Many states ignore these types of convictions, but Illinois does not.
Again, please note that these are allegations, not proven facts. The lawyer may have a defense to the charge.
By cooperating with the ARDC and prosecutors, a lawyer, whose former home was used to grow marijuana, received a reprimand.
This case illustrates the somewhat obvious point that if you cooperate with the ARDC and the prosecutor and meet all the conditions they require you to meet, you can often make the best of a bad situation.
The ARDC has filed a complaint against a lawyer alleging that the lawyer forged checks. The ARDC alleged that the lawyer, an associate with a law firm, forged firm payroll checks and presented them to currency exchanges. Below are the allegations concerning one transaction:
“35. On November 13, 2015 and November 24, 2015, Respondent entered Justice Currency Exchange and presented for payment purported Sheehan firm payroll check numbers 578986 and 578996, each made payable to “Irina Cedano,” Respondent’s married name, in the amount of $1960.55. Check numbers 578986 and 578996 were purported to be drawn on BMO account number ending in 1196, entitled “Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates.” Respondent endorsed the rear of check numbers 578986 and 578996 “I. Cedano.”
- Engaging in a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer, by negotiating BMO check numbers 578986, 866986 and 986986 and committing a forgery, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/17-3(a)(1), 720 ILCS 5/17-3(a)(2) and 720 ILCS 5/17-3(A)(3), in violation of Rule 8.4(b) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct;
- Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation by conduct including, by negotiating BMO check numbers 578986, 866986 and 986986 at the Justice Currency Exchange, in violation of Rule 8.4(c) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.”
The ARDC also alleged that the lawyer engaged in other misconduct including presenting forged checks to a creditor.
Disclaimer: this is merely a report of allegations against a lawyer. The allegations and claims made by the ARDC have not been proven.
Edward X. Clinton, Jr.