High court suspends law license

July 19, 2002|By Andrea Siegel and Dennis O'Brien | Andrea Siegel and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

The state's highest court temporarily suspended the law license of Towson lawyer Robert A. DiCicco yesterday, saying he was sloppy in the handling of his law practice funds.

The Court of Appeals did not find that he had intentionally misappropriated clients' money from 1997 to 1999, but said he was negligent in handling accounts and did not keep separate client trust accounts as required.

The indefinite suspension, however, could be brief. It allows DiCicco, a lawyer for nearly 38 years, to seek readmission after 90 days.

DiCicco was the treasurer of former Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen's failed 1990 re-election bid.

Neither DiCicco nor his attorney could be reached for comment yesterday. But there may be more to his financial issues.

Records in Baltimore County Circuit Court show that Eastern Savings Bank, based in Hunt Valley, foreclosed on the home DiCicco shared with his wife, Emily, in the 12000 block of Harford Road in Glen Arm. The bank auctioned the house June 12, after DiCicco failed to make the $4,385 monthly payments required as part of a $483,347 loan that he obtained June 22, 1998.

When Eastern Savings auctioned the house, six other creditors had filed liens on the property. They included the state comptroller, whose lawyers filed garnishment papers showing that DiCicco owed $6,557 in back taxes to the state as of Sept. 23, 2000.

The Court of Appeals ruling says the state's Attorney Grievance Commission asked county prosecutors to look into allegations involving DiCicco.

"I can confirm that we have a complaint, and we are dealing with it," said Frank C. Meyer, chief of the investigations division of the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.

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