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NY Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Runner Probe

Posted Aug 2, 2007 6:06 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An investigation into a runner accused of visiting hospitals to find personal injury clients has resulted in another guilty plea.

New York lawyer David Sheeger of Sheeger, of Kafko, Schnitzer & Sheeger pleaded guilty to filing a false “retained statement” that failed to reveal the source of a referral, the New York Law Journal reports. Prosecutors had claimed Sheeger paid $500 each for 67 accident victims referred to him by the runner, according to an Aug. 1 press release.

The plea deal calls for Sheeger to be sentenced to five years’ probation and to forfeit $110,000 in fees. He will also lose his law license.

Sheeger is the 11th lawyer caught up in the investigation.

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