Saturday, November 10, 2012

Former GA and AL Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Identity Fraud and Forgery

A former local attorney accused of forging legal papers and stealing another lawyer's identity pleaded guilty Wednesday to the accusations in Muscogee County Superior Court, authorities said.

Elliott J. Vogt, 34, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft by conversion, two counts of first-degree forgery and one count of identity fraud. Judge John Allen sentenced Vogt to a year in the Muscogee County Prison, followed by nine years' probation, Assistant District Attorney Doug Breault said.

"He had people pay him fees to do domestic relations work, and he didn't do any of the work," Breault said. "It caused great suffering to the parties involved. He also pretended to be a lawyer."

Vogt has paid some $25,000 in restitution in the Muscogee County case, Breault said. Vogt also was ordered to pay an additional $15,000 to a victim who incurred attorney's fees because of his actions.

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Former Local Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Identity Fraud and Forgery


Thelma said...

A year plus nine months probation?
What happens after that?
He gets licensed again?

Lacey said...

I'm afraid you hit the nail right on the head, Thelma.

Elliott Vogt will be licensed and right back at it before anyone knows it.

StandUp said...

He's pretty young to have decided to throw his life away. What a shame and an embarrassment to the legal profession.

Mark Israel said...

This is the attorney that (mis) represented me in Georgia when I was trying to help my father. What he did was wrong, and he is paying a price. He will never practice law again. He got caught. What the guardian, conservator, probate court and lawyers who worked for them did them was much, much worse. They have not been caught (so far) in this lifetime.