|By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, (Marathon, Fla.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A federal judge has described
Their U.S. passports have been revoked and
In the March statement to prosecutors with the
Phoenix said that
That job paid "
In the statement, Phoenix acknowledged he failed to notify lenders that many
Phoenix is listed as "a member in good standing" of The
"I am not aware of any complaints made by any [
"People who are outside the legal profession often do not understand how lawyers can do certain things, but those things often fall under attorney-client privilege," Tannebaum said. "It's not always simple in determining a lawyer's role and what he is required to do."
However, cases involving knowledge of or participation in ongoing fraud could lead to ethical rulings "that may result in disbarment," Bridges said.
In the case filed in
Phoenix reportedly pledged to provide Garretson's health insurance and provide a share of the firm's fees from her cases.
Garretson said Phoenix failed to pay rent on the office, never paid her, and "hijacked" electronic and physical files.
When she complained, Garretson said Phoenix insulted her and sent e-mails "claiming that God spoke through him," according to the suit.
The case continues to work its way through
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