BALTIMORE, MD — A Virginia lawyer whose license was revoked for stealing from her elderly clients now has been disbarred in Maryland.
Erin Marie Weber was sanctioned by the Maryland Court of Appeals in an March 28 order that took effect immediately.
Weber’s license to practice law in Virginia was revoked in April 2012. The Maryland Court of Appeals suspended her in February 2013 following her sanction in Virginia.
The Court of Appeals then asked Weber, also known as Erin Weber Anderson, to respond to the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland’s petition for disciplinary action by explaining why she should not be sanctioned in Maryland. She never responded to the show-cause order.
Weber was admitted to practice in Virginia in 1989 and, at the time of her conviction, had a law office in Falls Church. She was found guilty of embezzlement in Fairfax County Circuit Court in January 2012 after she took funds from an elderly couple in Arlington who were her clients.
She was sentenced to four years in prison, all suspended, and placed on probation. She was also ordered to pay $275,140 in restitution, according to Virginia court records. According to an earlier report, the amount was paid by an insurance company which then obtained a restitution order against Weber.
Glenn M. Grossman, bar counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland, declined to comment Tuesday. A phone number for Weber could not be located.
Weber never had a hearing in Maryland; however, the matter went before the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board in April 2012.
According to the proceedings before the board, Weber represented Mildred Bailey and William Robertson starting in 2005. She said the couple agreed to pay her $250 per hour.
Weber told the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board that she had suffered from depression in 1999, but had recovered by the time she was retained by Bailey and Robertson. The depression, however, returned in 2006, she told the board.
Weber paid herself from the couple’s account without authorization and neglected to pay the couple’s assisted living facility and condominium fees, according to the board’s disciplinary records.
– KRISTI TOUSIGNANT, Dolan Media Newswires