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Florida justices suspend Tampa lawyer accused of spending client's $100,000

TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court has issued an emergency suspension for a Tampa lawyer accused of spending $100,000 of a client's money on his own business venture.

Scott V. Boruta, 35, was given 30 days after the Aug. 10 order to turn over all his clients, cases and trusts to other lawyers.

Boruta, admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003, practiced real estate and land development law from an office at 402 Knights Run Ave. on Harbour Island, according to the Bar's website.

Disciplinary records show that a doctor had hired Boruta to negotiate with a bank after the doctor's business was unable to pay a promissory note. Boruta told the doctor in January he had negotiated a deal, but would need $100,000 wired into a trust account to show the bank they had the funds.

The doctor wired the money on Feb. 14, according to his signed affidavit.

Between February and June, Boruta told the doctor the deal had not been closed because the bank wasn't being cooperative, the affidavit said.

But an e-mail from Boruta to a bank official on June 6 said the doctor was more focused on an IRS matter than closing the deal.

The bank served the doctor with a lawsuit July 14, but Boruta assured him is was the bank "playing hardball," the affidavit said.

Concerned, the doctor hired another attorney to look into the bank deal and represent him in the lawsuit.

That attorney met with Boruta on Aug. 3 and requested a transfer of the $100,000 to another trust account, records show.

It was then that Boruta admitted the money was gone — used in a failed debt collection business, the records show.

The Florida Bar petitioned the Supreme Court for Boruta's emergency suspension. In the order issued, he can no longer practice law and he must submit to a trust account audit conducted by the Bar.

No date was listed for the suspension to be lifted.

Florida justices suspend Tampa lawyer accused of spending client's $100,000 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:22pm]
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