||Petitioner was reinstated after having been disbarred by Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated May 5, 1998.
Petitioner’s disbarment was the result of a reciprocal discipline proceeding pursuant to Rule 216 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement. Petitioner was disbarred in New Jersey by Order dated August 13, 1997.
Petitioner’s New Jersey disbarment was based on his guilty plea to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1341.
Petitioner was appointed to serve as a bankruptcy trustee for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. After the bankruptcy case was closed, Petitioner devised and carried out a scheme to steal $20,000 in unclaimed funds belonging to the bankruptcy estate. Those funds would have eventually gone to the federal government if the creditors did not come forward to claim them. Petitioner used those funds to satisfy his personal obligations to the IRS and credit card companies.
Petitioner eventually disclosed to his law partners his misconduct. Petitioner made restitution, confessed his misconduct to the U.S. Trustee and the bankruptcy judges before whom he regularly appeared, and cooperated with law enforcement authorities. Petitioner and his law partners reported his misconduct to New Jersey disciplinary authorities.
At the reinstatement hearing, Petitioner presented evidence that he had satisfied all of the conditions of his sentence and that his probationary term was terminated early by the court. Petitioner also expressed remorse over his misconduct, presented a stable work history, established active involvement in community organizations prior to and during his disbarment, and offered the testimony of three character witnesses as well as several character letters