Former Natrona County prosecutor Kevin Meenan disbarred

2004-02-23T23:00:00Z Former Natrona County prosecutor Kevin Meenan disbarred The Billings Gazette
February 23, 2004 11:00 pm

Associated Press

CHEYENNE - A prosecutor who pleaded guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor for forging his stepchildren's names and abusing their finances was disbarred Tuesday.

Kevin Meenan, a former National District Attorneys Association president who resigned as Natrona County district attorney in December, may not petition for reinstatement for at least five years.

The order of disbarment signed by Chief Justice William Hill also says Meenan must reimburse the Wyoming State Bar $173.62 for costs and comply with the bar's rules for disbarred and suspended attorneys.

Among other things, the rules require disbarred attorneys to return any unearned fees and, if they are to be disbarred longer than six months, to return all files to present and former clients.

"As a practical matter, I can't imagine that Mr. Meenan would have any of those things to do," said State Bar counsel Becky Lewis, pointing out that they apply mainly to disbarred attorneys who have been in private practice.

Lewis and Meenan's attorney, Terry Mackey, began negotiating the terms of Meenan's disbarment soon after Meenan pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to forgery and identity theft, both felonies, and to official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Meenan was accused of mishandling a $55,000 personal injury settlement for his stepdaughter, forging his stepdaughter's and stepson's names to obtain credit cards, and illegally obtaining money by writing checks against one of the cards.

The plea agreement avoided a trial on five counts of forgery and one count each of larceny by bailee, official misconduct, unauthorized use of personal identifying information, making false written statements to obtain credit, obtaining property by false pretenses, and unlawful use of a credit card.

The bar's Board of Professional Responsibility recommended allowing Meenan to apply for reinstatement after three years, although Lewis said that was not part of her negotiations with Mackey.

She said Meenan must do several things to be reinstated including prove his fitness to practice and show he has complied with the terms of his disbarment.

Meenan and Mackey could not be reached for comment.

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