A Referee upheld the findings of the Committee of the Florida Bar, which in Jacksonville June 10, 2016 voted to bring Bar charges against attorney IAN JAMES CHRISTENSEN over his selling licenses to grow and use medical marijuana, allegedly defrauding hundreds of Florida patients who paid as much as $799 for the licenses. The June 10, 2016 letter to IAN JAMES CHRISTENSEN states: "You are hereby notified that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “C,” at a duly constituted meeting on June 10, 2016, and by majority vote of eligible members present, found probable cause for violations of the following Rules: 4-1.1(competence), 4-1.2(d)(criminal fraudulent conduct), 4-1.5 (excessive fee), 4-1.7(conflict), 4-8.4(a)(misconduct), and 4-8.4(c)(conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation)."
Here's the Supreme Court order:
Supreme Court of Florida
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
CASE NO.: SC16-1081
Lower Tribunal No(s).: 2015-00,559(4C); 2016-00,035(4C); 2016-00,569(4C)
THE FLORIDA BAR vs. IAN JAMES CHRISTENSEN
Upon consideration of the Report of Referee filed with the Court on March 30, 2017, Respondent is hereby directed to show cause on or before August 10, 2017 why the referee’s recommended sanction should not be disapproved and a more severe sanction, including disbarment, be imposed. The Florida Bar may serve its reply on or before August 21, 2017.
LABARGA, C.J., and PARIENTE, LEWIS, QUINCE, CANADY, POLSTON, and LAWSON, JJ., concur.
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Here's the prior coverage, including full details of the complaint: http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2016/06/fl-bar-details-ian-j-christiansen.html