The State Bar of California has disciplined four Orange County attorneys, disbarring two and suspending two others.
The attorneys were disciplined by the state bar for petty theft, mishandling clients’ money and performing loan modifications without proper licensing.
The following misdeeds and punishments are according to the state bar:
Charles Dana Pereau (license #243705], 62, of Laguna Hills, was disbarred May 19 and charged with misdemeanor petty theft for allegedly shoplifting items from an electronics store as well as a misdemeanor count of fighting in public.
Pereau pleaded guilty to the count of fighting in public and the count of petty theft was dismissed.
He failed to participate in the State Bar Court proceedings either in person or through counsel for the purpose of determining whether the facts and circumstances surrounding the violation involved moral turpitude or other misconduct warranting discipline.
The State Bar Court found Pereau’s intentional dishonesty and petty theft involved moral turpitude. Pereau’s inaction led to disbarment under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s rules of procedure.
Timothy David Myers (license number 199356), 49, of Huntington Beach, was disbarred May 17 after he failed to respond or participate either in person or through counsel to six charges of misconduct involving a single client.
The bar said Myers misappropriated more than $60,000 received for the client, issued her a check purporting to pay the $60,000 when there was insufficient funds to pay the check, and falsely stated he had invested her funds and was holding them overseas on her behalf.
Myers was previously suspended for 90 days and placed on probation for two years for failing to perform legal services with competence, failing to promptly return unearned fees, and committing “an act of moral turpitude” by making a false statement to the state bar. His probation was revoked and he was suspended for six months and until payment of…