(CN) – The Minnesota Supreme Court suspended attorney Benjamin S. Houge indefinitely for helping a client to engage in fraudulent conduct. Houge had a client who was on probation when he engaged in seven fraudulent real-estate and financial transactions, some of which were conducted under Houge’s “supervision.”
The client had been barred from such transactions after he convicted of theft by swindle.
Houge submitted false evidence and failed to correct his client’s false statements to the court, according to the ruling. Also, Houge misled the court as to how much money his client had available for restitution.
He is not eligible to apply for reinstatement for two years.