Friday, January 7, 2022

Undisclosed Misconduct Violated Bar Admission Rule

The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a 180-day suspension on these stipulated facts

Respondent served as the elected Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Portage from January 2012 through the end of 2019. He applied for admission to the Indiana bar in March 2016 and was admitted to the Indiana bar in October 2016. At the time of his bar application but prior to his bar admission, Respondent, in his capacity as Clerk-Treasurer, was engaged in an illegal scheme involving payments to three companies controlled by his then-girlfriend. This criminal conduct came to light in 2019, Respondent was charged with official misconduct in 2020, and Respondent pled guilty to an amended charge of conflict of interest in 2021.

As a result of his conviction of a crime punishable as a felony, Respondent has been under an order of interim suspension since August 10, 2021.

Violation: The parties agree that by failing to disclose on his bar application his payments as Clerk-Treasurer to the entities controlled by his then-girlfriend, Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.1(b).

The suspension is effective as of the date of his interim suspension. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2022/01/undisclosed-misconduct-violated-bar-admission-rule.html

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