Suspended Fort Wayne bankruptcy lawyer who served theft sentence resigns

A former Fort Wayne bankruptcy lawyer who completed a federal prison sentence for embezzling from a client has resigned from the Indiana bar.

Randall Stiles, 46, was released from the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute on Oct. 31 after serving a six-month sentence imposed in March for his guilty plea to two counts of bankruptcy fraud and a misdemeanor tax charge.

According to the Indiana Northern District Attorney’s Office, Stiles was practicing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court when he stole from a client and lied to a bankruptcy trustee about filing his tax returns. In addition to representing clients in bankruptcy proceedings, Stiles himself filed for bankruptcy in 2013.

His sentence requires him to make restitution for more than $235,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and $3,535 to a victim in a bankruptcy case.

The Indiana Supreme Court accepted Stiles’ tendered resignation in a Thursday order. Per disciplinary rules, his resignation requires an acknowledgement that there is an investigation against him by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission involving allegations of misconduct and that Stiles could not successfully defend himself if the proceeding was prosecuted. The court suspended Stiles in June, when he was already under suspension in a separate disciplinary matter.

Costs of the proceeding are assessed against Stiles.

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