Suspended lawyer accused of forgery disciplined again

The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday again suspended from the practice of law a northern Indiana lawyer who is charged with felony forgery and was found to be noncooperative with another Disciplinary Commission investigation of a grievance against her.

Justices suspended Decatur attorney Jill N. Holtzclaw, who is accused of signing a judge’s name on a phony order in a divorce case and sending emails to an expungement client’s widow posing as a deputy prosecutor. She was under prior suspension orders issued in June and in September.

In Holtzclaw’s suspension order issued Wednesday, justices wrote that she did not reply to an Oct. 4 order to show cause why she should not be suspended for noncooperation. She also did not respond to the commission’s “Request for Ruling and to Tax Costs.” She is ordered to reimburse the commission $513.34 for the costs of the proceedings.

According to court records, Holtzclaw has had five disciplinary actions filed against her this year, with one still pending.

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