Disbarred Florida Closing Attorney Who Got Bar Boot For Exposing Title Insurance Fund To $10M+ In Claims Exposure For Allegedly Failing To Record At Least 17 Deeds & 21 Mortgages Continued To Practice Law, Now Receives A 2nd "Permanent" Boot
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports:
- Okechukwu Josiah Odunna of Lauderhill was permanently banned after he first was disbarred in 2010 for appearing to be "causing great public harm."
Odunna was accused of failing "to record at least 17 original deeds and 21 original mortgages, exposing a title insurance fund to more than $10 million in claims exposure," according to Florida Bar records. "A Florida Bar compliance audit of Odunna's trust accounting records determined that he misappropriated more than $370,000 in client funds."(1)
This year he was found to still be practicing law. Odunna could not be reached for comment .
(1) The Florida Bar's Clients' Security Fund was established to reimburse clients who have suffered a loss due to misappropriation or embezzlement by a Florida-licensed attorney.
For similar "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds" that sometimes help cover the financial mess created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in other states and Canada, see:
- Directory Of Lawyers' Funds For Client Protection (now includes Canadian recovery funds, courtesy of the American Bar Association);
- Check the USA Client Protection Funds Map;
- Check the Canada Client Protection Funds Map.