Monday, July 29, 2019

Charges Draw Charges

Credit charges led to bar charges from the Illinois Administrator

In late October 2018, Respondent requested that Stafford provide Respondent with Stafford's personal credit card information to allow Respondent to obtain and pay for documents from the Illinois Secretary of State's office, related to Stafford Enterprises, LLC. Stafford provided Respondent with his Visa credit card number, expiration date and his three digit card verification code.

Between November 1, 2018 and November 24, 2018, Respondent used Stafford's Visa credit card to make the following purchases:

Date

Payee

Amount

11/1/18

Charter Communications
(Respondent's cable, internet and/or phone service)

$600

11/3/18

Illinois Secretary of State
(LLC Articles of Organization for a business unrelated to David Stafford or Stafford Enterprises)

$150

11/3/18

Illinois Secretary of State
(LLC Articles of Organization for a business unrelated to David Stafford or Stafford Enterprises)

$150

11/3/18

Illinois Secretary of State
(credit card convenience fee)

$3.53

11/3/18

Illinois Secretary of State
(credit card convenience fee)

$3.53

11/22/18

Boston Market Restaurant

$109.20

11/24/18

Charter Communications
(Respondent's cable, internet and/or phone service)

$692.42

All of the payments described...above, were for Respondent's personal and/or business expenses and none of the payments were made for the benefit of Stafford or Stafford Enterprises.

At no time did Stafford authorize Respondent to use his Visa credit card for any of the seven payments described...above, nor did Respondent request authority from Stafford to use the Visa credit card for his own purposes.

At no time before Respondent made the payments described... above, did Respondent inform Stafford that he intended to use Stafford's Visa credit card to make purchases for his own purposes.

The attorney has also been charged with making false statement to the client and the ARDC. (Mike Frisch)

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