Two longtime Martin County attorneys will face a public reprimand by the Florida Supreme Court followed by two years’ probation, in separate cases among 14 disciplinary actions announced last week by the Florida Bar.
Stuart-based Danie Victor Alexandre, who was admitted to the Bar in 1991, was placed on probation for two years effective immediately following a July 2 Florida Supreme Court order. Alexandre also must complete a trust accounting workshop and hire a certified public accountant to file quarterly audit reports with the Bar.
Alexandre failed to maintain the minimum required trust accounting records and failed to follow required trust accounting procedures, resulting in a check being accidentally issued against the trust account when insufficient funds were present, the Bar said in a news release. No client funds were threatened.
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Alexandre, a sole practitioner and self-described maverick, said the incident occurred a couple of months after the death of her eldest son and she asked a longtime employee to help her. She said she is considering ending her law practice and focusing on other activities, including mediation, fundraising, a credit repair business and helping immigrants from Haiti and other Latin American countries.
Tequesta-based Thomas Craft Jr., whose also was admitted to the Bar in 1991, accepted the consent decree after a Bar investigation found he failed to fulfill his ethically mandated supervisory responsibilities while affiliated with the Mortgage Council LLC, which was in the business of assisting consumers with loan modifications. He successfully performed his work as counsel for the consumers, the Bar said in the news release.
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In addition to a public reprimand followed by a two-year probation, Craft was ordered to pay restitution of $3,750 to a North Carolina couple as well as attend the Florida Bar Ethics School effective after a July 16 court order.
A consent judgment noted that Craft was remorseful, made a good faith effort to make restitution and had no dishonest or selfish motive.
Craft said the investigation was a long, fair and necessary process.
“I’m just glad to be moving on with the next chapter of my life,” he said.
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