Legal Ethics

W. Va. Lawyer Loses License; Gov't Post Proved Too Tempting

A West Virginia lawyer has been disbarred by the state supreme court after his conviction for embezzling about $100,000 from a county building commission for which he served as chairman.

Christopher Davis, 38, was previously sentenced to what amounted to a 60-day jail term in a Hampshire Circuit Court criminal case that resulted from the embezzlement, reports the West Virginia Record. The rest of his two- to 20-year sentence was suspended, and his 60-day jail term will be followed by five years of supervised probation.

Davis, who was admitted to practice in 1999 and filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, has made $10,000 restitution to the commission. He is required to repay a total of 110,967.30 to the commission under a plea agreement.

Additional coverage:

Cumberland Times-News (Jan. 2008): “Grand jury indicts Davis”

West Virginia Informer (Aug. 2008): “Chris Davis Is Acting Like A Spoiled Child”

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