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NO. BD-2007-047


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Ireland on August 1, 2007.1


On May 1, 2007, the Tennessee Supreme Court disbarred the respondent based on his plea of guilty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on June 21, 2006, to conspiracy to defraud mortgage loan companies and financial institutions in violation of 18 U. S. C. § 371, mail fraud in violation of 18 U. S. C. § § 1341 and 2, and bank fraud in violation of 18 U. S. C. § § 1344 and 2. The respondent did not report either his disbarment or his convictions to the bar counsel, and therefore violated S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § § 12(8) and 16(6).

On June 1, 2007, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. An order of notice issued to the respondent to show cause why disbarment should not be ordered in Massachusetts. The respondent sent a response to the order to show cause to bar counsel, who received it on July 5, 2007. Bar counsel forwarded the response to the court.

On July 17, the county court notified the parties that a hearing on bar counsel’s petition was scheduled for July 30, 2007, at the courthouse. Bar counsel appeared at the hearing, but the respondent did not appear. On August 1, 2007, the county court (Ireland, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective immediately upon entry of the judgment.

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 filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.

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