On Thursday, February 15, 2024, the Supreme Court of Washington issued a reciprocal discipline order disbarring Texas attorney John O. Green from practicing law in Washington state. This comes after Green was previously sentenced in Texas for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit tax evasion.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John O’Neill Green,” with case no. 202155-7.

According to the court order, Green failed to respond to Washington’s inquiry about whether identical discipline was warranted after being notified of the Texas disbarment ruling on July 31, 2023. The justices then agreed to reciprocate the discipline and revoke Green’s license to practice law in Washington.

As outlined in a June 2021 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Green and his client Thomas Selgas were convicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion. Selgas owed over $1.1 million in back taxes but worked with Green to conceal assets and income from the IRS. Selgas deposited proceeds from gold coin sales and other funds into Green’s Interest on Lawyers Trust Account, which Green then used to pay Selgas’ personal expenses and thwart IRS collection efforts.

Green, a licensed attorney in Texas and former member of the Idaho legislature, was sentenced to 6 months in prison for his role in the scheme. Selgas received an 18-month prison term. Both men were also ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.

According to avvo.com, Mr Green was an administrative law attorney in Liberty Lake, Washington. He acquired his law license in Washington in 2003. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.