Former lawyer to serve 90 days

Staff report

TROY — A former attorney has been sentenced to 90 days in Miami County Jail.

On Tuesday, Joshua Albright, 29, was sentenced in Miami County Common Pleas Court for fifth degree felony theft for not turning in money owed to his former law firm.

Albright, who now resides in Cadiz, Ohio, formerly practiced law with Roberts, Kelly and Bucio law firm, which states he failed to turn over approximately $60,000 worth of contracts to the firm. According to court documents from Oct. 1, 2013, to about Sept. 11, 2014, Albright was paid for his services by his clients and never turned the funds over to the firm. He entered a guilty plea to the charge in April.

Albright entered into a plea agreement to one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth-degree in Shelby County Common Pleas Court. In that case, he is set to appear for sentencing on June 10 in Shelby County.

According to that agreement, Albright agreed to sign an affidavit of retirement or resignation, in which he will discontinue his practice of law. In that case, Albright was originally charged with five counts of forgery, but the prosecution dropped the other four counts as a part of the agreement. According to the grand jury indictment that was handed down in February 2015, on Aug. 15, 2014, Albright knowingly uttered falsified paperwork for custody on behalf of Christopher M. Strunk, which bore a fraudulent file stamp from the Juvenile Court of Shelby County.

In the Shelby County case he could face up to 12 months in prison, a maximum fine of $2,500 and a discretionary three years of post release control upon release from prison.

On Dec. 17, 2015, The Ohio State Bar Association filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Ohio for immediate interim remedial suspension of Albright. The next week, the supreme court ruled in favor, suspending his practice of law for an interim period.

Staff report