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Northern Wisconsin attorney loses license for lying about expenses, assault

A northern Wisconsin attorney will lose her license for six months and must pay more than $10,000 for scamming her former employer and lying about an assault.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled to suspend Beth Bant’s license for six months starting in January 2020. The Office of Lawyer Regulation had charged Bant with two attorney-ethics violations in 2017. The complaint said Bant lied to her employer, Church Mutual Insurance Co., about going to an American Bar Association conference in New Orleans and leaving early because she had been assaulted. The OLR also alleged she submitted doctored receipts from two trips. Bant denied these allegations, but she admitted to falsifying receipts for a different trip.

In addition to the suspension, Bant will have to pay the costs of the proceeding, which came to $10,177.91. Bant practices elder law in Price County. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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