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Attorney Stephen Banik of Wellsboro, PA; crook, congenital liar, drug abuser

 
Stephen Banik was unfortunately gifted with a license to practice law by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1981.
 
Attorney Banik has had at least two bites at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree. His deplorable misconduct is set forth below.
 
1st bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree – Sept 2002
 
In a disgusting example of greed and avarice Mr. Banik found it acceptable to engage in despicable conduct that was specifically aimed at defrauding a mentally incompetent person in regards to SSI (Supplemental Social Security) disability payments he received and/or was going to receive in the future.
 
Now ya gotta be one big time loser to try and take advantage of someone who is mentally incompetent, right? Even the infamous Mafia boss Carmine (“The Snake”) Persico wouldn’t have stooped to this level because he had a higher standard of conduct than Stephen “The Grim Reaper” Banik.
 
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court found Banik guilty of the following misconduct in attempting to defraud Jan Terry out of his SSI benefits after submitting documents for his receipt of same.
  • Falsely stated in SSI application that “Jan A. Terry does not owe me any money and I do not expect him to in the future” (making such a false statement is a federal crime)
  • Went to Terry’s home and demanded he sign an agreement allowing him to keep 25% of his retroactive SSI benefits of $6,328.80 for himself, which he refused to sign
  • After receiving $7,383.60 in SSI benefits for Terry, Banik illegally paid himself $1,582.80, which equaled 25% of what Social Security paid to Terry
Subsequently, Mr. Terry complained to Paul Henson, an SSI claims representative that Banik made it clear to him that he wasn’t going to pay him the $1,582.80 he illegally paid to himself. Mr. Henson later sent 2 letters to Banik demanding he explain why he had taken Terry’s money w/o his authorization. Banik never responded to these letters.
 
When Mr. Henson spoke to Banik about $1,582 on the phone, Banik made the following statements in a laughable attempt to justify his theft.
  • Terry owed him money for representing his former girlfriend, Jill Summer
  • He spent considerable time preparing Terry’s SSI case, even though Catherine Rusk actually represented Terry at the hearing
  • He had loaned Terry money to have work done on his house  
SSI records and those of Ms. Rusk proved that Banik never performed any services on Terry’s behalf to help him obtain SSI benefits. The only SSI document regarding Banik was a letter signed by his secretary imitating the process for Terry to get retroactive SSI benefits. Put simply, this certified crook and loser didn’t do a damn thing.
 
For this misconduct, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court punished Banik by gifting him with a complimentary censure.
 
2nd bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree – April 2007
 
On April 11, 2007, Banik pled guilty to three (3) criminal charges which are as follows:
  • Criminal use of a communication facility, a 3rd degree felony
  • Distribution of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
For this misconduct, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court punished Banik by gifting him with a complimentary six (6) month suspension.
 
As we speak (ca. Jan 2011), Stephen Banik practices law in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. What a joke! Only further proves that Attorney Misfits in Pennsylvania are held to lower standard of conduct than we are.  
 
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