Federal Appeals Court OKs 11-Year Prison Sentence For Disbarred Attorney Who Fleeced Stroke-Stricken Client For Over $840K; Disability Rendered Victim Unable To Walk, Talk, Etc. For The Rest Of Her Life
- A federal appellate panel affirmed last week an 11-year sentence for [Saundra Lucille White,] a suspended-then-disbarred attorney in who defrauded a Silver Spring client over the course of several years and misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets.(1)(2)(3)
See also, Disbarred Attorney Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison for Scheme to Defraud Clients of More Than $841,000.
For the court ruling, see USA v. White, No. 16-4070 (4th Cir. March 9, 2017).
(2) See generally, Frederick Miller, "If You Can't Trust Your
- This tolerance to deception is encouraged by the profession's institutional civility. Seldom is a fig called a fig, or a shyster a shyster. No, our euphemisms are wonderfully polite: "frivolous conduct," or a "lack of candor;" or "law-office failure;" or, heaven forbid, a "peculation," a "defalcation," or a "negative balance" in a law firms's trust account.
There is also widespread reluctance on the part of lawyers --- again, some lawyers --- to discuss publicly, much less acknowledge, that they have colleagues who engage in deceit and unprofessional conduct.
This reluctance is magnified when the brand of deceit involves the theft of client money and property, notwithstanding that most lawyers would agree that stealing from clients is the ultimate ethical transgression.
***The fact is, however, that theft of client property is not an insignificant or isolated problem within the legal profession. Indeed, it is a hounding phenomenon nationwide, and probably the principal reason why most lawyers nationwide are disbarred from the practice of law.
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:
- Directory Of Lawyers' Funds For Client Protection (February 2017) (includes a listing for Canadian client protection funds, courtesy of the American Bar Association);
- Check the USA Client Protection Funds Map;
- Check the Canada Client Protection Funds Map.