Court Suspends Lawyer For Pocketing Girl Scout Cookie Money
Mar. 07, 1989
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The state Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer for a year for pocketing Girl Scout cookie proceeds belonging to her daughter's troop.
Marlene T. Sipes of Columbia, a lobbyist with the South Carolina Medical Association, has repaid the $1,819 she kept in 1986 for personal and family business. The court issued a reprimand and announced the suspension Monday.
The court said Mrs. Sipes' conduct constituted ''a breach of trust accompanied by fraud'' and involved ''dishonesty, deceit and misrepresentation.' '
Mrs. Sipes, a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, worked three years as a law clerk and paralegal for the state Department of Consumer Affairs before going to work for the medical association last year.
She did not return messages left at her office Tuesday.