California Bar Journal
CBJ - December 2009 #02.
Action taken against 5 more lawyers in loan modifications
California Bar JournalDecember 2009Action taken against 5 more lawyers in loan modificationsState Bar prosecutors took action last month against five more lawyers under investigation for loan modification misconduct, bringing to 14 the number of attorneys who have resigned or been placed on involuntary inactive enrollment since creation of the bar's Loan Modification Task Force in April.
"I am very pleased with the results being obtained by members of our Loan Modification Task Force," said Interim Chief Trial Counsel Russell Weiner. "They have exceeded my expectations. Our office has been aggressively investigating and prosecuting attorneys alleged to have committed loan modification misconduct. Any attorney thinking that he or she can commit loan modification misconduct and get away with it for a significant period of time should think again."
Timothy Thurman [#216048], 37, resigned Nov. 2 with charges pending following his arrest by FBI agents in October at his Altadena home. He was charged with creating and using a court order containing what he knew to be a forged signature of a federal judge. Thurman allegedly gave the document to his clients, who had sought Thurman's help to avoid eviction, telling them to give it to the sheriff, who became suspicious and contacted the judge. Thurman's practice was Trinity Law Group in Los Angeles.
On Nov. 4, the Loan Modification Task Force obtained the resignations with charges pending of Gary Davidson [#32110], 75, of Costa Mesa, and Eric Douglas Johnson [#224065], 55, of Culver City.
On Nov. 4, Paul Lucas [#163076], 48, of the Lucas Law Center in Aliso Viejo, was ordered...