SF attorney under fire for alleged scheme to defraud elderly client

A San Francisco attorney is under fire with the State Bar Court of California after allegedly defrauding an elderly client of more than $150,000, according to state bar officials.

Drexel Andrew Bradshaw, 51, has been charged with five counts of misconduct, including a scheme to defraud his now deceased client, Ora Gosey, 86, of $157,000 from her trust in 2013, Jonah Lamb Public Information Officer for the State Bar of California said.

Lamb said the state bar initiated an investigation of Bradshaw and found that he became the conservator and trustee over Gosey’s trust after she suffered a head injury in 2013 that left her incapacitated.

While Gosey was recovering from the fall, Bradshaw funneled trust funds to a company he created under the guise of remodeling Gosey’s home, Lamb said.

Additionally, Bradshaw allegedly used the funds from the trust to remodel his own home.

According to public record, Bradshaw is a convicted felon.

In 1991, he pleaded guilty to grand larceny by check. The conviction does not prevent an individual from practicing law, however, Bradshaw lied about his criminal record six years in a row in signed documents to the San Francisco Bar.

With the exception of the current charges, there are no other disciplinary infractions listed for Bradshaw on the state bar’s website.

The state bar court is an independent administrative law court where all attorney discipline matters are oversaw or heard. While there are no criminal charges filed, the outcome of the charges can affect an attorney’s ability to practice law, or disbarment, according to Lamb.

Representatives for Bradshaw could not be reached for comment.

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