Monday, May 23, 2005
Former Washtenaw (Michigan) Assistant County Prosecutor Charles Carpenter entered a no contest plea to identity theft related to obtaining a credit card in his disabled mother's name and stealing money from her. Carpenter, who had been charged originally with five felonies before the plea, joined the prosecutor's office in 2000 after moving to Michigan from Tennessee, where he also worked as a prosecutor. Carpenter was sentenced to two years probation and switched to being an inactive member of the Michigan bar, although that will not prevent the imposition of sanctions -- possibly disbarment -- by the Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Board. An article in the Ann Arbor News (here) discusses the case.