ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando area attorney faces a potential lockdown after clients claimed he took their money and stopped responding.
Justin Infurna failed to show up for his own sanctions hearing on Monday morning.
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The hearing was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in January after the Florida Bar Association requested an emergency suspension of Infurna’s statutory license.
The club filed complaints from 37 customers and two former employees, accusing them of breaking 92 rules.
Bonnie Grillakis, who testified Monday, said she was one of Infurna’s customers.
“This is a slam dunk,” she said, Infurna told her. “Don’t worry about the other lawyers. I can take care of it. “
Grillakis said she paid Infurna $ 7,500 to help her with a medical misconduct case after her 9-year-old grandson died.
She said that after she paid him he stopped responding to her.
“Sorry after sorry after sorry. That’s all I’ve ever gotten, ”she said.
Shannon Johnson said he paid Infurna $ 15,000 to help with a real estate problem.
“(He said) it was a slam dunk case,” he also told a judge at the hearing.
He said Infurna had not filed any documents in court for a period of two years and when he wanted his money back, Infurna refused.
“I’m just a worker. Fifteen thousand dollars … it hurts, ”he said.
Monday’s hearing was intended to see if there was enough evidence to justify the state Supreme Court banning Infurna.
After three hours of testimony, Judge Michelle Naberhaus said she would recommend a lockdown.
“Mr. Infurna’s behavior is really shameful. It has harmed the public and the reputation of the legal system,” she said. “There is absolutely no doubt about that.”
Naberhaus said customers who filed complaints with the Florida Bar Association and the Florida Supreme Court could be reimbursed from the Client Security Fund. She also said she wanted Infurna to reimburse the fund for the money it pays to its clients.
Their recommendations will be summarized in a report due in Tallahassee no later than April 5th.
It will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final decision.
News 6 contacted Infurna for comment, but he did not respond.
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