Atlantic City School Board Member Calls for Disqualification of Lawyer in Lawsuit Against Him | criminality
An Atlantic City school board member who is being sued by the district for claiming he no longer lives in the city is asking a judge to remove the board’s attorney from the case.
Farook Hossain filed a motion in Atlantic County Superior Court on Tuesday asking that Tracy L. Riley be disqualified from representing the Atlantic City School Board in her lawsuit against Hossain in February.
Riley could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The lawsuit claims that Hossain falsified his children’s requests for free and reduced school meals by underestimating his income and that of his wife. The district also alleges that Hossain, his wife and two children, who are currently enrolled in the Atlantic City School District, actually live in Egg Harbor Township.
In his motion, Hossain is represented by the Lento Law Group, the same firm representing Jane Doe who is suing the district for treating former substitute teacher Kayan Frazier, who pleaded guilty in federal court this year to one count. sexual exploitation of a child.
The motion alleges that Riley has a conflict of interest in suing Hossain on behalf of the district while representing him as legal counsel to the Board of Education.
“Setting aside the merits of the BOE’s lawsuit against Mr. Hossain, which he views as retaliation for taking positions that prioritize student safety over political concerns, we believe Ms. Riley has a conflict of interest in arguing this lawsuit on behalf of the BOE, ”said attorney Terrell A. Ratliff of Lento Law Group. “We are confident that the court will agree with us and disqualify Ms. Riley.”