Law license suspended for Boardman man
YOUNGSTOWN — The law license of Anthony J. Fusco, of Boardman, has been suspended because of his felony conviction last month in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, according to the Ohio Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday suspending Fusco’s license “for an interim period,” effective immediately.
The matter also is referred to disciplinary counsel for an investigation and the start of disciplinary proceedings, the order states.
The suspension was ordered after the Supreme Court was notified Sept. 16 of Fusco’s felony conviction. On Aug. 16, Fusco, 33, of Cascade Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud. He remained free after the hearing.
His law license was inactive at the time, according to online Ohio Supreme Court records. That meant he was not allowed to practice law in Ohio or hold himself out as authorized to practice law in Ohio.
Authorities said the conviction stemmed from Fusco forging documents related to client medical bills of about $800,000 to obtain money.
Fusco will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Sept. 28. Prosecutors are recommending that he get 18 months in prison, but they will not oppose Fusco being granted judicial release, which is a defendant being allowed to leave prison early at the discretion of the sentencing judge.
If Fusco is granted judicial release, prosecutors will ask for Fusco to be placed on five years of community control, sometimes known as probation.
According to Fusco’s indictment, from about March 1, 2017, through about Sept. 30, 2019, Fusco presented false claims to one or more insurance companies. The maximum penalty for the offense is three years in prison. Fusco’s clients had no knowledge of Fusco’s acts, prosecutors say.
According to the Ohio Supreme Court, Fusco was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio on Nov. 16, 2015.
The Supreme Court order states that Fusco is ordered to “immediately cease and desist from the practice of law.” He is forbidden from appearing on behalf of another person before any judge, commission, board, administrative agency or other public authority.
He also must not counsel, advise or prepare legal instruments for others or in any manner perform legal services for others.
Among his other requirements are that within 30 days, Fusco most notify all clients being represented in pending matters and any co-counsel of his suspension and disqualification to act as an attorney, the order states.