Lawyer indicted on 3 more fraud counts
An Arlington lawyer who specializes in representing families of children with special educational needs, but who had no law license for more than three years, has been indicted by an Arlington grand jury on three counts of obtaining money by false pretense. Two other charges already were pending against him.
Parents said that Howard D. Deiner, 54, told them he could handle their challenges to various school districts in Northern Virginia, and could take their cases into the court system if needed. But from January 2006 to April 2009, Deiner's law license in the District had lapsed, and he never had a license in Virginia, but he continued to take on clients and file cases. He also frequently lost cases and failed to communicate with his clients, according to allegations in 74 different charges filed against him by the D.C. Bar.
One Arlington couple, on whose behalf Deiner filed a federal lawsuit by allegedly forging a licensed lawyer's signature, sued Deiner and won a $113,000 judgment against him.
Arlington police arrested Deiner in November and charged him with felony fraud and misdemeanor practice of law without a license. His trial on those charges is set for October.
On Monday, an Arlington grand jury handed up three more fraud charges against Deiner, for incidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008. He is due in court Thursday to determine a trial date.
Deiner's lawyer, James C. Clark, did not return a call yesterday seeking comment.
-- Tom Jackman
July 21, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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