Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Ex-prosecutor 'Most Wanted'

Authorities: Bad checks, $14,000 owed

By Jane Prendergast, jprendergast@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A lawyer who once prosecuted law-breakers is now wanted by police for legal problems.

        Cincinnati police are looking for William M. Al'Uqdah, 49, a former Hamilton County prosecutor and one-time Cincinnati City Council candidate.

        He's accused of owing about $14,000 in child and spousal support, writing bad checks and failing to show up in court on a probation violation for a 1999 city income tax case.

        Crime Stoppers released his picture Monday as one of the Most Wanted people in the city.

        Mr. Al'Uqdah's license to practice law is suspended, said John Norwine, executive director of the Cincinnati Bar Association. The license has been suspended before, also because of his support obligations.

        Now, the bar association also has two disciplinary actions pending against him, Mr. Norwine said — each with complaints by several clients who claim Mr. Al'Uqdah neglected his responsibilities while he was their lawyer. Another complaint is pending before a state disciplinary board.

        Mr. Al'Uqdah, a former member of the Alcohol, Drug and Addiction Services Board, ran for City Council in 1991 on a platform of solving the drug problem by assigning forfeiture money to community groups that help law enforcement. The son of a former Cincinnati police officer, he was an assistant prosecutor at the time of the council election and was endorsed by the Republican Party.

        He also was the Black Male Coalition of Cincinnati's anti-drug program leader in the late 1980s.


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