Thursday, January 20, 2022

Confidentiality Crimes Draw Disbarment

The South Carolina Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who had consented and stipulated to multiple ethical violations.

In addition to client-representation related charges

On February 15, 2019, Respondent was arrested on two counts of forgery under state law. On March 1, 2019, this Court issued an order placing Respondent on interim suspension. In re Misocky, 425 S.C. 614, 825 S.E.2d 48 (2019). Respondent was subsequently indicted on numerous federal criminal charges involving conspiracy, forgery, counterfeiting, and identity theft, and the state charges were eventually dismissed in favor of federal prosecution.

The basis for the federal charges was that Respondent conveyed personal client information to two other individuals who used that information to make and pass counterfeit and forged securities in the names of the clients. These two other individuals deposited the money from the forged securities into a designated account from which Respondent paid them a percentage of the fraudulently obtained proceeds. Additionally, Respondent endorsed stolen checks; attempted to use another person's identity to facilitate a vehicle trade; possessed a fake driver's license and social security card and attempted to use them to purchase a car; purchased a different vehicle using a false identity; and possessed and passed two counterfeit checks with the intent to defraud a car dealership.

On July 6, 2021, Respondent entered into a plea agreement in which she agreed to plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining five federal charges. Her guilty plea was entered on August 2, 2021. Respondent has not yet been sentenced.

Respondent is also admitted in North Carolina, where she is suspended. 

The court granted credit for time served on interim suspension. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2022/01/the-south-carolina-supreme-court-has-disbarred-an-attorney-in-addition-to-client-representation-related-charges-on-february.html

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