SYCAMORE – Attorney K.O. Johnson’s law license has been suspended for 18 months starting Feb. 7, attorney registration officials said Thursday.
Johnson, 47, of the 1600 block of Maness Court, Sycamore, faced ethical sanctions for billing two divorce clients for attorney fees knowing that part of the fees had been discharged through the clients’ bankruptcy proceedings and he could not collect them, according to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
The ethics complaint also accused Johnson of interfering with his own bankruptcy proceedings by asking his clients to ignore communication from the bankruptcy trustee. He also improperly asked clients to send him payments directly when those payments were part of the bankruptcy estate and should have been sent to the bankruptcy trustee, the complaint stated.
Before his suspension is over, Johnson also must pay $1,443 to a former client. Johnson agreed to the ethical sanctions, and the Illinois Supreme Court approved the punishment this month.
Meanwhile, a misdemeanor theft case remains pending alleging Johnson took money out of the paycheck for a former employee but failed to put it in her retirement fund. That case is due in DeKalb County Circuit Court today.