February 27, 2003
IN RE ALLEN M. SHORE, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN263-96)
Before Terry and Schwelb, Associate Judges, and Pryor, Senior Judge
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam
Submitted February 6, 2003
On December 3, 1999, Allen M. Shore, a member of our Bar, was convicted in the Circuit Court of Broward County, Florida, of RICO conspiracy on the basis of his plea of guilty to that offense. *fn1 The RICO conviction was based on Shore's admission that he engaged in fraudulent mortgage transactions, in criminal violation of Florida's organized fraud and theft statutes. The Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended that Shore be disbarred.
An offense involving fraud generally constitutes moral turpitude per se. See, e.g., In re Bereano, 719 A.2d 98, 99 (D.C. 1998) (per curiam) (mail fraud); In re Saul, 671 A.2d 461, 461 (D.C. 1996) (per curiam) (bank fraud); In re Abbell, __ A.2d __, No. 98-BG-1472 (D.C. Jan. 16, 2003) (per curiam) (RICO conspiracy involving laundering of money).
Accordingly, disbarrment is mandated by statute. See D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (2001). Neither Bar Counsel nor Shore has contended that Shore should not be disbarred, *fn2 and under the circumstances our deferential standard of review vis-a-vis the Board's recommendation, see D.C. Bar R. XI, § 9 (g), is even more deferential. In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995). Accordingly, Allen M. Shore is hereby disbarred.
So ordered. *fn3