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Tuesday: Ethics hearing against lawyer charged with altering document
 

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On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 9:30 a.m., an ethics panel will hear charges against a Middlesex County attorney accused of altering a contract in order to avoid paying for architectural services. The hearing, which is open to the public and press, will be held on the 2nd Floor of the Middlesex County Courthouse in a conference room next to Civil Assignment Office. The 32-count complaint, filed by the District VIII Ethics Committee alleges that Karim K. Arzadi, who maintains office in both Perth Amboy and New Brunswick, violated several Rules of Professional Conduct in his dealings with North Brunswick architect Jeffrey W. Kusmick. According to the complaint, Arzadi agreed to pay Kusmick $34,500 to prepare architectural drawings and gave Kusmick a $7,500 deposit. When Kusmick sued Arzadi for the $27,000 contract balance, Arzadi allegedly created a second, \"fraudulent\" contract that said that his agreement with Kusmick was for a total of $7,500. According to the ethics complaint, Arzadi claimed that the $7,500 contract was genuine and that he had paid Kusmick in full with the $7,500 deposit. Arzadi, through attorneys Justin P. Walder of Roseland and Joseph J. Benedict of New Brunswick, filed a response to the ethics complaint denying the allegations. The ethics complaint and Arzadi\'s answer is on-line here.

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Tuesday: Ethics hearing against lawyer charged with altering document. October 26, 2011.
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