LANSING – A former attorney who lost his license on criminal conviction pleaded guilty to additional charges, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.
Charles Malette, 40, is a retired attorney in the Chippewa County area. His license was revoked last year after a court hearing for aggravated stalking.
On Tuesday, Malette pleaded guilty to a number of perjury, a 15 year crime, and a number of false deceptions, a five year crime.
As part of the plea agreement, three embezzlement charges were dropped, although Malette agreed to reimburse over $ 50,000 in connection with these allegations.
The embezzlement costs come from three former clients who claimed they paid Malette to file legal complaints, but he never completed the work.
The perjury charge emerges from an investigation into the defendant’s activities on a website called MyLife.com, which is described as a database for searching people’s reputations. Detectives checked the posts on the site during their investigation into the originally aggravated stalking charges against Malette. Later in Luce County, Malette testified during an oath termination hearing that he was unaware of the location.
Malette admitted Tuesday that he blamed himself for making these statements and that he knew the site and had used the site before.
“Licensed attorneys must adhere to the high standards set out in both legal and ethical codes.” Said nettle. “I am proud of the work my team has done to reach this agreement with Mr. Malette.”
A sentencing date is scheduled for June 29 in the Chippewa County Circuit Court.
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