Daugherty's law license is annulled
HUNTINGTON -- Retired Social Security administrative law judge David B. Daugherty has voluntarily agreed to have his law license annulled after formal charges were filed against him by the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board in April.
Daugherty, 80, presented a petition to the State Supreme Court of Appeals on May 20 asking it to accept the annulment of his law license. The court granted the petition on June 10.
The board had filed formal charges against Daugherty in relation to a three-year investigation into whether he conspired with disability benefits attorney Eric C. Conn in a scheme that officials say improperly awarded Social Security disability benefits to hundreds of applicants.
The Disciplinary Board's statement of charges, filed April 7, alleged Daugherty approved claims that did not meet government guidelines, falsified time sheets, improperly assigned Conn's cases to himself and provided the Stanville, Ky., attorney with a monthly list indicating medical evidence that would be needed to reach a favorable decision in specific cases.
The board's investigative panel further charged that Daugherty failed to review the decisions of fellow judges involving the same claimants and knowingly made false statements in the disciplinary board's investigation. Each allegation violated the state's Rules of Professional Conduct.
In an interview in April, Daugherty told The Herald-Dispatch he hadn't "practiced law in 25 or some years" and didn't "have any particular use" for his law license.
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