A lawyer's commission of a misdemeanor that results in $50,000 being diverted from a benevolent purpose constituted serious criminal conduct and disbarment was appropriate.
After an attorney was convicted of charitable bingo fraud, a misdemeanor under Louisiana law, he was charged with violations of La. R. Prof. Conduct 1.15 and 8.4(a)-(c). The Hearing Committee recommended disbarment. The Committee cited several aggravating circumstances, including the attorney's prior disbarment and private reprimands, a refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct, and the lack of an expressed willingness to make restitution.
Was disbarment an appropriate measure for the act of charitable bingo fraud, among other infractions?
The Disciplinary Board adopted the findings of the Hearing Committee. Both the Hearing Committee and the Disciplinary Board recommended that Respondent be disbarred effective November 4, 1994, the date of his interim suspension.