Hilton Head Island lawyer disbarred

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Hilton Head Island lawyer disbarred

By ARETHA FRISON<br>Special to<em> The Gazette</em>
Published Monday, April 29, 2002 in The Island Packet  |  310 Words  |  /BeaufortGazette/local_news

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- A Hilton Head Island lawyer was disbarred from practicing law by the S.C. Supreme Court this week after being indicted for breach of trust in March, according to an opinion from the S.C. Supreme Court. '
Michael Wyman, who worked as an attorney in Hilton Head for 15 years, "admits misconduct and consents to disbarment," according to the opinion. ' Wyman's disbarment was submitted to the Supreme Court on March 22, according to the
opinion, and filed Monday. ' He was suspended by the Supreme Court from practicing law in February when the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a petition with the court. ' Wyman was scheduled for court today, but the
trial has been postponed, 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Randolph Murdaugh III said Friday. No trial date has been set.' According to the indictment, Wyman "converted" $699,210 for his own use "with intent to permanently deprive the
owner." ' Last month, Wyman said he would plead guilty to the charge. ' The money was entrusted to him by Carmine Romano after Wyman represented him in a real estate case, according the opinion from the state Supreme Court, and
Wyman "deposited a majority of the funds into a personal account and disbursed a portion of the funds to a third party."' The document also stated that Wyman has 15 days to file an affidavit with the state Clerk of Court showing that he
has complied with his disbarment and surrendered his law license.' Wyman "shall not be entitled to seek reinstatement or readmission to the practice of law in this state until he has fully repaid the client" and other parties in
connection with this matter, the document said.' Murdaugh said Wyman faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.