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Olchowski temporarily disbarred

Sentencing set for Jan. 8 in Springfield

GREENFIELD — Following his guilty plea on federal tax evasion charges, Gregory M. Olchowski has temporarily lost the right to practice law, effective Nov. 23.

An order of temporary suspension originating from the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County suspends Olchowski from the practice of law in Massachusetts and orders him to withdraw from all pending cases, resign all appointments as guardian, executor administrator, trustee or other fiduciary and notify all wards, heirs and beneficiaries of his suspension.

Olchowski must also notify all other lawyers or parties in pending cases, refund clients any fees paid in advance and not yet earned, return any documents or property to clients and close any trust or other fiduciary accounts, all to be completed within 14 days of the suspension date.

According to the order, the parties involved waived hearing and assented to a temporary suspension.

Michael Fredrickson, general counsel for the Mass. Board of Bar Overseers, said this is not unusual when the lawyer in question has already been convicted.

Fredrickson said the temporary suspensions typically act as a sort of injunction until the Board of Bar Overseers and the Suffolk court, who jointly decide suspensions and disbarments, decide the case.

Fredrickson said no petition for discipline has yet been filed in Olchowski’s case.

Olchowski pleaded guilty in September to four counts of tax evasion and faces a possible 18- to 24-month prison sentence, to be determined at a sentencing scheduled for Jan. 8 in Springfield’s U.S. District Court.

A plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office set the recommended prison term, but the judge is not bound by the agreement and may impose a maximum 20-year sentence.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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