Indy attorney already under CLE suspension now suspended for noncompliance

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An Indianapolis attorney already under a suspension for CLE noncompliance is now facing an additional suspension for failing to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation action filed against him.

Frankert K. Wheaton was suspended effective Thursday, according to an Indiana Supreme Court order.

The order states that Wheaton failed to respond to a Dec. 14, 2021, show cause order, filed after he failed to cooperate with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s investigation of a grievance against him. The order does not specify the nature of the grievance.

On Jan. 5, the commission filed a request for ruling and to tax costs. The high court ordered Wheaton to reimburse the commission $522.59 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding.

Wheaton’s suspension will remain in effect until the executive director of the Disciplinary Commission — currently Adrienne Meiring — certifies to the Supreme Court that Wheaton has cooperated fully, or until further order of the court, provided there are no other suspensions in effect. Wheaton is also currently under a suspension for failing to comply with continuing legal education requirements.

According to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys, Wheaton was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1987 but has been suspended since June 28, 2021. He has been the subject of four disciplinary actions since 2011.

The current case is In the Matter of: Frankert K. Wheaton, 21S-DI-555.

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