*A lawyer who represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault case has been suspended from practicing law indefinitely amid claims she misappropriated funds.
Three former clients of Monique Pressley have accused her of taking retainers and using the funds on personal expenses without doing any significant work.
The Daily Mail writes, “Instead of keeping the money in an escrow account, Pressley cashed the checks and had money deposited into her husband’s account, the counsel claimed.”
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Monique Pressley is accused of using client’s retainer funds on HERSELF and not their actual CASES. Monique and I had some runs. I WON’T pile on. But I WILL say perhaps this sheds some light on why Cosby is in prison? Just maybe?https://t.co/ntD6jqUqZA via @MailOnline
— Black Authority (@TheBlackChannel) January 16, 2020
According to the report, she was served with a “specification of charges” in July of 2018 and again in October 2018, but Pressley never filed “an answer to charges brought against her despite being given several opportunities to do so.”
She also never showed up to hearings.
Via Daily Mail:
First complaint: Pressley made fellow church member feel ‘victimized’ after taking $8k and having her husband work the case – despite him not being a lawyer
Second complaint: Pressley drove client to the bank to have him pay her $2,400 in cash
Third complaint: Pressley spent client’s $15,000 from their son’s suspicious death case in a matter of days.
Legal docs state “She engaged in a pattern of dilatory tactics at every step of the process.”
A former client who knows Pressley from church, said she was “blindsided” by the lawyer and felt “victimized” by someone she “utterly trusted.”