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Bar Seeks to Take Over Work of Accused Lawyer

July 12, 1986

The California State Bar has filed a petition to take over the practice of a Los Angeles lawyer it said is accused of taking thousands of dollars from his clients.

Attorney Raul Palomo Jr., 38, an unsuccessful 1980 candidate for the Los Angeles Board of Education, is under investigation by the Bar for at least 12 instances of misappropriating clients' money, lawyers for the association said Thursday.

In several cases, the Bar alleges in its Los Angeles Superior Court action, Palomo settled cases without his clients' knowledge, forged clients' signatures on settlement documents and then kept most of the proceeds.

Palomo was recently arrested on a two-count criminal indictment charging him with conspiracy to sell more than a kilogram of cocaine.

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