|Victims of attorneys get awards|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:33|
One Wood County victim of attorney theft will receive a maximum $75,000 award and 11 clients of a former Franklin County attorney will receive $138,850, after a meeting Friday of the Board of Commissioners of the Clients' Security Fund of Ohio.
The $75,000 award concerns deceased attorney William C. Caughey, who did not account for client funds before he died Dec. 10, 2012.
Former Franklin County attorney Eric J. Strawser's failure to provide the services requested and conversion of client funds resulted in the $138,850 in reimbursements. Strawser resigned from the practice of law in Ohio, with discipline pending, on October 21, 2011.
The board also determined that a former client of deceased Allen County attorney Robert B. Blackwell was eligible for reimbursement of $500 paid to Blackwell for services that he did not provide before his death April 27, 2011 in Bowling Green.
In total, 31 victims of attorney theft were awarded more than $250,000. The reimbursements involve 10 former or suspended Ohio attorneys that were found to have misappropriated client funds and four deceased attorneys who were also involved in the claims presented to the board.
Created in 1985 by the Ohio Supreme Court to reimburse victims of attorney theft, embezzlement, or misappropriation, the fund is supported entirely by attorney registration fees. Ohio has more than 44,000 attorneys engaged in the active practice of law. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of those attorneys is involved in CSF claims.
Clients who believe they have sustained financial losses resulting from attorney misconduct should contact the fund at 614.387.9390 or toll-free in Ohio at 1.800.231.1680.
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