BENTON – Belleville lawyer Charles Stegmeyer took a fee while
his license was suspended, a former client pleads from Pinckneyville jail.
Demetrious Moore sued Stegmeyer and lawyer Marianne Hannigan
at U.S. district court on Aug. 2, claiming they never notified him of Stegmeyer’s
“I was not represented by the attorney I paid due to him
being suspended from the practice of law,” Moore wrote.
“I had to get a public defender because Mr. Stegmeyer took
my life savings.
“He took my money and misrepresented me.”
Moore wrote that he paid Stegmeyer in 2014, to represent him
on five felony cases in Madison County.
His suit claims that they agreed on $7,500, and Stegmeyer
agreed to take a down payment of $2,455.
Moore claims he signed a power of attorney so Stegmeyer
could use his debit card to receive his monthly social security benefit of
On Dec. 4, 2014, Stegmeyer was suspended for 60 days.
Moore claims that while in jail, he was called for an attorney
visit on Dec. 10.
He wrote that he met Hannigan, who told him she was
assisting Stegmeyer while he was sick in the hospital.
“I knew Ms. Hannigan was lying because I saw in the
Bellevillle newspaper he was suspended,” Moore wrote.
Moore wrote that Hannigan used his credit card without his
consent to obtain $1,491.
He wrote that she told him that if he went to trial, a jury
would use the Michael Brown matter in Ferguson to find him guilty.
He wrote that he asked her what his case had to do with
Ferguson, and she said, “The state’s attorneys and juries don’t like what’s
going on in Ferguson.”
“I feel I am entitled to actual or punitive damages because
I have to pay Social Security back over $5,000, and Mr. Stegmeyer didn’t earn
my fees,” Moore wrote.
District Judge Staci Yandle will preside over the action.
The last time a former client sued Stegmeyer, he sued right
Last year, in St. Clair County circuit court, Stegmeyer filed
a defamation suit against Missouri resident Frederick Peet.
Stegmeyer claimed Peet defamed him by filing a malpractice
suit against him.
Peet removed the suit to U.S. district court, citing
diversity of citizenship.
Stegmeyer moved to remand it to St. Clair County, and Chief
District Judge Michael Reagan denied the motion.
Stegmeyer moved to dismiss the action without prejudice, and
Reagan told him he must dismiss it with prejudice or compensate Peet for his
Stegmeyer didn’t respond, so Reagan dismissed the action
without prejudice and ordered Stegmeyer to pay Peet $638.40.
Reagan wrote that if Stegmeyer dismissed it without
prejudice, Reagan would award costs to Peet.