The Supreme Court of Tennessee has disbarred Kingsport attorney Everett H. Mechem from practicing law following his 2016 federal convictions on fraud and theft charges.

Mechem, 57, was convicted last June on 28 counts of wire fraud, two counts of SSI fraud, two counts of providing false statements and one count of theft, in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee. The high court disbarred him last week, according to a written statement.

According to the evidence presented at trial, from January 2009 to July 2013, Mechem, acting as the attorney and representative payee for his wife, Sheila A. Mechem, schemed to defraud the U.S. government to obtain SSI payments for her to which she was not entitled, since she worked as a paralegal at his law firm and as spokesperson for his Consumer Law Center.

He must comply with the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule regarding the obligations and responsibilities of disbarred attorneys and may not return to the active practice of law until reinstated by the Supreme Court.

Mechem is required to pay the board’s costs and court costs in this matter.

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