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State seeks further discipline against suspended lawyer Paul Page

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The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against suspended Indianapolis attorney and developer Paul Page that could result in further sanctions against his law license.

Paul Page pleaded guilty in January 2013 to a single federal felony wire fraud charge and was sentenced to two years probation and a $10,000 fine in November. His license to practice law was suspended afterward.

Page was charged in a 14-count indictment in which two co-defendants later were found not guilty in a jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The charges related to a real estate deal involving an Elkhart office building leased to the state. The verdict helped unravel a related public corruption investigation targeting former Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

The complaint filed this week by the disciplinary commission says Page’s conviction is a violation of Admission and Discipline Rule 8.4(b), committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness, and Rule 8.4(c), engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.   
 

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  • Represented by a Dirty Lawyer.
    What is to happen to the possibly hundreds of defendants that were represented by Paul Page when he himself was engaging in illegal activities? I was represented by Paul Page and I am looking to clear my record. He made me feel like what I had in front of me as a plea was my only option.

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