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Attorney accused of lying about her work as a prostitute agrees to 3-year license suspension

Posted Aug 9, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An Illinois attorney who allegedly worked as a call girl from 2005 to 2011 while she was earning her legal degree—and used that income to cover costs of opening her own law practice—has agreed to a three-year suspension of her license.

Reema Bajaj, 27, pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor prostitution charge in DeKalb County, concerning an incident that occurred before she was a lawyer. However, it wasn't simply this and other claimed criminal acts as a call girl that are at issue in the legal ethics case. There were also alleged multiple lies on her bar application and in her sworn statement to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission about her self-employment and the name she used in online ads, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Assuming that a hearing panel and the state supreme court agree with the ARDC that Bajaj should be disciplined, she would be only the second Illinois attorney ever to be sanctioned for prostitution in a state legal ethics case, according to the ARDC.

Bajaj and her lawyer did not respond to requests for comment by the newspaper.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer accused of lying about claimed ‘self-employment’ as prostitute and name used in online ads"

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