Thursday, January 6, 2011

Illinois Attorney Faces Ethics Complaint After Joining Union to Collect Benefits

An Illinois attorney, John P. Cooney, is facing an ethics complaint after he allegedly joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union just to receive benefits when he was not in fact a tradesman. Cooney merely worked as a lawyer for a carpentry and siding contractor. He joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and collected $130,000 in medical and prescription claims over a nearly five-year period, the complaint alleges. He is accused of conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

Hat Tip: Legal Profession Blog

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