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A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, REINALDO E. RIVERA, STEVEN W. FISHER and MARK C. DILLON, JJ.
DISCIPLINARY proceeding instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District. The respondent was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial Department on January 14, 1982.
By decision and order on motion dated June 18, 2009, this Court granted the motion of the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District (hereinafter the Grievance Committee) to suspend the respondent pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.4(l)(1)(i), upon a prima facie showing that he failed to cooperate with its investigation. This Court authorized the Grievance Committee to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against the respondent and referred the issues to the Honorable Elaine Jackson Stack as Special Referee to hear and report. The order directed the respondent to serve and file an answer within 20 days after service upon him of a copy of the decision and order on motion.
The Grievance Committee now moves to impose discipline upon the respondent upon his default in filing and serving an answer to the petition, and to deem the charges contained therein established.
A copy of this Court's decision and order on motion dated June 18, 2009, was served on the respondent by affixing a copy of the document to the door of his residence and business at 15 Grand Avenue, Suite 1, Baldwin, New York, 11510, on July 8, 2009, and mailing a copy of the document, by regular and certified mail, to that address on that same day. The petition dated February 9, 2009, was served upon the respondent in the same manner. The charges involve a pervasive pattern of failure to cooperate with the Grievance Committee's investigation into multiple complaints of professional misconduct. The complaints emanate from dishonored checks and failure to release funds held in connection with a real estate transaction and a foreclosure action. The respondent failed to comply with judicial subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum, and has evaded service by the Grievance Committee.
The respondent failed to file and serve an answer although more than 20 days have elapsed since service upon him was effectuated. Accordingly, the respondent is in default and the charges contained in the petition must be deemed established.
The instant motion to impose discipline upon the respondent's default was both personally served on him and served via regular and certified mail on August 20, 2009. No response or request for an extension of time in which to reply has been received.
Accordingly, the Grievance Committee's motion is granted and, effective immediately, the respondent is disbarred on default and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.
PRUDENTI, P.J., MASTRO, RIVERA, FISHER and DILLON, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the petitioner's motion is granted upon the respondent's default; and it is further,
ORDERED that, pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, the respondent, Thomas Edward Wynne, is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of ...