March 11, 2013
Change Of Heart
The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging misconduct by an attorney who married a Ukranian citizen in Rome.
When his wife became pregnant, his mother-in-law (also a Ukranian citizen) came to visit. She participated in a marriage ceremony with an American citizen.
The attorney then filed an affidavit with the Department of Homeland Security in support of the mother-in-law's change in immigration status.
Then, the attorney's marriage went bad.
The complaint alleges:
On July 7, 2004, Respondent caused a letter to be sent to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Investigations Section, in Chicago, requesting to withdraw his underlying affidavit of support for [mother-in-law] Antonina Beaudion, referenced...above.
On July 14, 2004, Respondent caused a second letter to be sent to a supervisor at the United States Department of Homeland Security, Investigations Section, in Chicago, relating to his request to withdraw his affidavit. Attached to the letter was a second affidavit executed by Respondent under oath, which stated, in pertinent part: "I thought, of course, that they would move in together as husband and wife. This never happened…my mother-in-law never moved in with her husband."
At some point prior to May 22, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security initiated removal proceedings of Antonina in her immigration matter, on the basis that her marriage to Joseph Beaudion was fraudulent in part because Antonina had never left Respondent's residence to reside with Beaudion.
On April 24, 2006, Respondent caused a complaint and jury demand to be filed against Antonina, requesting damages in excess of $1,000,000 for alienation of [wife] Tanya's affections to Respondent. The complaint alleged that, in part because she was angry that Respondent would not buy her a house, Antonina decided to cause the collapse of Respondent's marriage to Tanya, and had persuaded Tanya to have extra-marital affairs. The complaint contained many personal and embarrassing allegations against Antonina and Tanya, and attached personal emails and photographs of Tanya and her professional dancing partners. The matter was given Circuit Court of Cook County docket number 2006-L-4267.
On April 24, 2006, Respondent caused a complaint and jury demand to be filed against two defendants with whom Respondent alleged Tanya had engaged in extramarital affairs. The complaint requested damages in excess of $1,300,000. The complaint contained many personal and embarrassing allegations against Tanya, and attached personal emails and photographs of Tanya and the two defendants who were Tanya's professional dancing partners. The matter was given Circuit Court of Cook County docket number 2006-L-4268.
The bar's investigation began when a letter from the Seventh Circuit "expressed concern about reconciling Respondent's affidavit in support of Antonia's petition to change her immigration status and [his] subsequent statements and testimony..." (Mike Frisch)
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