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2011-1460.  Greene Cty. Bar Assn. v. Saunders, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-1651.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 09-091. Craig William Saunders, Attorney Registration No. 0071865, is permanently disbarred from the practice of law in the state of Ohio.
O'Connor, C.J., and Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Donnell, Lanzinger, Cupp, and McGee Brown, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-Ohio-1651.pdf

(April 17, 2012) The Supreme Court of Ohio has permanently disbarred attorney Craig W. Saunders for converting client funds to his own use and other acts of professional misconduct in his dealings with three different private clients and while serving as an assistant prosecutor for the city of Xenia. Saunders’ law license has been under an indefinite suspension since 2010 for prior disciplinary violations, and is also under an interim suspension imposed by the court after it was notified of Saunders’ 2010 criminal conviction of a felony offense.

In a 7-0 per curiam decision announced today, the court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that, among multiple new violations of state attorney discipline rules, Saunders engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation when he converted to his own use $40,000 entrusted to him by a client to pay taxes due on her deceased mother’s estate.

The charges resulting in today’s action were prosecuted through default proceedings before the disciplinary board after Saunders did not respond to the new complaint filed against him and failed to cooperate with the investigation of his misconduct by the Greene County Bar Association.

David Miles, 937.878.5266, for the Greene County Bar Association.

Craig W. Saunders (no current contact information available).