Sunday, August 06, 2017

California Lawyer Who Misappropriated $60K+ From Client, Then Stuck Her With A Rubber Check For The Cash Gets Bar Boot

From a recent story in The Orange County (California) Register:
  • Timothy David Myers (license number 199356), 49, of Huntington Beach, was disbarred May 17 after he failed to respond or participate either in person or through counsel to six charges of misconduct involving a single client.

    The bar said Myers misappropriated more than $60,000 received for the client, issued her a check purporting to pay the $60,000 when there was insufficient funds to pay the check, and falsely stated he had invested her funds and was holding them overseas on her behalf.(1)

    Myers was previously suspended for 90 days and placed on probation for two years for failing to perform legal services with competence, failing to promptly return unearned fees, and committing “an act of moral turpitude” by making a false statement to the state bar. His probation was revoked and he was suspended for six months and until payment of restitution.

    Myers’ failure to respond to the new discipline charges led to disbarment.
Source: 2 Orange County attorneys disbarred; 2 more suspended.
(1) For "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds" that sometimes help cover the losses created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in the United States and Canada, see:
Maps available courtesy of The National Client Protection Organization, Inc.