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COLUMBUS State takes law license away from lawyer who stole money



Published: Wed, February 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The decision means he won't be able to practice law again in Ohio.

COLUMBUS (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has disbarred a Youngstown medical malpractice attorney who was convicted of defrauding clients of $4.5 million.

The court's 7-0 ruling today means that Richard Goldberg, now serving time in a federal prison, can never practice law again in Ohio.

Attorneys facing discipline are sometimes allowed to resign rather than face disbarment. However, in May 2000 the court denied Goldberg's request to resign from the Ohio bar.

Goldberg pleaded guilty in 1999 to stealing $4.5 million from 23 clients beginning in 1993. He was sentenced to three years and 11 months at a minimum-security prison in Morgantown, W.Va.

In April, U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster added 16 months to Goldberg's sentence after the attorney pleaded guilty to not reporting on his 1997 taxes $1.21 million he took from clients.

Polster increased the sentence also because prosecutors said Goldberg violated the terms of his plea agreement.




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