Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 | 2:35 p.m.
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Las Vegas lawyer Ronald Serota, who was disbarred from practice for stealing $319,000 from a client.
In its ruling Thursday, the court said Serota has failed to show remorse and has tried to blame the client. The court also said Serota's claim of being rehabilitated “is not supported by the record.”
“His claims of having done pro bono and other work to benefit the profession and the community are largely unsubstantiated,” the court decision said.
According to court documents, a client of Serota was ordered to pay a judgment of $319,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The client sent 14 checks to Serota to satisfy the judgment.
Of that money, the court said Serota sent $225,000 to Beverage Plus and $94,000 to Clean Path Resources, companies in which Serota had an interest.
Serota claimed mental disabilities were responsible for his misconduct, but the court said the alleged mental problems “are largely uncorroborated.”