Former Attorney's Criminal Activity Laid Bare In Strip Club Case
May 11, 2019 19:54
Glenn D. McGogney, a disbarred attorney from South Whitehall Township, has found himself facing more charges related to his part in business dealings involving a now-closed strip club in Bucks County.
McGogney, 72, was charged by the State Attorney General's office on Wednesday with perjury, forgery, and false swearing in a business matter involving Coyotes Show Club, which was located in Milford Township. Court records indicate that McGogney allegedly forged the signature of the operations manager of Coyotes Show Club, John W. Sibley, onto a business document. The two men were previously business partners.
According to the complaint filed on Wednesday, Sibley spoke with an agent from the Attorney General's office. He informed the agent that he had met McGogney in 2001 when the then-attorney represented Sibley in his divorce. Five years later, in 2006, Sibley alleges that McGogney convinced him to become an investing partner with himself and another person in Barnett Food Group. This company would later open the strip club on Route 663.
Sibley indicated that McGogney had prepared all of his investment documents related to the business transactions. For this reason, Sibley believed that McGogney represented him in these transactions. Sibley stated that he was never told by McGogney that for McGogney to represent him in any matters related to Barnett Food Group would constitute a conflict of interest. He stated that at no point in time did McGogney advised him to seek other counsel.
Before the Coyotes Show Club closed its doors only 14 months after opening in December 2007, McGogney and Sibley had a disagreement over the dismissal of some club employees. McGogney removed Sibley as the club's operations manager and barred him from entering certain areas of the club. Sibley stated that his attempts to sell the shares he held in Barnett Food Group were unsuccessful. He further indicated that when he attempted to leave the company, he found out that there were numerous liens on the restaurant equipment in the club and that the property itself was facing foreclosure. Sibley indicated that McGogney had not notified him of any of this.
Sibley took legal action against McGogney and the third business partner. He filed a lawsuit against each of them. He also filed a formal complaint with the office of disciplinary counsel of the bar association with regard to McGogney's actions like in the case of Frederick Oberlander who was disbarred due to using sealed documents by the FBI.
In 2010 the bar association disciplinary board held a hearing on Sibley's complaint. At the hearing, McGogney produced a document claiming that Sibley had been made aware of the fact that McGogney did not represent him in a club-related business matter. Sibley informed the disciplinary board that the signature on the document was not his.
Four years later, an arbitration hearing was held at which McGogney denied forging Sibley's signature or using any other means to place Sibley's signature on the document. A forensic document examiner testified, saying that following an extensive review comparing the signature on the document to 36 of Sibley's other signatures, it had been determined that the document in question did not contain "an independently executed genuine signature".
In 2012 Glenn McGogney was disbarred for swindling a client out of $25,000 which he then used to try to save his own personal investment in the failing Coyotes Show Club. Then, two years ago, McGogney was formally charged after taking $50,000 from another of his clients. This client was actually a detective from the District Attorney's Office of Lehigh County.
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