Legal Ethics

Bar cites email from missing lawyer in emergency suspension case over missing law firm millions

Email messages sent by a missing Florida attorney who has been accused of taking up to $6 million from his law firm were revealed Tuesday in a state bar application for an emergency suspension of his law license.

“You are all victims of my very bad business decisions,” Timothy McCabe wrote to his colleagues, the Palm Beach Post reports. McCabe is accused of taking $4 million from the trust and title accounts of his Lake Worth law firm, McCabe and Samiljan, and leaving the firm with $2,229 in its bank accounts.

At another point, McCabe said he is “solely to blame for any wrongdoing that may be discovered at the firm. I have done so many things and kept them secret from each of you and my wife. I assure you it was not for personal gain.”

Federal and state authorities are looking for McCabe, as clients ponder how their lives will proceed without substantial sums they expected to be used to pay off mortgages and purchase homes, according to the newspaper.

He said in an email to his wife, who reported April 5 that he was missing, that he hoped to “rectify” the situation, but would put his affairs in order if he couldn’t.

See also: “Foreclosure defense lawyer is missing; his law partner says at least $6M in firm money is gone”

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