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Monroe County attorney suspended following guilty plea

June 17, 2013

Attorney Phillip Chamberlain, who pleaded guilty to Class D felony counterfeiting in October 2012, has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana.

The Indiana Supreme Court ordered the interim suspension, issued on June 11, 2013, because Chamberlain was found guilty of a crime punishable as a felony. The suspension will continue until further order of the court or final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action, provided no other suspension is in effect.

After the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23 (11.1)(a), filed a “Notice of Guilty Finding and Request for Suspension,” Chamberlain requested and was granted an extension of time to May 15, 2013, to file a response. However, the deadline passed without him filing any submission.

Chamberlain has been ordered to fulfill the duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

The Clear Creek attorney was arrested in 2008 and faced charges of Class C felonies fraudulent sale of securities, forgery, sale of unregistered securities and unregistered investment advisor. These charges were dismissed after he entered an agreement to plead guilty to the Class D felony.

He was sentenced to 540 days in the Indiana Department of Correction with all but time served suspended, completion of 120 days of community service and ordered to pay $166 in court costs.

 

 

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