YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Hubbard attorney has been permanently disbarred for concealing over $800,000 from a client’s husband during divorce proceedings.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to permanently disbar David K. Roland. The decision was unanimous.
Roland was already under suspension from practicing law in Ohio for failure to register as an attorney.
The Trumbull County Bar Association brought complaints against Roland to the Board of Professional Conduct in connection to his representation of Dr. Denise Carradine in her divorce from Eric Martin which was filed in 2009.
Dr. Carradine is a chiropractor practicing in Boardman.
Roland did not turn over requested information from the bar association and a panel considered his failure to respond as admission to the allegations.
The association claimed Carradine paid Roland about $854,000 from August 2006 to April 2009 using a regular pattern of withdrawing cash from her business and personal accounts in amounts of less than $10,000. The Court concluded that was evidence of purposely structuring the transactions to avoid detection under banking laws.
Some of the money was traced to off-shore accounts.
“We have consistently recognized that when an attorney’s neglect of legal matters is coupled with a failure to cooperate in the ensuing disciplinary investigation, an indefinite suspension is warranted,” the opinion stated. “However, when such conduct is accompanied by the misappropriation of client funds and fraudulent or dishonest conduct, as it is here, we have held that disbarment is the appropriate sanction.”
Carridine said in previous court documents that the money was for legal fees and some was lost in bad investments.
The bar association brought complaints against Roland to the Board of Professional Conduct based on interactions with four clients, including his representation of Carradine.