Guy James Mangano, P.J. , Lawrence J. Bracken , Sondra Miller , Cornelius J. O'brien , David S. Ritter, JJ.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam
Resignation tendered pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.9 by Brent Joseph Kaufman, who was admitted to the practice of law on July 24, 1996, at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department.
Brent Joseph Kaufman has submitted an affidavit, dated August 31, 1999, in which he tenders his resignation as an attorney and counselor-at-law (see, 22 NYCRR 691.9). Mr. Kaufman was admitted to the practice of law at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on July 24, 1996.
The respondent acknowledges that he is the subject of a sua sponte investigation based on his plea of guilty, on July 26, 1999, to filing a false claim (two counts), in violation of 18 USC 152(4), in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York before the Honorable Thomas Platt. He has yet to be sentenced.
In his affidavit of resignation, the respondent admitted that he was assigned the task of assisting Kenneth Kirschenbaum, a panel trustee assigned by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee. The respondent's duties included reviewing proofs of claims filed by creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.
On or about May 23, 1997, the respondent filed a false proof of claim in the amount of $5,889.56 in the bankruptcy proceeding of Paul J. Skiscim, by using a fictitious creditor, S & K Textiles, Inc. On or about April 20, 1998, the respondent filed a false proof of claim in the amount of $7,896 in the bankruptcy proceeding of Kryzrytos Witoslawski, by using the same fictitious creditor, S & K Textiles, Inc. The respondent appeared in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on July 26, 1999, before ...