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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2001-059

IN RE: RICHARD C. ARRIGHI

S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Sosman on May 13, 2003.1

SUMMARY2

On September 26, 2001, Richard C. Arrighi, the respondent, was convicted of six counts of tax evasion by failure to pay or make return or keep records in violation of G. L. c. 62C, § 73(f)(1); two counts of willfully failing to file a fiduciary return in violation of G. L. c. 62C, § 73(c); one count of aiding in the concealment of stolen property in the amount of $1,603,303.12 in violation of G. L. c. 266, § 60; and one count of conspiracy to conceal stolen or embezzled funds in the amount of $1,603,303.12 belonging to the Commonwealth, in violation of G. L. c. 274, § 7. For the crime of conspiracy to receive stolen property, the respondent was sentenced to two years in the house of correction; on the two counts of willful failure to file a fiduciary return, the respondent was sentenced to one year in the house of correction from and after the two-year sentence; and on the crimes of aiding in the concealment of stolen property and tax evasion, the respondent was placed on probation for five years, to commence after his release from the sentence imposed on the two tax counts.

On April 1, 2003, the respondent filed an affidavit of resignation acknowledging that he had been convicted of these crimes and that the convictions established violations of Canon One, Disciplinary Rules 1-102(A)(4) and (6), and, for conduct after January 1, 1998, Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b), (c), and (h). The respondent requested that the effective date of the sanction or resignation be June 19, 2001, the date the respondent was administratively suspended from the practice of law.

On April 14, 2003, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to recommend that the respondent’s affidavit of resignation be accepted and that an order of disbarment enter retroactive to October 12, 2001, the effective date of the order temporarily suspending the respondent from the practice of law.

On April 25, 2003, the Board of Bar Overseers filed the affidavit of resignation and its recommendation with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. On May 13, 2003, the county court (Sosman, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective October 12, 2001.

1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.



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