Lawyer Loses Bar Ticket, Gets The Boot After Admitting To Ripping Off Ten Clients While Running Loan Modification Racket
From the July, 2013 issue of the California Bar Journal:
- JERRY ALONZO STEVENSON [#262798], 43, of San Diego was disbarred May 10, 2013, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and to make restitution.
Stevenson stipulated to misconduct in 11 client matters, the majority of which involved home loan modification services. Practicing law using the business names Platinum Law Center, Platinum Law Group, Principal Law Group and La Brea Law Group, Stevenson mailed out letters to homeowners offering loan modification services that sought to confuse, mislead or deceive the public, took advanced fees from 10 clients before performing all the loan modification services he agreed to, failed to return unearned fees, failed to perform legal services with competence, shared fees with a non-lawyer, and failed to respond to reasonable inquiries from clients about their cases, among other misconduct.
Stevenson also stipulated to similar misconduct in a case he handled on behalf of a woman seeking to restructure her credit card debts. He was ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution, plus interest.