Oakland attorney indicted in illegal solicitation of INS

By Josh Richman

An Oakland lawyer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on suspicion of seeking information from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that he wasn't authorized to have.

Leon Henderson Rountree Jr., 56, is charged with two counts of making false statements to the INS.

The maximum penalty for each count is five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Rountree allegedly submitted forms to the INS stating he had been given permission by two people to request their INS records.

The two people were actually INS informants who had not given such permission.

Rountree, who is listed as having an office on Grand Avenue, couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

He will be arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Wayne Brazil in Oakland on Tuesday, and he will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Burch.

Records from the State Bar of California show Rountree was admitted to the bar in September 1972 after earning an undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and a law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

He has a public record of discipline by the State Bar. State Bar spokeswoman Kathleen Beiticks said Rountree in May 1991 was given a one-year stayed suspension, three years of probation and 90-day actual suspension from practicing law.

The records of his violation are archived and couldn't be accessed Thursday.

Beiticks also said Rountree's right to practice was suspended for two days in 1992 for failure to pay State Bar dues, and again for about 10 days in 1995 for child and family support noncompliance.

Rountree, an Oakland native, ran for a seat on the Oakland Unified School District's board in 1983.


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