For more, see Disbarred attorney Chernushin faces criminal charges stemming from his law practice
For the follow-up story, see Colorado Springs attorney suspected of stealing from clients commits suicide
- A longtime Colorado Springs attorney charged with stealing thousands of dollars from his clients has killed himself, authorities confirmed [June 9, 2016].
Gregory Chernushin, 64, was found Thursday morning [June 9] with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Target Tree Campground in Hesperus, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. His body was discovered about 8:10 a.m. by workers at the campground on Highway 160 near the Montezuma County line, Smith added.
The Colorado Attorneys' Fund for Client Protection
is a fund established by the Colorado Supreme Court to reimburse clients who suffer a loss of money or other property from the dishonest conduct of their attorney. Additionally, the loss must arise out of and by reason of an attorney-client relationship or a court-appointed fiduciary relationship between the attorney and the screwed-over victim. The fund is a remedy of last resort for clients who cannot be repaid from other sources, such as from insurance or from the attorney involved. Claimants are expected to make reasonable efforts to collect from these other sources first.
According to this story
, the Fund has, as of February, 2016, roughly $4 million available to clients
who were victims of dishonesty by their lawyers, according to Jamie Sudler, chief deputy regulation counsel in the Office of Attorney Regulation. Sudler reportedly said, "We're really, really interested in getting the word out and we try as hard as we can to let people know about it
If you believe you have lost money or property as a result of the dishonest conduct of your attorney who either is licensed in Colorado, or unlicensed but nevertheless practicing in the state, you should start by filing a disciplinary complaint
against the attorney with the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.
For similar "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds
" that attempt to clean up the financial mess created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in other states and Canada, see:
Maps available courtesy of The National Client Protection Organization, Inc