An Oakland Park lawyer who was once a partner at Berger Singerman and Adorno & Yoss is wanted by the FBI as a fugitive and is considered armed and dangerous.
A bench warrant was issued for Michael R. Casey, 67, after he failed to appear at a federal court hearing in Miami on April 29.
Casey, a former chairman of a Broward County Bar Association committee, was one of five defendants accused in a $19 million fraudulent investment scheme in September 2012. He was charged with mail and wire fraud and conspiracy.
A lawyer for 36 years, Casey was a partner at the defunct Adorno & Yoss from 2009 to 2010, a partner at Berger Singerman from 2007 to 2009 and of counsel at Greenberg Traurig from 2001 to 2007.
The FBI said Casey was the president and in-house attorney for Fort Lauderdale-based Commodities Online LLC, which sold interests in purported short-term commodities contracts promising returns ranging from 3 percent to 33 percent. Prosecutors charged investors who requested their returns were paid with money from new investors. In April 2011, the company was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Casey’s trial was set for May 19 before U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard in Miami.
Despite his arrest in 2012, Casey was still an active member of the Florida Bar, according to Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker.
“If there’s no immediate danger to clients or clients funds, it’s not unusual for the Florida Bar to monitor the criminal justice case and keep the file open and not take further action until the lawyer is convicted or not,” she said. “We are now reviewing the file.”