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Attorney Paul Cacchiotti of Everett, MA; convicted extortionist

The Massachusetts Supreme Court presented Paul C. Cacchiotti with a law license in 1974.
The Board of Bar Overseers found Paul guilty of the following misconduct.
  1. Neglecting legal matters entrusted to him
  2. Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
  3. Engaging in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation
  4. Failed to communicate with clients re: status of their legal matters
  5. Repeatedly failed to return client phone calls
  6. Engaged in extortionist conduct
  7. Guilty of committing perjury
  8. Knowingly caused harm to his clients
  9. Failed to provide competent legal services (moron)
Paul had to supplement his anemic income as a private lawyer by accepting appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants. Under Massachusetts law, attorneys working as public defenders are prohibited from requiring or soliciting any payment from an appointed client.
Paul was appointed to represent a criminal client in two cases on charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy. Paul advised the client that he could provide better representation if he paid him $3,000 in case. Subsequently, the client made two payments of $1,500 to Paul.
After receiving the $3,0000, Paul did little work on his cases and never again met with him. Paul failed to respond to the clients numerous requests on the status of his cases, which led him to fire Paul had retain another lawyer.
Over a four month period of time, Paul field four bills with government for the client’s representation which he certified under the pains of perjury that he not received and would not accept any payment for services other than from the government. The government then paid Paul’s bills.
Subsequently, Paul was convicted for attempted extortion of a client by soliciting payment for representing him as an indigent defendant. Paul was also convicted of larceny by false pretenses. Paul was sentenced two 2 years in prison followed by two years of probation and 400 hours of community service.
As one would expect, this wasn’t Paul’s 1st bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree. He previously received a complimentary admonition for engaging in some of the same type of misconduct aforementioned.
As a consequence of his misconduct, the apologists for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Board of Overseers punished Paul by disbarring him. However, after a few years, the comedians sitting on the Board voted to reinstate Paul the Felon’s law license.
It must be comforting to the folks living in the Boston area to know that there is yet another convicted felon practicing law compliments of the comedians sitting on the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
As we speak (ca. October 2012) Paul practices at 449 Broadway in Everett, Massachusetts, which is a suburb of Boston.
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