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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 62734
Attorney Name Morell, Maria Del Sol
DBP Docket No. 136 DB 2001
Supreme Court Docket No. 694 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2003-11-18
Effective Date 2001-09-24
Case Digest Respondent pled guilty to the crime of making false statements to a financial institution in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1014. On approximately fifteen occasions, Respondent, as a settlement agent, deceived lenders by signing a HUD-1 Settlement Statement that falsely stated that she had received from the buyers monies for down payments at settlement. Respondent knew that the sellers were the source of the down payments and that the lenders would not have approved the loans under these circumstances. In mitigation, Respondent had no record of discipline, cooperated in the criminal investigation and in the disciplinary matter, and expressed remorse for her misconduct. A majority of the Disciplinary Board recommended a suspension of two years. Five members dissented and recommended a suspension of thirty-months, so that Respondent’s suspension would roughly coincide with her term of probation. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, without opinion, imposed a suspension of thirty-months
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(1)
Discipline Imposed Thirty-month suspension retroactive to 9/24/01
Points of Law In criminal conviction matters, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is inclined to order a term of suspension that at a minimum will coincide with any probation that a respondent-attorney is currently serving.
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