Former attorney faces $1 million in liabilities

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Federal prosecutors demand former Tupelo attorney William “Bill” Catledge pay $914,162.58 plus interest associated with two 2009 guilty pleas.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed the judgment affidavit March 12 with the U.S. District Court in Oxford.
Monday, District Judge Sharion Aycock set an April 2 hearing in Aberdeen for him to explain why the money hasn’t been paid.
Meanwhile, Catledge also faces a 10-count Lee County indictment claiming he wrote $90,000 in bad checks to Dr. Harvey Rabinowitz in 2004 and 2005.
The local case is set to be heard May 1 by Judge Jim Seth Pounds. Catledge is represented by James Ford with ADA Sadie Gardner the prosecutor.
Catledge, now of Houston, was released from federal prison in November 2011 after serving time for guilty pleas to tax fraud and mail fraud.
In late 2009, he was sentenced to two 35-month prison terms to be served at the same time, plus restitution to the IRS, an insurance company and a Tupelo bank.
Payment of the money was part of the terms of his sentence, as was his participation in a prison drug rehabilitation program.
Catledge permanently surrendered his law license in mid-2009.

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