NEBRASKA SUPREME COURT
LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court disciplined a Lincoln attorney Friday for failing to file a client's immigration paperwork and lying about that failure.
Keith Prettyman did not contest the charges, and the court suspended his law license for two years.
A former Lincoln Public Schools board member, Prettyman has held a Nebraska license since 1976.
According to the court, the case involved an Indonesian citizen who had a special visa allowing him to work legally in the United States. The man's initial employer went out of business in 2010, and Swanson Russell, a Lincoln marketing firm, later wanted to hire him.
Swanson Russell asked Prettyman, the company's outside counsel, to make sure the man's immigration documents were properly updated so that he could work for the company.
The court said Prettyman had not handled this type of immigration matter and did not consult a more experienced attorney.
Instead, starting in late 2010, he told Swanson Russell that he had filed the updated paperwork, though he had not. He stuck to that story through July 2013.
His lie was discovered after Swanson Russell hired an immigration attorney in August 2013 to look into the matter. Because the document had not been properly filed, the man had to return to Indonesia.
Prettyman did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
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