Court hits Petters ex-lawyer Baer for 3 drug convictions

  • Updated: August 30, 2011 - 5:42 PM

Tom Petters' former corporate counsel was reprimanded Tuesday and placed on three years' probation by the Minnesota Supreme Court for three felony drug convictions.

David Baer, 38, of Eden Prairie, admitted the allegations brought by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, according to the court order. The probation time will coincide with Baer's three-year criminal probation period.

The conditions of the probation require Baer to abstain from the use of all drugs, save for prescription drugs prescribed by a doctor. He must also continue monthly counseling sessions with Jewish Family and Children's Service, and pay court costs of $900.

In 2008, FBI agents searched Baer's office at Petters' world headquarters in Minnetonka and found a safe with his passport and drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine. Baer, who had joined Petters in 2003, was not implicated in Petters' fraud and left the company after Petters was charged.

KEVIN DUCHSCHERE

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