Brooklyn Appellate Court disbars previously disbarred attorney
A panel of Appellate Division, Second Department, justices unanimously ruled that a Queens attorney be disbarred and stricken from the Roll of Attorneys following a 2014 conviction for conspiracy to commit fraud.
Ephraim Frenkel was found guilty by a Manhattan federal jury for his participation in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $126 million in loans from Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.
In 1993, Frenkel issued his resignation from the practice of law and was subsequently disbarred. An unsigned opinion of the Appellate Division, Second Department, at the time said that Frenkel was “aware of a pending investigation or disciplinary proceeding in which he is alleged to have engaged in professional misconduct, that he submits his resignation freely and voluntarily, that he is not being subjected to coercion or duress, that he is fully aware of the implications of submitting his resignation and that he has determined that he cannot successfully defend himself against the charges.”
Frenkel was reinstated to the bar in 2005.
Following a felony criminal conviction, New York law mandates an automatic disbarment of the offending attorney. Citing supporting case law, Presiding Justice Randall Eng and Associate Justices Reinaldo Rivera, Peter Skelos, Mark Dillon and Ruth Balkin ordered Frenkel disbarred once again after his 2014 federal conviction.
Frenkel presented no response to the disciplinary charges but intends to file an appeal to his felony conviction. He is still awaiting sentencing.
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