Joseph L. Carlton, Jr. was disbarred on September 23, 2014. Carlton voluntarily resigned his license to practice law in North Carolina after pleading guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1012—knowingly preparing HUD-1 Settlement Statements that did not accurately show the disbursements in certain FHA insured real estate transactions.
The Superior Court Judge found that Carlton’s misconduct constitutes grounds for discipline pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 84-28(b)(1) and (2), thus warranting disbarment. Carlton has to wait five years before he can petitioner for reinstatement of his law license.