A Vermont man convicted of bank fraud is now taking his former lawyers to court. Roger Lussier is the former president of Lyndonville Savings Bank. He was convicted on 17 federal counts including bank fraud in 1993. Lussier alleges that the now-dissolved law firm of Bailey, Fishman and Leonard represented him ineffectively.
Lussier says the firm neglected to object to a $426,000 restitution order imposed at his sentencing. But lawyers for the firm told jurors that the restitution order was not the direct cause of the alleged damages. They say the ultimate cause of Lussier’s problems was his own criminal conduct. They also told jurors that Lussier’s damages were not as significant as he said.