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Arizona Attorney Disbarment Stems from Criminal Activity

Sedona AZ (October 25, 2018) – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has issued an order accepting a consent to disbarment for suspended member Craighton T. Boates of New River, AZ.

The disciplinary action results from criminal activity. Boates entered a guilty plea of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, a Class D Felony for defrauding the Small Business Administration. Boates was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $3,303,890.11 in restitution.

Boates was previously placed on interim suspension while the State Bar conducted its investigation.

Craighton T. Boates’ disbarment was effective October 23, 2018. He was ordered to pay $1,219.10 for costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona during its investigation.

Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.

The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 24,500 attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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