PEORIA -- A Metamora attorney had his law license suspended for two years for taking money from a disabled person's account, according to information released by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission this week.
The May 24 order from the ARDC said Scott Michael Baldwin, "while acting as a court-appointed guardian, he misappropriated approximately $26,000 from a disabled person’s estate and filed a false accounting in the guardianship proceeding because he purposely omitted mention of the funds he had taken."
Baldwin, 51, has been an attorney since 1994. His license is suspended for two years and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court, which has authority over the ARDC.
According to the ARDC case file, Baldwin was handling the affairs of a man who has found unfit to stand trial. The man's assets were put into account and Baldwin was the court-appointed guardian.
"Between September 2014 and October 2016, (Baldwin) made 92 electronic banking transfers from the estate account to his business account in amounts totaling $26,280. (Baldwin) used the funds for his own business or personal purposes and he was never authorized to use the funds. (Baldwin) repaid funds to the estate account from time to time with the proceeds of a loan from his father, completed full restitution in October 2016," the file stated.