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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ind. Courts - More on "Disbarred lawyer charged with forgery"

Updating this ILB post from May 7, 2012, quoting a South Bend Tribune story that began "A disbarred attorney faces criminal charges for forging names on legal documents and filing fraudulent tax returns while he was under suspension", today Madeline Buckley reports, also in the SBT, in a story that begins:

A jury found a former attorney guilty of forging the names of other lawyers in his building on court documents in order to continue his practice while he was suspended.

The jury today convicted Rod Sniadecki, 47, on three counts of felony Class C forgery, which each carry a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

The disbarred attorney sat motionless in the Mishawaka courtroom when the verdict was read, as shocked and tearful family members looked on, some hustling out of the room.

The three-day trial before St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Larry Ambler centered on whether Sniadecki ordered the forgeries that his legal assistant signed during his six-month suspension from practicing law in 2007 and 2008.

“If there was a puppeteer and puppets, who was who?” Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule asked the jury rhetorically during his closing arguments today.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 26, 2013 08:55 AM
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