A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a message and said I should take a look at centerlegal.com (abogadolegal.com) regarding a .Robert J Buscho.
The message said:
“Please follow this link to the site [Robert J. Buscho] is still advertising himself as an attorney on. He does not speak Spanish and he has preyed on helpless, desperate people for many years before finally being disbarred last fall. There is no low he will not sink to and I hope that contacting you will help protect a few people. I doubt I can anticipate or investigate all the ways he might try to harm people so I’m passing this on to you to keep on your radar.
He was handed United Law Group when the owner resigned, just before it was raided by the FBI. Lakeshore Law Center has a class action suit against them. The Cal Bar is after him for over $50K. His m.o. is taking money upfront for just about anything he can — bankruptcy, foreclosure, evictions, etc. He finds the most desperate people and promises them a fix but he takes their money and runs. I’m afraid he is still preying on people who are not able to research him. If you check his bar record, you’ll see he has been in trouble before and what he’s been caught doing is only the tip of the iceberg!!”
Apparently we have mentioned Robert Buscho before so that part checked out.
And according to The State Bar of California Robert Joseph Buscho was disbarred last fall and prohibited from practicing law in California. – Source
The State Bar lists his address as:
831 N Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
As you can see from the Google Maps picture, this location was also known as Orientation Legal Center.
And Anaheim Legal Center with the phone number 714-563-0443.
The domain name centerlegal.com and abogadolegal.com are listed as being owned by N/A at:
831 N. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
The telephone number associated with the domain registration is 714-563-0443. That is the same number associated with the centerlegal.com website.
The State Bar of California record for attorney Kenneth W. Szalonek lists his address as:
212 E Rowland St #126
Covina, CA 91723
His telephone number is listed as 909-615-3509- Source
Odd Statement on Anaheim Legal Center Law Office Site
The website for Anaheim Legal Center Law Offices of Kenneth W. Szalonek actually says in the “about us” section:
Team Law Office of Robert J and Associates Buscho looks forward to becoming part of your team.
In addition the website claims it “is a world leader in the field of judicial services.” The office states they offer a number of services that appear to be directed toward immigrants.
Robert Buscho Disbarment and Restitution
The State Bar of California has the following to state about 2012 actions against Buscho:
“ROBERT JOSEPH BUSCHO, 53, of Anaheim was disbarred Sept. 20, 2012, and was ordered to make restitution and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.
Buscho stipulated to multiple acts of misconduct in 18 loan modification matters. He was hired as a senior litigation attorney in 2009 by United Law Group Inc., (ULG), a firm specializing in mortgage loan modifications. He ultimately bought ULG and handled bankruptcy matters as well, employing 35-40 people. Over a few months in 2010, some employees received authorization from some clients to withdraw funds electronically from their bank accounts, and they then converted the funds.
Because of his failure to adequately supervise his employees, Buscho neglected the clients’ cases. For the most part, he was unaware ULG had been retained. Buscho filed for bankruptcy on behalf of ULG and in September 2010, the bankruptcy trustee assumed control over its practice.
Buscho stipulated to numerous counts of failing to perform legal services competently, refund unearned fees. He also violated state law by accepting advance fees for loan modification cases. In three cases, he failed to protect his clients’ interests after he stopped representing them. And he practiced in jurisdictions where he was not licensed.
Buscho agreed to make restitution totaling $52,305.
He has been disciplined three times previously, in 1999, 2001 and 2003, for misconduct including failures to perform legal services competently, refund unearned fees, communicate with a client, or cooperate with the bar’s investigation, and he failed to protect his clients’ interests when his representation ended. He also failed to comply with probation requirements and practiced law while suspended for non-payment of bar dues.
In mitigation, Buscho cooperated with the bar’s investigation, demonstrated remorse and attempted to rein in the ULG employees, who gave him false information. When the bankruptcy trustee took over ULG, Buscho was denied access to its files and was unable to help any of the complaining clients. Several members of his family also face serious health challenges.”
Class Action Lawsuit by Lakeshore Law Center
According to information available on the Lakeshore Law Center website, there was a class action suit against United Law Group, Sean Alan Rutledge, Damian Robert Kutzner, Robert Joseph Buscho, Vito Torchia, Corvi J. Urling, and Judy Contino. – Source, Source
We make no statement regarding the accuracy of the allegations made by the commenter and tipster. Of the statements we are able to publicly confirm, as you can see, there do appear to be some questions and concerns that are supported by the facts.