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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 56664
Attorney Name Clark, Anthony F.
DBP Docket No. 129 DB 1997
Supreme Court Docket No. 374 D.D. No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Angelea Allen Mitas
Counsel for Respondent Christine M. Selden
Decision Date 2000-10-02
Effective Date 2000-11-01
Case Digest Respondent pled guilty to a federal criminal charge of violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 371, for conspiring to defraud the United States of America by obstructing the lawful governmental functions of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Respondent was sentenced to 366 days incarceration at a federal boot camp type facility. Respondent had previously been placed on temporary suspension via Supreme Court order of October 27, 1997, via a joint petition submitted to the court after his conviction. In its report, the Disciplinary Board focused on Respondent's laundering of money in excess of one million dollars through his escrow account, and his preparation of a false and factitious Affidavit to be filed in the U. S. District Court in Southern California, knowing that the document was false and that it would be filed with the court. The Disciplinary Board stated that Respondent's subsequent cooperation with the government after the investigation targeted him had negligible impact as he was aware of the illegalities and never did anything about it. The Disciplinary Board also pointed out that Respondent's loyalty to others involved in the scheme appeared motivated by financial gains he anticipated and that he was the type of attorney from whom the public needs to be sheltered, as he was unfit to act as a repository of trust in representing the concerns of the public. Respondent had no prior disciplinary record.
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(1)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law Respondent's subsequent cooperation with federal authorities after he was targeted during the investigation has negligible impact as mitigation as Respondent was aware of illegalities involved in his conduct and never did anything about it.
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