Looks like former Mitt Romney fundraiser, Alan Fabian, needs some fundraising himself, and it’s not just to cover the legal costs of his impending criminal trial. Two firms that represented him in bankruptcy proceedings in Maryland, Hogan & Hartson and Venable, have asked to be removed from Fabian’s case. The cause? Fabian has not paid his legal fees.
Hogan & Hartson attorneys, Mark Gately and Lauren Schultz Colton, who were representing Fabian’s Baltimore-based company called the Centre for Management and Technology, Inc., filed a motion to withdraw from the case on September 10, begging off the representation because “CMAT has not paid its outstanding legal bills for Hogan & Hartson’s representation in this matter.”
Venable attorneys—James Gray, David Rice, Lisa Tancredi, and Mark Maneche—mirrored that motion ten days later. Venable was representing Fabian, his wife Jacqueline Richards-Fabian, and Ocean Quest, an entity in which Fabian was a shareholder. As stated in the firm’s motion to withdraw, “the Fabians, and Ocean Quest defendants in these and other adversary proceedings, as well as in related litigation matters, Venable has accrued substantial unpaid legal fees and costs, many of which are past due by 12 months.”
Both firms reference Fabian’s recent criminal indictment back in August as a reason why they probably won’t get paid any time soon. Once a high-rolling, GOP campaign fundraiser, Fabian been charged with mail fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, perjury, and obstruction of justice for allegedly defrauding companies out of $32 million, and prosecutors are putting a chokehold on his assets.
Prosecutors and law firms might be trying to get their hands on his money, but GOP campaigns can’t get away from Fabian funds quickly enough. According to this piece in The Hill, not only has Romney ditched the Maryland businessman’s tainted cash, but so has presidential hopeful —pardon me, my wife is calling—Rudy Giuliani.