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Chiefland attorney disbarred after allegedly misappropriating more than $200,000

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By Karen Kidd | Sep 9, 2019


TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Suspended longtime Chiefland attorney Gregory Vance Beauchamp has been disbarred following an Aug. 1 Florida Supreme Court order regarding misappropriation allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Beauchamp misappropriated more than $200,000 of client funds from his trust  account," the state bar said in its Aug. 29 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. Chiefland's disciplinary revocation, tantamount to disbarment, was effective immediately, according to the state bar's announcement.

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Beauchamp's disbarment. Attorneys disbarred in Florida generally cannot reapply for admission for five years and must pass an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.

Beauchamp was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 25, 1974, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Beauchamp's state bar profile but the state bar's petition for emergency suspension said Beauchamp faced three disciplinary matters.

Beauchamp was placed on emergency suspension following a Supreme Court order in March over misappropriation allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Beauchamp surrendered himself at Levy County Jail in February in a civil matter without bring charged with a crime after a local judge found him in contempt for failing to produce documents related to an estate. Beauchamp, who remained jailed at least until March 5, appears to have been released before the state bar's March 29 announcement of his emergency suspension and the Supreme Court's order.

Allegations against Beauchamp stem from a meeting at his East Park Avenue office in January with a state bar investigator, who came to retrieve documents related to Beauchamp's trust accounts. A state bar grievance committee previously issued subpoenas for Beauchamp to produce the documents, according to the state bar's petition.

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