Attorney Joseph Askar (left) with Commissioner Tony Amadio / file photo by John Paul

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has dismissed a complaint filed by Commissioner Sandie Egley against former county solicitor Joseph Askar.

Egley filed the complaint against Askar in September 2017, asking the board to investigate if he had violated any rules of professional conduct as an attorney surrounding the county’s sale of the Friendship Ridge nursing home.

The Beaver Countian published an investigative report in June 2017 first revealing that Askar had been working as an attorney for Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services — the corporation which acquired the county nursing home — after the sale had been finalized but while still working as chief county solicitor (BeaverCountian.com continues to stand by its reporting in the piece.)

Askar acknowledged at the time his work for Comprehensive, and that the Board of Commissioners were unaware he had been retained by them. Askar also insisted he in no way violated professional standards for attorneys established by the state.

In his work for Comprehensive, Askar had sought to collect over $1 million from the state for healthcare services provided to patients when Friendship Ridge was county owned, but for unknown reasons the county had never billed for.

“I was retained on a contingency fee basis,” Askar told BeaverCountian.com in 2017. “If I could collect the monies from the state, I could get a piece […] I was provided by [Comprehensive] with the names and dates of the patients.”

It is unclear what specifically Egley outlined in her complaint. Complaints to the Disciplinary Board are confidential and not subject to Right-to-Know requests, as are the agency’s determinations in cases which do not lead to disciplinary action.

See Also:

Investigative Report: Former Chief County Solicitor Represented New Friendship Ridge Owners While Still Employed By The County

Former County Solicitor Joe Askar Hosting Big Money Campaign Fundraiser For Gov Wolf At “Friendship Ridge” Facility

Investigative Report: County Records Altered – Inaccurate Meeting Minutes About Askar And Friendship Ridge

Commissioner Egley Seeks Investigation Into Former County Solicitor Joe Askar By Supreme Court Disciplinary Board

Commissioner Amadio “No Comment” On If His Statement About Egley’s Complaint Against Former Solicitor Was Untrue

Camp Flips – County Will Release Another $300,000 To New Friendship Ridge Owners And Surrender Lawsuit

Former County Solicitor & “Friendship Ridge” Attorney Praises Commissioner Camp In Post To Egley’s Social Media Page

Amadio And Camp Contract Askar As CYS Solicitor

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

The Disciplinary Board is OUT OF ORDER! Along with being a fucking joke. Who is on this board and when was the last time any discipline was dispensed to anyone?

equalizer13
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equalizer13

I bet the shindig he held for Wolfie has nothing to do with it. RIGHT! Rampant corruption at all levels. Thugs protecting each other as they plunder the taxpaying public.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Asswipe Askar thinks he’s Tom from the Godfather. In reality he’s nothing more than a lackey and the taxpaying publics worst nightmare. Unethical, immoral and in the big boys pockets so deep. he’ll get his soon. Karma is a bitch. Many of you don’t believe it but God has a wicked way of making people atone for their crimes. Even Betters and Nardelli will get their due justice.

Raven
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Raven

Askar. A.K.A Mr. Creosote. Just one thin mint more.

what the f
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what the f

the disciplinary board doesn’t do a fucking thing, they are a big joke

Wise Owl
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Wise Owl

The Disciplinary Board is almost as useless as the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, when did they ever turn down a rate increase.

Valdamir
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Valdamir

I guess there was nothing wrong.