PORTLAND, Maine — A Saco lawyer who admitted to laundering money for a major southern Maine marijuana dealer has been suspended from the practice of law, the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Wednesday.
Once Gary M. Prolman, 52, is sentenced, he is expected to be disbarred.
In addition to the order of suspension issued by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that bars Prolman from practicing in state courts, a second order that would suspend him from practicing in federal courts is pending before U.S. District Judge John Woodcock.
P rolman waived indictment and pleaded guilty on April 29 in U.S. District Court in Portland to a single charge of conspiracy to launder money for helping interstate marijuana trafficker David Jones funnel $177,500 in illegal drug proceeds through legitimate-seeming business deals.
The suspended lawyer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines, although a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors allows him to appeal any sentence greater than 46 months behind bars.
Prolman remains free on bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Known in Cumberland and York counties as a criminal defense lawyer, Prolman was the only lawyer to get an accused john acquitted in last year’s high-profile Kennebunk prostitution case, according to a previously published report. Former Kennebunk High School hockey coach Donald Hill was the only one of 68 individuals charged with paying local Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright for sex to take his case to a jury trial and win acquittal.
Wright, Thomaston-based business partner Mark Strong and 66 other johns were convicted for their roles in the scandalous case, which attracted worldwide media attention because of its setting in an otherwise quaint Maine town and widespread rumors about whether anyone famous might be revealed as one of Wright’s reported 140-plus clients.
After serving his sentence, Prolman could petition the board for reinstatement.
Andrews Campbell, 72, of Bowdoinham was disbarred in 1987 after being convicted of distribution of marijuana in federal court in Portland. After serving his sentence, Campbell, who continues to practice, was reinstated in 2001.