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State suspends law license of Bloomington lawyer for misappropriating money

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The state of Illinois has suspended the law license of a Bloomington attorney for misappropriating money from insurance cases and neglecting clients.

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has issued what's often called a soft disbarment for Gregory Oltman, equating to an indefinite suspension. Oltman won't be able to practice law for a minimum of three years, must petition for reinstatement, and has to go through a commission hearing before the state Supreme Court considers lifting the suspension.

Oltman has been a licensed attorney for 38 years.

The commission said Oltman misappropriated about $31,000 in three subrogation matters, didn't pursue four others, and didn't tell clients those matters had been dismissed because of the neglect. He also didn't respond to their requests for information.

Oltman is not listed as a member of the McLean County Bar Association on the association's website.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.