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Top Ohio legal aid lawyer bills government for 29 hours of work a day

By Mason White 3:09 PM September 24, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) While all of us have only 24 hours in our day, one lawyer seems to have a lot more working hours.

The lawyer in Ohio, is facing a disciplinary committee after he kept billing the government for working up to 29 hours a day.

Ben Swift, an attorney who was appointed for cases of those who could not afford to pay for legal representation, billed the government for a work schedule which included 29 hours on one day, 23 hours on another day and 21.5 hours on yet another workday.

The Dayton Bar Association audited Swift after they discovered the bills for the long working days. Swift now faces disciplinary action.

Ironically, it is Swift who was forced to hire a lawyer to represent him. Swift’s attorney, Gary Lepia, told the Bar Association that Swift actually did the job, but his record keeping was sloppy.

The Bar Association was notified that Swift, who was the highest paid lawyer in Ohio for court appointed lawyers, has billed an average of nine hours a day, 365 days a year, with no breaks for Sundays or holidays.

Apparently, this is not the first time a lawyer in Ohio was caught overcharging the government. Kristin Ann Stahlbush in Toledo, was suspended for billing more than 24 hours in a day.

However, the award for the most outrageous bill may belong to an attorney in Florida. According to an insurance company who tracked his hours, the lawyer billed for meeting with a client who was dead.