Lafayette attorneys disbarred for illegally investing clients’ cash

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Two Lafayette attorneys have been disbarred, one particular for investing his client’s and law firm’s cash on unlawful medicines, and the other for illegally investing a client’s insurance policy settlement.

Adam Anthony Abdalla and Peter Brian Derouen equally have been disbarred and may no longer practice law in Louisiana, according to viewpoints handed down not long ago by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

A complaint was filed with the Business of Disciplinary Counsel against Abdalla — previously employed by the Lafayette law firm of Andrus, Boudreaux, Landry and Coussan — in September 2014.

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The complaint alleged Abdalla, on numerous situations, wrote unauthorized checks to himself from the law firm’s client escrow account and from the firm’s working account, which he wasn’t licensed to do, the legal belief states. He also established bogus invoices and had shoppers shell out him in income, which he did not forward to the law firm.

In accordance to the court docket, Abdalla illegally utilized nearly $40,000 from the law firm.

At a listening to in September 2015, the court docket doc states, Abdalla admitted to the allegations and reported he had reimbursed the firm. He admitted he “stole the cash to assist a drug behavior as he routinely utilized hyrdrocodone” and productively accomplished a drug rehab program.

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Derouen’s disbarment stems from the misuse of a client’s settlement from an vehicle accident. Right after he was retained, the court docket alleges Derouen unsuccessful to talk with his client for months, forcing her to keep a different attorney.

He allegedly informed the new attorney that Danielle Garner’s medical bills had been paid, but refused to switch above any data files, the court docket doc states.

Derouen, the court docket alleges, deposited $15,000 in settlement money but only paid just additional than $1,000 in medical prices Garner owed.

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