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Ex Carlsbad Attorney Patricia Gregory to Serve One Year in Jail

Photo of Patricia Gregory by Nick Morris
Photo of Patricia Gregory by Nick Morris

Two former clients of disbarred attorney Patricia Gregory had the satisfaction of seeing the admitted thief put into handcuffs in the Vista courthouse on February 24.

The victims, Denise Doll and Luwain Ng, complained to the judge that Gregory “has been allowed to walk free” for years while her case progressed through the State Bar system and then the criminal courts.

In a plea deal last month, 62-year-old Gregory admitted “fraudulent appropriation” of money from her clients’ accounts. The thefts happened in 2007 and 2008.

“She’s very much sorry she’s caught, said Denise Doll who did not believe Gregory was repentant. Luwain told the judge, “I implore the court not to continue coddling the defendant.”

Both victims expressed outrage that Gregory took advantage of her clients when they were “most vulnerable,” when they were divorcing. The former Carlsbad attorney had specialized in family law.

Superior court judge Kimberlee Lagotta noted the “severe financial and emotional blow” to the victims when she ordered Gregory to serve 365 days in local custody. A restitution hearing has been set for next month.

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Photo of Patricia Gregory by Nick Morris
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Two former clients of disbarred attorney Patricia Gregory had the satisfaction of seeing the admitted thief put into handcuffs in the Vista courthouse on February 24.

The victims, Denise Doll and Luwain Ng, complained to the judge that Gregory “has been allowed to walk free” for years while her case progressed through the State Bar system and then the criminal courts.

In a plea deal last month, 62-year-old Gregory admitted “fraudulent appropriation” of money from her clients’ accounts. The thefts happened in 2007 and 2008.

“She’s very much sorry she’s caught, said Denise Doll who did not believe Gregory was repentant. Luwain told the judge, “I implore the court not to continue coddling the defendant.”

Both victims expressed outrage that Gregory took advantage of her clients when they were “most vulnerable,” when they were divorcing. The former Carlsbad attorney had specialized in family law.

Superior court judge Kimberlee Lagotta noted the “severe financial and emotional blow” to the victims when she ordered Gregory to serve 365 days in local custody. A restitution hearing has been set for next month.

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Farewell to this thief and liar and former San Diego District Attorney employee & pal of Dirty Dumanis. Do you suppose that at one time, Gregory might have been a decent sort but then when she got mixed in with all the greed, lies, corruption, and malfeasance that takes place at the downtown "Hall of Justice," it demonized her. This is the tragic result-with a POS heading off to a prison sentence and two very legitimately upset victims who wanted their money back. Too bad, Bonnie--another strike against your negligible qualifications to be the next Mayor!

Feb. 25, 2012

Yippeee!!! Patricia Gregory will never practice law again! Horray for ALL the people she hurt. Hope Gregory has a wonderful time in her new resort jail for a year!! Yippeeee!!!! Las Colinas here she comes!!! Hope she meets many new friends there!

Feb. 25, 2012

It looks as of the Lawyers' Club (a chapter of the Liar's Club) connection was broken here. A judge actually getting semi-tough with a fellow attorney? Gasp! Sorry, Guest, they'll probably put her in protective custody and not in with the usual jail population.

Feb. 25, 2012

A judge actually getting semi-tough with a fellow attorney?

I would hardly call a year in count tough when there were 12 felony counts charged, I call it a gift.

She will be in the general population. Only cops/judges/DA's get protective custody. And you do NOT want it, b/c it is usually solitary for 23 hours a day in a cell. You want to be with everyone else.

Feb. 25, 2012

"Semi-tough" was a dumb book written, oh, about 40 years ago that was a spoof of a spoof or so I thought. I thought you'd see the satire in my use of the term, instead of just saying "tough." Three years of hard time at Corcoran, or where ever it is they house the women prisoners, would have been far more appropriate. But, you see, this judge thought she was really throwing Gregory under the bus with that sentence, and the aggrieved folks weren't expecting any jail time for her at all. It's all in how you look at it.

Feb. 25, 2012

Yes-"Semi Tough" was made into a cool film with Nick Nolte!

She got off so easy it is shocking.

Feb. 25, 2012

LOL...a year in jail, Ooh...that will teach those white collar criminals, who have and OWE a FIDUCUARY DUTY, to not break the law.

Think about it-she was charged with 12 COUNTEM [email protected]!!! felonies and she only gets a year in COUNTY-not even the Pen!!!!

This was a Christmas gift. It really was.

Feb. 25, 2012

We all agree that more prison time would have been better. However, Dumanis did not even want to charge Gregory at first. Maybe Dumanis should do the rest of the time. Say 4 years in prison for obstruction of justice? The plea bargin set a maximum of 1 year in jail with 5 years Formal Probation.

Patricia Gregory GOT the maximum. Bonnie Dumnais the hard core gay advocate protected Gregory for a long time. We all know that. I further believe the judge would have given Gregory 3 years in prison if it was not for the plea bargin.

Gregory's attorneys were actually the ones who did Gregory absolutely no good in my opinion. I mean WHY would they plea bargin if their "pillar of the community" fellow scumbag attorney friend Patricia Gregory wanted to go all the way, which would have taken 5 more years of BS the plantiffs would of had to go through. The DA had the opportunity to plea for a longer maximum sentence but they did not because of some mysterious reasons. Being that Gregory is a "thief and a con" I can only believe she was probably scamming her fantastic fellow lawyer defense attorneys.

The facts are the Gregory camp lost. They lost keeping Gregory out of jail. Las Colinas is NOT a walk in the park and neither is Vista jail.

Patricia Gregory lost her ticket to practice law forever being disbarred. The people believe she probably will not stop practicing law once released. Her attorneys argued for her to work as a paralegal once released. LOL! Are these guys jokers?

Patricia Gregory also got 5 years of Formal Probation along with the 1 year sentenced, plus lost her state bar ticket. Most think Gregory should have gotten more time however with her track record there is a posibility that Gregory could go back to jail for probation violations. 5 years formal probation is not a walk in the park either. The people won. Gregory and her attorney's lost.

Gregory Lost her law license.

Gregory got a year in jail.

Gregory got five years formal probation.

Gregory has hundreds of thousands of dollars of non-dismisable debt.

Gregory is a felon for life.

5 points for the people. Zero Gregory.

Yipee!

Feb. 25, 2012

Gregory is a felon for life.

She is NOT a felon for life.

Her felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor at anytime in the future after she has finished probation. Not only that her misdemeanor can then be completely dismissed and she can ask the State Bar to reinstate her law license. You are very ignorant or just unaware of how the legal system works GS if you think she is a "felon for life".

There was a Deputy DA, #3 DDA in the DA office under Paul Pfingst, who coached a witness to LIE under OATH in a MURDER Trial. Guess what, he WAS convicted a felon too, originally charged with 15 felonies, he plead out to one and he did exactly what I just listed-and he ALSO has his law license back. Let me repeat that, the #3 DDA in San Diego coached a witness to lie under oath-PERJURY!(I won't even go into the other obstruction if justice acts he engaged in) and then did a plea to one felony which was later reduced to a misdemeanor after 2 short years of probation and the misdemeanor was then dismissed too.

You are a fool if you think the system works.

Feb. 25, 2012

Maybe the other prisoners will give Gregory the broomstick initiation when she arrives at Las Colinas.

Feb. 25, 2012

Here is Ms. Sunshine's booking and custody info (type in her name);

http://apps.sdsheriff.net/wij/wij.aspx

OMG!! She is NOT EVEN GOING TO DO A FULL YEAR!!!

She is getting Penal Code Section 4019 "Good Time" custody credits, she will ONLY do HALF a year-6 months!!!

She gets out August 25, 2012.

Oh brother!

The IDIOT DA and the IDIOT judge SHOULD have made her WAIVE those 4019 good time custody credits in the Plea Deal.

What a bunch of friggen losers. Un friggen believable. That blows my mind they would not make her waive those credits on a 12 felony count indictment.

Feb. 25, 2012

If anyone thinks for a second there are NOT two sets of laws in this country after seeing this-one for the rich or politically connected and one for everyone else- they are off their friggen rocker.

I am furious over this case. It is burning me up inside so much I can hardly type.

Feb. 25, 2012

Hey, Pup, tell us how you REALLY feel.

Feb. 25, 2012

I say the warthog does 1 year. Gregory WILL frick up. Who wants to bet? Gregory most likely WILL mess up the formal probation and be sent to prison next time to. She is a liar, a thief, and a con scam artist.

Patricia Gregory WILL be a felon for life and will NEVER get her license to steal back.

SurfPuppy you better go back to law school and get your facts straight before you post crap.

A felon is a felon for life.

Feb. 25, 2012

Patricia Gregory WILL be a felon for life and will NEVER get her license to steal back.

Wrong you idiot fool, as usual you have no clue about the law or how it works, and to be honest I can not explain it to a dork with the IQ of a circus chimp. / /

SurfPuppy you better go back to law school and get your facts straight before you post crap.

A felon is a felon for life.

==== Again, as usual you have no clue about the law. The law allows a felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor. The law further allows a misdemeanor to be expunged, or dismissed.

Go back to third grade fool. Better to keep mouth shut and be thought the fool than to open mouth and remove all doubt-you have removed all doubt you are a fool- but everyone here already knows that from the other comments you posted about this case in other blogs here.

Feb. 25, 2012

Hey GS, sorry for unloading on you-but I am very upset with the way this case was handled by the system.

I have seen people with traffic tickets, which have turned into warrants by inattention, do more time than Gregory. And that is very upsetting to me.

I also am fairly well versed on the system and know 4019 credits can absolutely be waived and to allow Gregory to do only 6 months w/o waiving the 4019 credits upsets me deeply. Not b/c I was burned by her (like you may have been) but b/c it makes our system look like a banana republic where the poor and middle class get reamed, and connected few like Gregory get the sweetest deal no one could have ever imagined in their wildest dreams.

So anyway no hard feelings.

I am very upset over Gregorys case and the entire system.

Feb. 27, 2012

surfpuppy said ....The IDIOT DA and the IDIOT judge SHOULD have made her WAIVE those 4019 good time custody credits in the Plea Deal.

SP you cannot waive a state law created by our liberal scumbag state. In order to change the new law 4019 it has to be appealed by the Sheriffs Dept. Orange County Sheriff Dept is now in the works of trying to appeal the scumbag liberal 4019 let em go law. This is a legislation law backed by scumbag Brown. California is a liberal state and criminals get way with every crime you can imagine. You can thank all the scumbag gang members over crowding the system of jail and prisons, and scumbag Brown and the rest of the Obama administration letting illegal aliens live here in this state and enter and stay in this country illegally while they destroy our nation internally.

It is a trickle down system and only the victims suffer. We need MORE prisons and a better protection policy for all the good people of this country.

You CANNOT WAIVE A STATE LAW. It will be appealed soon.

Feb. 25, 2012

You are without a doubt dumber than a bag of rocks.

4019 custody credits are WAIVED EVERYDAY, in every county in this state. The plea form has a box right there on the form for waiving them.

Go home junior, you have no clue about the law or about anything else. You truly are the biggest fool posting here.

Hey Dork, go to the sheriffs website-I posted the link so even a dork like you can figure out how to look up her sentence, she gets out August 25, 2012. For your mentally challenged pea brain that IS 6 motnhs. So she is certainly getting 4019 credits and they were not waived.

Feb. 26, 2012

Hey GuestDork, here is a San Diego case decided last year- where 4019 credits were WAIVED.

Footnotes 2 and 3.

Man, I love to spank dorks like you with facts!

http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20CACO%2020110114013.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR

http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/mainCaseScreen.cfm?dist=41&doc_id=1941799&doc_no=D057250

Feb. 26, 2012

Surfpuppy sounds like a spoiled kid who lost his law license and now wants to be the judge, jury, and disbarred no-it-all lawyer. The cases he sent dead links to stated are violent crimes no doubt which the 4019 rule does not apply to. So go ahead "dorkboy" and get your last say in like every spolied brat does. I am over and out. No more wasting my time with spoiled wannabe lawyers who know the State Bar by default. And for Patricia Gregory? I hope she rots in jail and never comes out. Dammm ..... How I really HATE liar defense lawyers! LOL!

Feb. 26, 2012

I spanked you pretty hard on those 4019 credits GS. Just like I spanked you ob State Bar Court a few months back. And the case I sent is People v Joseph Robinson and it is NOT violent crime, it is a DUI case. In addition ALL "violent crimes" are sent to STATE prison, not county jails.

Like I said, when you have an IQ as low as yours it makes it hard for knowledgeable people like me to educate you.

You sound like a wannabe paralegal who dropped out of junior high school and is now trying to play lawyer-joke central.

So Google the case yourself, or better yet go down to 22o W Broadway, go to the forms section int he clerks office and pull a criminal complaint form, and look at the box that says "WAIVES 4019 CREDITS"!

BTW- here is the DUI case, footnote 2 and 3 waiving 4019 credits-Google is your friend;

PEOPLE v. ROBINSON

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. JOSEPH ROBINSON, Defendant and Appellant.

No. D057250.

Feb. 26, 2012

I agree with SurfPuppy. Here are my thoughts; The SD County Sherriff shows her “projected” release date 8/25/2012. Las Colinas is notoriously overcrowded and some cells hold 6 to 7 women, with one having to sleep on the floor. I predict she will be released in 3 to 4 months.

I recall watching the sentencing testimony of Gregory’s lawyer. He told the judge she had “suffered enough” and among other things, had “filed bankruptcy. Yet there is no record of a bankruptcy for her in any of the three bankruptcy court districts in California. Did I mishear something?

I also understand that restitution is only monitored by the court during her probation period. Recent court cases in San Diego have let offenders pay as little as $100 a month for victim’s debts of $400,000 and more. It is more likely that Gregory will pay less than $10,000 (if that) before her probation ends. Then it reverts to a civil claim and the victims have to use good money to chase bad. You cannot get blood out of a turnip.

Gregory, as In Pro Per, will spend her free days filing motions to reduce and expunge her crimes from the record. As long as she is paying her restitution, the courts will entertain her motions. Therefore, she’ll serve about 4 months in jail, pay less than $10,000 is restitution and clean up her record before she is 65 years old. I do not enjoy my prediction because Patricia Gregory equally disgusts me. She was miserable to deal with and my lawyer said she was the worst lawyer he had faced in years of Family Practice. She lied to my attorney, the judge and me. If I could have helped in this case, I would have. As the third victim in the indictment, I had little left to gain by also joining the victims.

As far as the remarks about her treatment in Las Colinas, most jailed lawyers are well treated by the deputies and inmates. Lawyers behind bars are sought for their help in legal matters and connections. Jail is not fun at any rate, but I feel she will be treated better than the typical inmate. She may immediately be given a position as trustee. Kind of weird irony considering she is jailed for not being trust worthy. Nonetheless, there are other changes to her predicament that she might try to pursue. One of those is “electronic release” with an ankle bracelet (house arrest), work release or weekend jail (as is offered in Vista).

Feb. 26, 2012

Is this perjury? Contempt of court? If so, why isn't it being prosecuted as such?

". . . testimony of Gregory’s lawyer. He told the judge she had “suffered enough” and among other things, had “filed bankruptcy. Yet there is no record of a bankruptcy for her in any of the three bankruptcy court districts in California."

Feb. 26, 2012

Here are my thoughts; The SD County Sheriff shows her “projected” release date 8/25/2012. Las Colinas is notoriously overcrowded and some cells hold 6 to 7 women, with one having to sleep on the floor. I predict she will be released in 3 to 4 months.

The women's jail is only at 70% capacity so no female prisoners will get "early kicks".

She will do the full 6 months. Even the men's jail, which is at 90% capacity, uses the "early kick" program sparingly and when they do use it the MOST an inmate will get kicked is 10%. So there is no way Gregory is getting out before 8-25-12 IMO. If for some bizarre reason the female section does fill up the most she will get on an early kick is 10%, or 2-3 weeks.

I am so outraged at her 6 month half sentence that the early kick possibility is really insignificant in what she has already gotten away with.

Feb. 26, 2012

Cont...

This case is a win for the victims and the public, who could have been future victims. If not for their dogged pursuit of Gregory, she would continue to practice law and to steal from more clients. DA Bonnie Dumanis dragged her feet until independent writer Bonnie Russell broke the story and Watchdog column journalists Jeff McDonald and Aaron Burgin followed and updated the story in the U-T San Diego. (Thanks to all of them for their hard work.) For the victims, the case is not over. A civil case and enforcing restitution is the next road ahead. However, this case is more than two victims; it is a glimpse of the good old boys network (which includes women of course) in the San Diego criminal justice and judicial system. It is about bad lawyers who get an insignificant punishment and the ones we never hear about because their crimes are swept under the rug. This indeed is a case of David and Goliath.

Feb. 26, 2012

And indeed the punishment is INSIGNIFICANT. Which is why I was shocked to see that Gregory was receiving the good time credits for her one year in jail, making her real jail time a measly 6 months.

That is outrageous

.I just cannot get over how light of a sentence she received. She had a 12 or 13 count felony indictment, and pleads out to a single felony and only one year in the slammer-that alone is a GIFT. Then to find out the DA did NOT require Gregory to waive the 4019 good time credits is so outrageous I cannot even put it into words. If the DA went to trial Gregory would have been convicted on ALL counts and been given 20+ years in prison. To get away with only a 6 month sentence facing that kind of liability shows how much of a banana republic we are-with two sets of law-one for the connected and another set for everyone else.

Simply outrageous.

Feb. 26, 2012

It is about bad lawyers who get an insignificant punishment

No, it is about something much LARGER than bad lawyers getting a slap on the wrist-this is about a broken system.

Our system is upside down and resembles more of a third world country today than America we knew in the past.

Or maybe it has always been this bad and I never realized or noticed it before.

Feb. 26, 2012

Assuming Gregory starts collecting early social security benefits at age 62, I estimate her monthly income at between $3,000 and $4,000 per month. My understanding is that Gregory divorced a military officer, and receives a share of his pension. Her share of her ex-husband's pension is probably at least $2,000 per month. Most retired officers receive pensions in the range of $6,000 to $8,000 per month, depending on rank and years of service. By act of Congress social security benefits and military pensions have been placed beyond the reach of creditors. Social security and military pensions cannot be levied, liened, garnished, or attached. Gregory will serve her stint in jail and upon release will rent a nice apartment and have enough income to live in comfort. Her victims will not receive a dime as she is judgement proof.

Feb. 26, 2012

Her victims will not receive a dime as she is judgement proof.

You are 100% correct B. She is judgement proof.

And face it, at her age (62??) she is not going to be making any money even if she WANTED to (and were able to get her law license reinstated).

There is simply no job market for anyone over 40 today-with or without a degree or job skills, and that is 100 times more true for those over 60.

Feb. 26, 2012

Bonnie Dumanis = culture of corruption.

Feb. 28, 2012

That thing patrica gregory is the most ugly beast of a woman?, I have ever seen. That pond scum will not be liked in jail. It will be treated like sheeit. The former clients can make her life a living hell to make the restitution order by the probation officers. One screw up and back to no-penis colinas.

Feb. 28, 2012

She is not going to make restitution, she will have no means to do it. She could not even do it as a lawyer.

As B said earlier-she's judgment proof IMO.

Feb. 28, 2012

I think all people who have been hurt by this ex lawyer felon Patricia Gregory should pool together in common friendship to bring true justice to all victims of this felon. From hear-say reporting not fully public info, we hear many in the justice system, police dept, and sheriff dept are proud to be part of this rare white collar crime that did end with TRUE jail time and a 5 year formal probation. Many white collar criminals DO get away with jail time and prison. Just ask Bonnie Dumanis.

Granted Gregory has maybe the 50% release ticket, the defendant IS doing true jail time.

I for one believe Gregory will do hard time in the real sense of the word. Las Colinas is much worst in some and many ways than state prison. If ALL victims and other clients that believe they were conned by this felonious ex lawyer come forward now, maybe there will be a more JUST sentence with another trail.

I believe also that the victims working close with the probation dept can bring more facts to the case that will bring Patricia Gregory to a must pay restitution of more jail time ticket.

I believe there is possibly MANY more victims out there hiding that have been maybe threatened by this felon NOT to come forward and prosecute her. This fleon did every trick in the book no doubt.

Gregeory's lawyers LOST this case. Some lawyers are professional liars. Or ... isn't that ALL lawyers?

Patricia Gregory will be branded for the end of time and her natural life as a thieving jailbird felon. Maybe also more attorneys, and maybe judges Gregory knows, will be possibly judged by the system for their lies and thefts also.

Feb. 29, 2012

She reminds me of Betty Broderick. People like her are psychotic and never learn. The problem here in SD are the lame judges that refuse to hand down sentences that make people pay. City hall and the courts are so messed up and will probably never change.

March 2, 2012

Broderick was WRONG, but come on, Dan would never win upstanding husband of the year award..........

March 3, 2012

Just exactly what facts did you use in your diagnosis of Dan Broderick? What exactly did he do or not do that he deserved to be murdered?

March 3, 2012

No one deserves to be MURDERED, not Dan Broderick and certainly not his new wife. BB killed them in cold blood.

But he was a major contributor to the families meltdown and problems by being an underhanded, manipulative scammer. His behaviour was well documented at the trials and the first trial was hung based on his behavior. So he certainly was a major part of the meltdown.

I felt sad for the children, they lost their father, and then their mother was sent to prison for life. That is so sad and awful that those kids had to go through that. Dan AND Betty were BOTH to blame IMO. And their children are the ones who suffered.

BTW, there is a Dan Brodeick IV who was hired to run Busienss Real Estate Brokerage in UTC, I assume that is their son- he was just a young boy when this all went down.

March 4, 2012

Egocentrism is THE universal poison and most people metabolize too much of it.

March 4, 2012

I don't know what it really feels like to be robbed by this demon. Gregory's clients were robbed of thousands of dollars. I believe this thief could possibly have more victims out there. The DA said they did have two more who would not come forward and join the other robbed clients in this case. Gregory in my opinon will never have any remorse. Never learn. Never repent. This has got to be one of the most evil people we have ever seen. She makes Betty Broderick look like Miss America, and let us not forget about that wonderful woman Jane Dorotik either. It's a wonderful world we live in to have these thieves and killers who perpetrate hideous crimes on the ones that loved or ones who trusted them.

March 2, 2012

Former attorney Patricia Gregory, 64, was a no-show in court this month, on January 9 2015. Three years ago she admitted “misappropriating” funds from the account of one of her divorce clients, and she agreed to pay restitution. The disbarred attorney was “NOT in compliance with restitution payments,” according to judge K. Michael Kirkman, and he ordered her to be present on February 6, 2015, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

Jan. 29, 2015

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