MIAMI COUNTY — Former Miami County attorney Joshua Albright entered a plea of guilty to one count of fourth-degree felony unauthorized use of property in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Albright, 29, who now resides in Cadiz, Ohio, formerly practiced law with Roberts, Kelly and Bucio law firm, which states he failed to turn over approximately $60,000 worth of contracts to the firm. Albright appeared with his attorney Jeremy Tomb and entered a plea of guilty and waived his right to a grand jury on Tuesday.
Special prosecutor John Arnold from the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office represented the state during the hearing.
According to court documents from Oct. 1, 2013, to about Sept. 11, 2014, Albright was paid for his services by his clients and allegedly never turned the funds over to the firm.
Judge Christopher Gee ordered Albright to complete a pre-sentence investigation and set his sentencing date for May 31.
Last week, Albright entered into a plea agreement to one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
According to that agreement, Albright agreed to sign an affidavit of retirement or resignation, in which he will discontinue his practice of law. In that case, Albright was originally charged with five counts of forgery, but the prosecution dropped the other four counts as a part of the agreement. According to the grand jury indictment that was handed down in February 2015, on Aug. 15, 2014, Albright knowingly uttered falsified paperwork for custody on behalf of Christopher M. Strunk, which bore a fraudulent file stamp from the Juvenile Court of Shelby County.
On Dec. 17, 2015, The Ohio State Bar Association filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Ohio for immediate interim remedial suspension of Albright. The next week, the supreme court ruled in favor, suspending his practice of law for an interim period. In that case, he is set to appear for sentencing on June 10.