INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court appointed a temporary replacement for LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi who has been suspended from practicing law for 60 days starting Aug. 1.
The five-member high court unanimously selected Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary to act as prosecuting attorney of LaPorte County during Szilagyi's suspension.
Neary is also immediately authorized "to take any actions necessary to initiate and prosecute new legal matters" that require attention from the prosecutor's office during Szilagyi's two-month suspension.
On June 20, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended Szilagyi's law license for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation that was prejudicial to the administration of justice.
Specifically, Szilagyi forged the signatures of his ex-wife and secretary (as notary) on a property deed required to refinance his home.
The court said in suspending Szilagyi that he should have known the importance of valid signatures on a legal document after more than 30 years experience as an attorney.
Szilagyi, a Democrat, was elected prosecutor in 2010.