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Cody Attorney Disbarred

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Supreme Court today issued an Order of Disbarment for Cody lawyer, Jody Montgomery Vannoy, effective January 30, 2013.

Vannoy misappropriated nearly $700,000 from a trust of which she was the trustee. The beneficiary of the trust brought suit, which resulted in a civil judgment against Vannoy in the amount of $695,565.31 for funds Vannoy "misappropriated, fraudulently conveyed or used for her personal benefit."

Following entry of the civil judgment against Vannoy, the Wyoming Supreme Court granted Bar Counsel's petition for Vannoy's interim suspension. A formal disciplinary charge was brought against Vannoy alleging violations of Rule 8.4(b) (committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects), Rule 8.4(c) (engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation), and Rule 8.4(d) (engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct. Vannoy failed to answer the formal charge. Following a hearing to determine the appropriate sanction for Vannoy's misconduct, the Board of Professional Responsibility issued a recommendation that Vannoy be disbarred, and that she be ordered to pay restitution to the beneficiary of the trust.

The Supreme Court approved the BPR's recommendation for disbarment and ordered Vannoy to pay restitution in the amount of any judgments in favor of the beneficiary of the trust. Vannoy was also ordered to pay an administrative fee and costs to the Wyoming State Bar in the total amount of $2,357.89.