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New York Attorney Suspended for Hiding Bankruptcy Debtor’s ID

Feb. 4, 2019, 7:28 PM

A New York attorney had his licensed suspended after he purposefully lied on a bankruptcy petition to hide his client’s identity and help her ward off a property foreclosure.

Other rules violations and William Sedor’s disciplinary history warranted a two-year suspension, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division said Feb. 1

Sedor filed the bankruptcy petition to hide his client’s identity by misspelling her name, and not including her aliases, Social Security number, business name, or fact she’d filed two previous bankruptcy petitions, the court said. The bankruptcy was filed the same day the foreclosure was supposed to be filed to stop that process, it said.

In three other bankruptcies, Sedor filed petitions with material errors and omissions without making reasonable inquiries into the cases, the court said.

Sedor also failed to disclose conflicts of interest he had while representing his homeowners’ association and 10 other association members in a septic tank dispute with another association member, the court said.

Sedor made false statements to a tribunal, failed to act diligently on behalf of his clients, and engaged in impermissible conflicts, the court said.

The two-year suspension was based in part on Sedor’s failure to show remorse and the fact he was suspended twice before for dishonesty and lack of candor during the disciplinary process.

The case is In re Sedor, 2019 BL 34230, N.Y. App. Div., 2/1/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bernie Pazanowski in Washington at bpazanowski@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com

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