Thursday, October 2, 2014

Good Evening Vietnam

Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey who was portrayed by the late Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam, has consented to disbarment in the District of Columbia.

The Board on Professional Responsibility has accepted his affidavit of consent and forwarded a report to the Court of Appeals for final action.

In the District of Columbia, the facts and circumstances of the admitted misconduct remain confidential when an attorney consents to disbarment.

Thus, the story behind the story may never be told. However, there may be a clue in this report 

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Adrian Cronauer and the Cronauer Law Center. Mr. Cronauer, who is best known as the radio disc jockey who inspired Robin Williams' character in the film Good Morning Vietnam, now runs Cronauer Law Center, a Washington, D.C. based law firm. NCRC's complaints allege that Mr. Cronauer and Cronauer Law Center have intentionally misled consumers through misrepresentations and deceptive and fraudulent loan modification and foreclosure prevention practices.

NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement:

"Scammers who cause injury to homeowners under the guise of offering assistance must not be tolerated. The rules apply to celebrities as well. We believe Mr. Cronauer and the Cronauer Law Center to be in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Mortgage Assistance Relief Act rules, and other state and federal laws. We look forward to regulators reviewing our complaints and investigating this important matter further."

"The unfortunate reality is that law firms are culprits in a growing number of mortgage scams. In addition to legal action, we're calling on the American Bar Association to police its members," said Taylor.

The board report can be found at this link by inserting the attorney's name. (Mike Frisch)

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