CNMI, SAIPAN — Superior Court has ordered the disbarment of Saipan-based Filipino lawyer Danilo Aguilar after he was found guilty of money laundering in Guam.
“The court believes that Mr. Aguilar’s misconduct has resulted in serious injuries to the legal profession, many former clients, to the public, and to the legal system in general and finds that the appropriate discipline is disbarment,” Superior Court associate judge David Wiseman said in his six-page decision.
Aguilar was convicted after pleading guilty in September 2010 in Guam after admitting that he took $184,947.49 in proceeds from a fake Citibank cashier’s check. He was given 60 months probation, full payment of restitution, among other conditions.
The report said that Aguilar was charged due to his response to an email solicitation which turned out to be an international Internet fraud scheme in Hong Kong that targeted lawyers.
Aguilar will not be practicing law for five years and in order to resume practice he will have to take the CNMI bar exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. (Saipan Tribune)