Cross said that after her mother died, the estate's executor wrote Albertson a check for $28,000, thinking it would be deposited into a trust account for her brother, who had health problems.
"He never put the check into the trust," Cross told the Gazette on Wednesday. She said she's still trying to get the money back.
Attorneys with the ODC agreed, and in its charges state that Albertson, "wrongfully commingled, misappropriated and converted the $28,070 to his own personal use [and] misrepresented to Ms. Cross that the funds were in 'escrow.'"
According to the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorneys are required to keep a separate bank account for safekeeping their client's funds. The ODC also accused Albertson of misconduct: engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, among other charges.
In September, Albertson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to federal court records.
Last year, five complaints filed against him resulted in charges over, among other things, safekeeping property and delayed responses and actions. Both sets of charges are still pending, according to an employee in the Supreme Court clerk's office.
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