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Disbarred attorney accused of forgery

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Rodney P. Sniadecki, a sole practitioner in South Bend who was disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2010, has been indicted on three counts of forgery.

A grand jury in South Bend indicted Sniadecki May 3 on the Class C felony charges. He turned himself in and was released on bond.

The indictment says that on Nov. 27, 2007, Sniadecki, with the intent to defraud, created an appearance form, minute entry and waiver of extradition on behalf of Michael DeMeester that bore a signature purporting to have been made by Michael Wandling.

On Dec. 5, 2007, Sniadecki allegedly made a guardianship information form and petition of appointment for a temporary guardian for a minor bearing a signature purported to have been made by Angela Russo.

Count III alleges that on April 21 and 30, 2008, Sniadecki made U.S. income tax return documents on behalf of St. Joseph Valley Mortgage Corp. or Caterina M. Sergio in such a manner that the instruments purported to have been made at another time.

Sniadecki was disbarred in 2010 for violating the terms of a previous suspension, entering into an improper business transaction with a client and engaging in dishonest conduct by falsifying loan documents when trying to get a loan to repay the client through mortgages on his law offices.

He was suspended in 2007 for having a sexual relationship with a client and initially lying to the commission about when it started; for hiring a suspended attorney to perform administrative, secretarial, and paralegal duties; and for representing a wife in a divorce action while still representing the wife and husband in a joint bankruptcy petition.

Sniadecki’s initial hearing on the forgery charges is May 7.

 

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  • Too much tolerance?
    On October 17, 2007, this Court issued an order in a prior disciplinary case against Respondent under Cause Number 71S00-0512-DI-627, suspending him from the practice of law for six months with automatic reinstatement, effective November 26, 2007 (“Order of Suspension”). See Matter of Sniadecki, 875 N.E.2d 22 (Ind. 2007). SNIADECKI's "priors" still allowed for automatic reinstatement in 2007, upon which time he immediately began engaging in misconduct again, which was not ended until the system disbarred him three years later. http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/04011001per.pdf
  • Justice
    It has taken five years for me to resolve and validate this man's actions done knowing and on purpose. He could have made his money legally if he brought cases to trial. Why study all those years to lose your license? I will never get back what all he took from me mentally and financially. Lying for all those years. Thank you for bringing closure and peace to this betrayal of trust ex-client.

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