Lawyer in bad checks suspended for fault
A Las Vegas lawyer accused of writing $ 400,000 in bad checks has been suspended from practicing law in Nevada for five years, according to a court ruling on Friday.
The Nevada Supreme Court said it agreed with a decision by a Nevada State Bar Disciplinary Committee that Brian Christopher Padgett, 47, was at fault.
Padgett was arrested in August for writing two checks for $ 350,000 and $ 50,000, with prosecutors saying he did not have enough funds in his bank account to cover the amounts. He is due to be tried in October for a crime related to bad checks.
The state bar discipline committee also recommended that his license be revoked for misconduct involving two former Padgett clients. The committee said one of the complaints upheld concerned a former client who accused Padgett of taking a $ 152,000 civil judgment in district court without his knowledge.
The second sustained complaint concerns a former employee of Padgett’s marijuana company, CWNevada, who said Padgett persuaded him to take civil liability by promising that Padgett would reimburse her. He never did.
Padgett’s marijuana business has been the subject of numerous disputes in district court, with creditors claiming the company has not paid its bills. In July, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board voted to revoke more than a dozen licenses from the company on charges of fraud and unpaid taxes.
And, in September, a Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation found that Padgett had used cocaine with a woman in 2017 who died of a drug overdose. The lawyer never called authorities to report the woman’s condition, but he was never arrested or charged with the death.