An extract from the Florida Bar Request to immediately suspend thievin’ Florida lawyer Jordan Weinkle
Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement, respondent was required to hold $60,000.00 in trust for the express purpose of paying the property taxes on the property in question.
9. The staff auditor conducted a thorough review of the firm’s trust account records, dated June 28, 2020 through January 31, 2021, for respondent’s law firm Weinkle Legal Group PLLC IOTA Trust Account number xxxx9147 held at Professional Bank. The staff auditor’s review identified nearly all of the credits and charges for the subject mortgage transaction in the records the bar received from the bank.
10. However, the staff auditor was not able to locate any evidence that the $60,000.00 escrow holdback for the 2020 property taxes had been paid from this account. A review of the records from each of the firm’s six additional trust and operating bank accounts showed no indication that the real estate taxes at issue had been paid.
11. Indeed, the real estate taxes in Miami-Dade County had not been paid, as evidenced by a copy of the 2020 Delinquent Tax Certificate, attached as Exhibit D to the auditor’s affidavit.
12. After reviewing bank records between September 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, the bar’s staff auditor also determined that the trust accounts do not contain sufficient funds to pay the property taxes in question.
13. Moreover, respondent made misrepresentations to participants in the mortgage transaction to account for his misconduct. For instance, on November 22, 2020, respondent emailed the loan broker Expomarca, LLC., for the property transaction with the excuse that he had been “juggling” his law practice with his military career for about eight to ten months. (See Exhibit 3).
14. However, respondent has no record of being on past, current, or future active duty in any branch of the armed forces. (See Exhibit 2).