Sunday, June 5, 2011

Client accuses Vann Leonard of stealing $20,000 after conviction.

Yet another alleged victim of attorney Vann Leonard surfaced recently. Gilbert Solleck filed suit against Mr. Leonard on May 31, 2011 in Madison County Circuit Court. Mr. Solleck claims he used Mr. Leonard's services to negotiate a reduction in a line of credit with the bank and gave money to Mr. Leonard at his direction to pay off the bank. The plaintiff claims Mr. Leonard did not make payments but instead, repeat after me class, kept the money.

This next paragraph is real interesting and makes one wonder if Mr. Solleck might have a lawsuit against the Bar:

"In March 2011, the Defendant told the Plaintiff that the Defendant was close to completing his negotiation to reduce the balance on the Plaintiff's home equity line of credit. The Defendant instructed the Plaintiff to submit an additional $20,000 to the Defendant for the purpose of completing the negotiation with the Plaintiff's bank and to pay off the Plaintiff's home equity line of credit. On March 31, 2011, the Plaintiff gave the Defendant an additional $20,000 to pay off the Plaintiff's home equity line of credit as the Plaintiff's agent and attorney."

Mr. Leonard was convicted of embezzlement in U.S. District Court in January. The Bar did not suspend Mr. Leonard's law license until MAY. Anyone see a problem?









7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of those what goes around comes around. Gilbert was caught billing for items not delivered and now this guy takes gilberts money and doesnt deliver. In a strange way it is justice.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sollek was exonerated. He committed no crime. These false allegations put the Solleks in an untenable financial situation, forcing them to make the loan in the first place. Get your facts straight. INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Anonymous said...

Just because he wasnt convicted doesnt mean he wasnt guilty.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI, the Mississippi Bar does does not have the power to suspend lawyers who enter guilty pleas to felonies. The Mississippi Supreme Court does. The Bar's job, specifically the General Counsel, is to forward a copy of the conviction to the Supreme Court and then they suspend the attorney. See State Bar Disciplinary Rule 6. In this case, we don't know WHEN the Supreme Court received Mr. Leonard's convction from the Bar. It could have been sitting up there for a while. As an aside, when an attorney enters a guilty plea that would result in license suspension, the sentencing judge advises the attorney that he is not to practice law.

Anonymous said...

To 9:24 a.m. I guess you believe everything anyone tells you? You don't think for yourself? What a dope.

Anonymous said...

You are either Gilbert or one of the family but in the day people in and around his business refered to it as "SCAMSCO" for a reason.

Anonymous said...

The Bar knew about Leonard's guilty plea before he entered it and agreed to let him keep practicing. It was supposed to be to wrap up his practice, but it allowed him to keep stealing. The Bar let itself get conned by a con man.

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