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Former State Thruway workers' union lawyer gets jail for ...

The former top lawyer for the State Thruway workers’ union was sentenced today to 2 2/3 to 8 years in prison for stealing $184,000 from the union. Kevin Clor, 34, apologized at his Manhattan State Supreme Court sentencing, saying “Nobody made me do what I did.” Earlier, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 72 union president Martin Latko blasted Clor as a “cold calculating thief” in a victim’s impact statement.  (Aug 14, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Jail for Texas lawyer charged with funds misuse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A South Texas lawyer arrested on another drunken driving count has been jailed pending trial on charges she embezzled from her grandmother. Michelle Lorenz Valicek faces trial Sept. 10 on 16 felony counts of misapplication of fiduciary property and theft. Valicek allegedly spent more than $500,000 of an inheritance meant for her grandmother, Margaret Lorenz. The 97-year-old woman died last year.  (Aug 14, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer arrested AGAIN

RALEIGH A Raleigh attorney who faces charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from his clients landed in jail again Thursday on charges of threatening a man over the phone. Nicholas Andrew Stratas was booked in Wake County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail after Raleigh police charged him with two counts of communicating threats. Stratas, 54, faces several other charges as well. Last week, New Hanover County authorities accused him of taking a Mercedes Benz from a car dealership for a test drive and not returning it. A month earlier, Stratas was charged with embezzlement and forgery when prosecutors accused him of stealing $30,000 from his clients, police reported.  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Toms River lawyer arrested on tax-evasion charges

A Toms River lawyer was arrested at his home by Internal Revenue Service agents Friday morning on charges that he evaded federal income taxes and failed to pay the payroll taxes for the workers at his law firm for several years, authorities said. A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging Lee Gottesman, 56, with four counts of personal income tax evasion and 15 counts of willful failure to pay payroll taxes between 2006 and 2009, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman.  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Noble County lawyer arrested on meth charge

A Noble County lawyer wanted on felony charges was arrested Wednesday night at his home in the 8000 block of County Road 550E, according to a Noble County Sheriff's Department report. Jon A. Criss, 43, was arrested about 9 p.m. by the sheriff's department and northeast Indiana SWAT officers after police received information from the public on his location, the report said.  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer sentenced to 6 years in mortgage fraud

The sentencing of Charles Murphy started with a question that might have been on the minds of anyone who has followed the career of the veteran Chicago criminal defense attorney. "I wonder what the heck Mr. Murphy is doing here?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Netols said as the defendant awaited his fate on federal wire and mail fraud convictions for financing fraudulent real estate transactions.  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer Took Cyanide After Arson Verdict, Then Died, Medic...

A 53-year-old lawyer whose finances apparently took a nosedive in recent years committed suicide in an Arizona court last month by swallowing a cyanide pill, immediately after a Maricopa County jury convicted him of burning down his own upscale home in the Phoenix area. Michael James Marin collapsed within minutes after a video of his June 28 arson conviction shows him seemingly putting something in his mouth and then swallowing. Medical examiner Kevin Horn announced Friday that his death was a suicide, reports Reuters.  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyers Convicted in $25M Mortgage-Fraud Case

Two New York lawyers have each been convicted of 10 felony counts and acquitted of one felony count in what federal prosecutors described as a $25 million mortgage-fraud scheme. Aaron Rabinowitz and Matthew Burstein, both 40, could get a maximum of 30 years when they are sentenced in November. However, a lawyer representing Aaron Rabinowitz said his client and Burstein were only doing their jobs, reports Reuters. The two plan to file post-trial motions seeking a new trial in the Eastern District of New York case. "There was a massive mortgage fraud conspiracy where people made a lot of money, and these two defendants were not a part of the conspiracy," Roger Stavis told the news agency. "They were only lawyers doing legal work and getting paid reasonable legal fees."  (Jul 30, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer Convicted of Hiding Bankruptcy Asset for Girlfriend

A Wisconsin lawyer and a former client who is now his girlfriend were found guilty in federal court there on Wednesday of crimes related to her bankruptcy. Walter Stern III, did not represent Norma Leonard-Allen in the bankruptcy case and claimed he was unaware of it at the time even though he was by then involved with his former client. However, he was charged and convicted of money laundering for helping Leonard-Allen conceal a $95,000 marital settlement she received in 2005 while the case was ongoing, reports the Journal Sentinel.  (Jul 3, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

lawyer convicted of fabricating evidence, promoting perjury

A longtime District-based defense lawyer was convicted Friday of conspiring to obstruct justice by fabricating evidence and inducing perjury in the hopes of winning a client’s drug trial. Charles F. Daum, 66, showed no reaction when U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler announced her verdict to a packed courtroom, finding Daum guilty of six of seven felony charges after a 23-day trial. The judge also found two of Daum’s private investigators — Daaiyah Pasha, 61, and her 32-year-old daughter, Iman Pasha — guilty of conspiring to obstruct justice.  (Jul 3, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer convicted of trying to bribe way out of DUI

A Palo Alto patent attorney with two DUI convictions under his belt has been found guilty of bribery for trying to get out of a drunken-driving arrest in Colma by bribing police, prosecutors said. Richard Chae, now 39, was driving his Lexus about 2:40 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010, when he was pulled over by Colma police on the 400 block of Serramonte Boulevard, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County district attorney.  (Jul 3, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Abusive Lawyer Arrested For Girlfriend's Murder

The 33-year-old lawyer accused of killing his girlfriend in a rage was arrested at a diner in White Plains last night. Jason Bohn, who had a history of abusing Daniell Thomas, was charged with Thomas's murder, plus aggravated criminal contempt, criminal contempt and tampering with evidence. And the Post says that he apparently sent text messages to Thomas' friends from her phone, after killing her.  (Jul 3, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer fails to "manipulate witness" and loses case again...

Another telling Lawyer (liar) moment I witnessed on news was about the failed case against Roger Clemens aka Rocket. A "expert (liar) lawyer" was interviewed about the failed case. His assessment was the prosecutor didn't adequately manipulate witnesses to reach a conviction! I'd like to think courtrooms were about truth. Not! Lawyers lie, cheat, manipulate...can you imagine going to work everyday like this? How do they look themselves in the mirror? Parents of these scum will say, "My Son/daughter is a lawyer" with pride. Proud of what? Their lust for money. Their expert lying.  (Jun 22, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Lawyer steals evidence, destroys documents, gets disbarred

A recent Ohio Supreme Court case serves as a reminder that lawyers commit misconduct. In Disciplinary Counsel v. Robinson, the Ohio Supreme Court considered the shocking conduct of David Jerome Robinson. Robinson worked for a law firm and its lobbying subsidiary and signed an employment agreement that required him to maintain the confidentiality of all business information. When he sought to move on to greener pastures, Robinson removed seven boxes of materials while the rest of his law firm was at a retreat in Pennsylvania. A few weeks later he was terminated, and not long after that, he was sued by his former firm for breach of contract. During his deposition and courtroom testimony, Robinson testified that he didn't have any client records or law firm information in his possession. During a lunch time recess, Robinson went to the men's restroom, removed a document he had taken from his former firm out of a binder and destroyed it. That evening, he returned home, placed several more boxes in his car and drove across the state of Ohio stopping at various dumpsters to tear up and discard his former firm's confidential documents. Four days later, Robinson must have either concluded that he was going to be caught or he had a sudden rush of conscience because he self-reported his destruction of documents to both his former firm and the court.  (Jun 22, 2012 | post #1)

Rockport, ME

Abingdon lawyer arrested three times in past two weeks

A local lawyer has been arrested three times in the past two weeks, accused of being drunk in public, threatening a couple and later urinating in their yard, in view of a 9-year-old girl. Berry Leslie Conway II, of Avondale Road in Abingdon, faces charges including public intoxication, public swearing, assault and breaking bond by trespassing, as well as a half-dozen traffic violations. Conway is a member of the Abingdon-based Conway Law Firm, where he’s worked since 1993.  (Jun 22, 2012 | post #1)

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