Legal Ethics

Texas Lawyer Convicted in Internet Paramour Extortion Scheme Is Permanently Disbarred

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A Texas lawyer convicted in an Internet paramour extortion scheme has been permanently disbarred.

The Legal Profession Blog notes the disbarment order for San Antonio lawyer Mary Roberts, whose conviction was affirmed by a Texas appeals court in January.

According to prosecutors, Roberts posted Internet ads claiming to be “full of desire but not having her needs met,” according to a 2004 People magazine article entitled “She Strayed, They Paid.” Four men who answered the ad later received legal documents implying possible legal action from Roberts’ husband, Ted, a medical malpractice lawyer. The paramours—an accountant, a lawyer and two executives—paid $155,000 in hush money.

Ted Roberts was also convicted in the scheme. The State Bar of Texas website reports his license has been suspended.

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