The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with this Court recommending that HOWARD M. STROGER of MORRISTOWN, who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1969, be disbarred, and good cause appearing;
It is ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted; and it is further
Ordered that HOWARD M. STROGER be disbarred from the practice of law and that his name be stricken from the roll
of attorneys of this State, effective immediately; and it is further
Ordered HOWARD M. STROGER be and hereby is permanently restrained and enjoined from practicing law; and it is further
Ordered that HOWARD M. STROGER reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs.
Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board
This matter is before the Board on a Motion for Final Discipline filed by the Office of Attorney Ethics. This is based on Respondent's guilty plea to a charge of embezzlement, contrary to N.J.S.A. 2A:102-2 and 2A:102-5.
On March 10, 1981, a Morris County grand jury handed up indictment 365-80-J against Respondent. He was charged with embezzling funds belonging to the estate of Robert Paczkowski which had been bequeathed to the American Red Cross. He was charged with defrauding the estate between February 1 and August 31, 1979 (Count 1, contrary to N.J.S.A. 2A:102-2 and 2A:102-5). He was further charged with failing to make required disposition of property received, the same estate funds, between January 1, 1979, and May 2, 1980 (Count 2, contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:20-9).
Respondent had been retained by Genevieve Radziewicz to represent her as executrix of the estate of Robert Paczkowski, who died in January 1978. The will provided Mrs. Radziewicz with a specific bequest of $15,000 and left the balance to the American Red Cross. The estate had a value of $129,000 and after allowances for various ...