Re. Grievance Filed Against George M. Plumides, Attorney at Law at State Bar of Georgia
There are four issues in my complaint:
1) Plumides failed to pay for services ordered and rendered for more than 18 months. He orderred the Lao interpreting services on the evening of Sunday, March 20, 2011 for a Monday Trial, and then never paid the invoice for the services rendered;
2) After the civil litigation filed on April 9, 2012, he wrote a bad check for the June 5 trial for settlement of the case, just hours before the trial;
3) Plumides was on trial for writing a bad check on Oct. 9, 2012. The case is State vs. Plumides, #12B45313. He was ordered to pay additional $55.78 in addition to the money order he sent on June 28, 2012;
4) He used a fraudulent signature on a legal document to the DeKalb Magistrate Court in an attempt to dismiss the trial that was set for June 28, 2012 at 6:00 p. [continued below]....
Mr. Plumides does not dispute the fact that he ordered our services in question and failed to pay for the services rendered until early June, despite numerous payment requests. Therefore, his complaint and first allegation should be conceded. Under direct examination of his own testimony at the trial, case #12M12847, Asian American Media Group, Inc. vs. George M. Plumides in the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court on Sept. 20, 2012, he admitted the he ordered the services last year, and that did not pay within 30 days, three months, six months, nor even after one year.
As part of Plumides response, he had included a copy of his Motion to Dismiss for Improper Notice, of which he had submitted to the court. This motion had been denied by the Magistrate Judge at Gwinnett County and the trial had been conducted at 6:30 p.m. on September 20, as scheduled. Thus, this document no longer bears any weight for his complaint.
The judgment was made by the Magistrate Court Judge at Gwinnett County against Plumides in the amount of $200.00, in addition to the amount of $614.78 on his Personal Money Order, plus court costs (see enclosed copy of the judgment for reference). To this day, 13 days after the judgment, Plumides still has not paid the judgment by the court.
On October 6, 2012, he filed appeal for the aboive judgment to State Court of Georgia, taking advantage of the rules that no pro se representative of a corporation would allowed to the case in State Court, and it was required to hire an attorney for the case, and the cost will out weigh the $200.00 judgment, and force us to either risk pay much more for attirney fees than the judgment itself, or give up so he can get a default judgment to overturn the Magistrate Court judgment against him.
Regarding the alleged fraudulent signature, it is true that I did not remember I signing the document on June 5, 2012 in his office. However, that document was signed in exchange for his settlement payment check, and was to dismiss the trial for that same evening. Since his check bounced, the document was effectively voided. For him to use this same document to dismiss the trial on June 28, which was reset on June 7, after that document no longer effective, it is a fraudulent usage of that document. Furthermore, I had already written him the "Ten Day" letter and revoked our original agreed settlement due to the bad check. He should have known the document was void before he faxed it to the DeKalb County Magistrate Court on June 28, 2012.
I would also like to point out that he delayed the start of the trial no fewer than four times. The first instance was on June 5, when he used the bad check. The second instance was on June 28, when he used the voided dismissal letter signed on June 5, 2012, and then called the court to claim his residency in Gwinnett County. This forced a judgment of transferring the case to Gwinnett County, instead of a default judgment. The third instance was on August 16, 2012, when he provided a medical excuse from a doctor. The finale instance was his failed motion to dismiss the case on September 20, 2012.
His pattern of missing payments and his inability to work with an unrepresented litigant who filed a civil complaint against him demonstrates serious violation of the professional conduct and standard of the legal community in the state of Georgia.