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Berkeley County grand jury indicts Baltimore attorney

Kenneth J. Ford was indicted on five felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, one count of forgery of a public record and one count of uttering a public record

May 23, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County grand jury Wednesday indicted a Baltimore attorney, who is accused by multiple clients of failing to provide the legal services they paid for was indicted.

Kenneth J. Ford, 37, of 8 Charles Plaza, Apt. 1502, was indicted on five felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, one count of forgery of a public record and one count of uttering a public record, according to an indictment released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.

The indictment came less than two months after Ford’s license to practice law in West Virginia was annulled by the state Supreme Court of Appeals.

The felony charges surfaced in January 2012 when Ford was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on allegations that he forged a court order after being paid by former West Virginia University basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle for legal services that were not provided.

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West Virginia State Police filed additional charges subsequent to that case involving other clients who retained Ford, but told police that services were not provided.

The state high court’s order to annul Ford’s license came at the recommendation of the hearing panel subcommittee of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, according to court records.

In addition to recommending the license annulment, the disciplinary board stipulated that Ford’s law practice be supervised for two years and that he be required to complete 12 hours of continuing legal education in ethics if his license ever was reinstated, according to the order.

The grand jury is scheduled to reconvene today, Games-Neely said.

An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime.

— Matthew Umstead

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