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Disbarred Lawyer Denied Reinstatement

Appeals Court Rejects Disbarred Lawyer's Reinstatement Bid:

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court has rejected a reinstatement application from a lawyer who was disbarred in 2003 after his conviction for illegally collecting nearly $100,000 in disability insurance.

Leonard Krouner, who now lives in San Diego, had pleaded guilty to three felonies for insurance fraud, grand larceny and fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Law practice in Albany County.

Between October 2000 and November 2001, Krouner, now 66, had earned more than $150,000 from his law practice and worked as an administrative law judge after claiming he was unable to work due to a back injury suffered from falling off a chair.

At his sentencing, Krouner apologized for his "despicable and unspeakable activity."

The Appellate Division’s Committee on Professional Standards did not oppose his reinstatement in 2011, but the appeals court rejected it, questioning his character and general fitness, the Albany (NY) Times-Union reported.

Then on Feb. 6, Justices Robert Rose, Elizabeth Garry, Leslie Stein and John Lahtinen again declined Krouner’s application for reinstatement.

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