Al Moriarty's former attorney can't practice law in California

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comFebruary 5, 2014 

An attorney representing a former Cal Poly football Hall of Famer accused of fraud is currently not allowed to practice law in California, according to the state bar.

Scott Bryan Whitenack, who was representing Al Moriarty, had his license suspended Monday for crimes involving “moral turpitude,” according to a document filed by the state bar in Los Angeles. According to the document, posted on the state bar website, Whitenack was convicted in October of petty theft and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Charges of burglary, false impersonation, and providing false information to a police officer were dropped in that case.

After the bar learned of the conviction, which occurred in San Luis Obispo County, the bar moved to impose an interim suspension while they determine the appropriate discipline. Whitenack appealed, saying the convictions weren’t related to his law practice, but the decision was upheld Monday.

Whitenack, who has not returned a call from The Tribune, met Moriarty in jail while he was incarcerated on a public intoxication case.

Moriarty, 80, of Arroyo Grande, is accused of defrauding investors and embezzling funds over a five-year period.

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