N.Y. Lawyer Quickly Suspended Over Alleged Belief Fund Misuse

A New York attorney who an appeals court said admitted to using money generated from a client’s sale of her co-op for his personal expenses was temporarily suspended from practicing law.

Misconduct involving the use of trust funds for personal expenses without permission is considered an immediate threat to the public interest and warrants an interim suspension, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, said Thursday.

The state grievance committee is continuing its investigation.

Over an eight-month period between 2019 and 2020, Derek Etheridge made 72 withdrawals from the account, totaling more than $35,000, allegedly to pay …

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