||By order dated October 13, 1993, the Supreme Court disbarred Petitioner on consent from the practice of law. The disbarment was based on Petitionerís federal court convictions of the charges of one count of mail fraud and two counts of tax evasion; and four separate pending disciplinary complaints involving various charges, including one instance of forgery, conversion of client funds, failure to refund an unearned fee, and unauthorized practice while on inactive status.
The Board initially determined that Petitionerís misconduct was not so egregious as to preclude reinstatement.
In her Petition for Reinstatement, Petitioner contended that her gambling addiction was a causal factor for her professional misconduct from 1986 to 1993. Petitioner submitted evidence, including active participation in Gamblerís Anonymous, psychotherapy, and changed behavior patterns, to show that her professional misconduct was unlikely to be repeated. The Board found that Petitioner had demonstrated success in rehabilitating herself from her addictive condition.
The Board also found that Petitioner had settled her tax obligation to the IRS through an Offer in Compromise and that she had satisfied all restitution obligations she owed to clients who filed claims with the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security.
The Board, however, recommended that the petition be denied because Petitioner had made no effort since her release from prison to contact one former client to verify payment of restitution; the Board found this lack of effort ďparticularly disturbingĒ in light of the 12-step recovery program of Gamblersí Anonymous, which mandates that Petitioner make amends to those who she harmed as a result of her addiction. Another concern was Petitionerís lack of consistent and steady employment; since her release from prison, Petitioner had held various employment positions, most ending after only a few months of employment.