City lawyer indicted on theft charges

July 24, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A Baltimore lawyer has been indicted and arrested on charges of stealing more than $300,000 awarded to clients in medical malpractice and accident cases, the city state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

The indictment, handed down Tuesday by a grand jury, charges Raymond A. Tubman, 35, with two counts of felony theft and one count of forgery. Mr. Tubman, who lives in the Harbor Courts condominiums on Lee Street and has an office in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St., surrendered yesterday at the state's attorney's office. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 9.

If convicted of the charges, Mr. Tubman would face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms said.

Prosecutors said Mr. Tubman stole his clients' shares of checks awarded after a medical malpractice case and an accident case last summer. A co-counsel to Mr. Tubman told the state's attorney's office in October that Mr. Tubman deposited a $352,000 check from the malpractice case and used the funds for his own purpose rather than distributing the money.

In the other case, Mr. Tubman is charged with depositing into his checking account a $27,500 check from an insurance company in an accident case. The check was endorsed with the victim's and Mr. Tubman's names, but the victim never saw the check or received any money, prosecutors said.

Mr. Tubman was admitted to practice law in 1983 after earning an undergraduate degree at Towson State University and a law degree at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. City prosecutors said he is the fourth attorney to be indicted on theft charges in the past year. The other three lawyers have been convicted, prosecutors said.

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