The Supreme Judicial Court has determined that an attorney should be disbarred for orchestrating a fraudulent scheme to conceal his client’s lottery winnings from the Probate & Family Court and the mother of the client’s children.
“Individual acts of misconduct contained within this scheme would, standing alone, warrant a term of suspension. … When considered in its entirety, however, the cumulative effect of the respondent’s fraudulent scheme warrants a more severe sanction,” the court wrote in a rescript opinion.
“The respondent not only orchestrated a fraudulent scheme in which he intentionally misled the courts, the receiver, and the mother of his client’s children, but took advantage of an unsophisticated and vulnerable client with a limited education and mental health issues. … In these circumstances, disbarment is appropriate,” the court stated.