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11/08/12

Ex-Greenberg Traurig Attorney Sues Fed Agency, Says Agency Carried Out Malicious Prosecution as Revenge


Carlos Loumiet, an ex-Greenberg Traurig attorney, is suing the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for what he alleges was malicious prosecution of him over the years because of his whistleblowing about the agency.

Loumiet, who is now a partner at DLA Piper, is seeking $4 million in damages. He was exonerated three years ago on charges that he helped the now closed Hamilton Bank hide its illegal activity. The lawsuit names the agency and also four of its investigators as defendants. Loumiet's lawyer says that they are going to prove that the agency violated Loumiet's constitutional rights and did whatever they could to damage his client's career.

The OCC had accused Loumiet of turning a blind eye to the bank's irregularities to get hefty legal fees. The OCC had carried out an independent investigation before closing the bank in 2002.

Loumiet claims that the reason the OCC tried to wreck his career was because he went over the agency's head to the Treasury Department's inspector general and complained about the investigation's fairness. The agency wanted him fined $250,000 and a ban on him representing banks, Loumiet's specialty.

He successfully defended himself against all the agency's claims and was acquitted in July 2009. He said that he was just one of the team members at Greenberg Traurig who was working for the bank. He is now suing the OCC for the amount he claims he would have earned had it not been for the scandal surrounding him during those years.

Loumiet is claiming the agency violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights and also intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, negligent supervision and civil conspiracy.

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