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Volusia County lawyer accused of sex, drug usage with clients

A former longtime public defender in Volusia County who started her own defense practice, has been disbarred over allegations that she had intimate relationships with clients and used illegal drugs.

Florida Bar records show Linda Hadad admitted to using cocaine, crack ecstasy, pot, crystal meth and acid, as well as Xanax, Adderall, oxycodone and Lortab, without valid prescriptions.

She admitted she used her credit card to rent a vehicle for a man who repaid her with prescription pills and crack.

Records also said Hadad admitted to mixing business with pleasure at the jail by using her attorney access to have personal visits with two inmates, Steven Sullivan and Brandon Carson.

According to records, during a phone call, Carson talked about kissing her during their next visit, and when Hadad was asked about it, she answered, “He did kiss me one time.”

Records show during one call, Hadad told Carson, “I can’t wait to touch your (expletive). We will have to get my sex toy, too.”

And they show she told Sullivan during a call, “I miss phone sex.”

The records went on to describe sexually graphic conversations between Hadad and Sullivan.

After Hadad was questioned at length by the Florida Bar last year, she was arrested four times for driving without a license and fleeing from police.

Hadad was arrested in 2010 on a charge of driving under the influence.

Channel 9 went to Hadad’s last known address to speak with her about her disbarment, but was unable to contact her.

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