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Florida Supreme Court disciplines Tampa Bay lawyers for misconduct

Two Tampa Bay lawyers have been disciplined for professional misconduct.

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred John Arthur Smitten of Clearwater after he was convicted of grand theft for depositing more than $88,000 belonging to his employer or the employer's clients into his personal bank account instead of the law firm's account.

Jan Marie McCray of Tampa was suspended for 91 days and ordered to pay $1,500 restitution to a client. The Florida Bar said McCray was not familiar with probate cases but took a retainer to handle one in 2014 for a family friend. McCray failed to appear in court, failed to communicate with the client, moved her office to another city and failed to perform legal services. A Bar audit found that McCray also failed to maintain minimum required trust account records.

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