Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 12:56 pm
Attorneys suspended for unlawful real estate deals
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa attorneys are prohibited from practicing law for at least six months after their involvement in separate unlawful real estate deals.
Former Clarke County Attorney Ronald Wheeler falsified information on a home loan application to help a client. He pleaded guilty last year and was given probation and ordered to pay more than $800,000 restitution.
Paul Bieber, a Davenport attorney, pleaded guilty last year to a felony for his role in overstating the value of a home in a transaction. He also was given probation and ordered restitution.
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday suspended their licenses for six months.
Justice David Wiggins, in a strongly worded dissent, says their licenses should be revoked because a person who uses a law license to steal is unfit to practice law.