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NO. BD-2005-032


S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Greaney on May 9, 2006.1


The respondent began receiving social security benefits for a disability in about 1994. She was entitled to work for a nine-month trial period that expired in 1997. The respondent returned to work in 2001, incorrectly assuming that she was still entitled to work on a trial basis. By December 2001, she knew that her trial period had ended.

From about December 1, 2001, to July 2003, the respondent received social security disability benefits to which she knew that she was not entitled. On May 16, 2005, the respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law. On October 5, 2005, the respondent was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of a felony offense of theft of public money in violation of 18 U. S. C. § 641. She was sentenced to a term of probation for two years and required to pay $34,808.00 in restitution.

On March 24, 2006, the respondent and bar counsel filed a stipulation in which the respondent admitted to the conviction and that her conduct had violated Mass. Rules of Prof. C. 8.4(b), (c), and (h). They agreed that a suspension of three years should be imposed, retroactive to the effective date of order of temporary suspension.

On April 10, 2006, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to accept the stipulation of the parties and to recommend a suspension of three years, retroactive to the effective date of the temporary suspension. On May 9, 2006, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County entered an order of suspension for three years effective as of May 16, 2005.

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 on the record submitted to the Supreme Judicial Court.

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