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Former Baltimore Co. attorney pleads guilty to stealing $75k from clients

A former Baltimore County attorney who was disbarred by consent last year pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $75,000 from clients in his law practice, the state prosecutor’s office announced today.

Roger L. Harris Jr. forged signatures on settlement checks and deposited the checks into his personal bank account. Harris also negotiated for reduced costs from third-party medical providers for his clients and kept the extra settlement money for himself, the state prosecutor’s office said.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Harris to two years suspended with three years unsupervised probation and two judgments of restitution, the state prosecutor’s office said.

“Attorneys hold a duty to act in the best interest of their client. A breach of this duty affects the client as well as society as a whole,” said State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt in a news release.

Harris was disbarred on May 25, 2017, by the Court of Appeals after he acknowledged there was enough evidence to prove allegations that he broke 10 of the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct, according to court records.

The case was referred to the state prosecutor’s office by the Attorney Grievance Commission and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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