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Creative lawyering punished

Todd Macaluso gets five months' incarceration for forgery, etc.

San Diego attorney Todd Macaluso, who specialized in personal-injury lawsuits, was sentenced today (November 2) to five months in prison. A judge ordered him to pay $250,000 in fines and restitution.

Todd Macaluso

Macaluso has admitted that investors provided him with up-front money to fund his lawsuits. The investors would collect as much as 200 percent of the clients' recoveries. But many of his clients weren't told that — and were not told that their cases were being put up as collateral.

Macaluso admitted that he forged signatures of his clients, as well as notary stamps, to woo investors to put money in the pot. The high possible payouts put pressure on Macaluso to settle personal-injury cases quickly, but that was concealed from some clients, too, according to the court records.

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San Diego attorney Todd Macaluso, who specialized in personal-injury lawsuits, was sentenced today (November 2) to five months in prison. A judge ordered him to pay $250,000 in fines and restitution.

Todd Macaluso

Macaluso has admitted that investors provided him with up-front money to fund his lawsuits. The investors would collect as much as 200 percent of the clients' recoveries. But many of his clients weren't told that — and were not told that their cases were being put up as collateral.

Macaluso admitted that he forged signatures of his clients, as well as notary stamps, to woo investors to put money in the pot. The high possible payouts put pressure on Macaluso to settle personal-injury cases quickly, but that was concealed from some clients, too, according to the court records.

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Can we say "shyster", boys and girls? His photo should be in the dictionary along with the definition.

Nov. 2, 2015

Visduh: This does appear to be a rather slimy bag of tricks. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 2, 2015

Has he been disbarred?

Nov. 3, 2015

ImJustABill: The entry in the State Bar of California says he is ineligible to practice law. Often, someone is not disbarred until he or she emerges from prison. The reason is the slowness of the process. The bar tries to reach the lawyer. Then the state bar court holds a hearing. If it recommends disbarment, that will have to be finalized by the state supreme court. In the interim, the person may be suspended from practicing. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 3, 2015

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