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COLUMBUS 2 former clients of Mark Colucci are awarded total of 8,000



Published: Wed, March 7, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.



The former attorney was sentenced to 18 months for tax evasion.

By MICHELE C. HLADIK

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

COLUMBUS -- Two more former legal clients of Mark S. Colucci of Youngstown were reimbursed a total of 8,000 after the attorney was found to have neglected their legal needs.

The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners' Clients Security Fund of Ohio awarded 5,000 to Mary Palumbo of Wickliffe and 3,000 to an unidentified client. Janet Green Marbley, administrator of the fund, said a list of clients' names cannot be released until it becomes public record through an official letter to the high court's clerk.

At its March meeting, the board awarded 104,954 to 24 victims of theft by 11 attorneys throughout Ohio.

Three other Mahoning County residents were awarded funds in December for payments they had made to Colucci.

Raymond Stacey was awarded 7,500, Teri Sevi was awarded 250, and Narda Shafer was awarded 500 on behalf of Thomas Shafer, who is deceased.

"These awards arose from the dishonest conduct of [Colucci]," Green Marbley wrote in a letter to the high court's clerk earlier this year. The funds were reportedly for unearned or unreturned legal fees in 2004.

To date, the fund has awarded 246,287 to 56 of Colucci's former clients.

Green Marbley said she was not able to talk about any future pending claims, including whether more pending claims exist.

Ohio Supreme Court records show Colucci resigned from the practice of law in Ohio before disciplinary action could be completed. He was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion.

The fund was created in 1985 to repay clients financially harmed by attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio.

Green Marbley said the fund was designed to restore public confidence in the legal profession.

To date, the fund has reimbursed more than 11 million to consumers.




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