal work.

(Mike Frisch)

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