A young DeKalb County lawyer who pleaded guilty to prostitution charges last year is now reportedly accused of lying to a state disciplinary board, according to a complaint filed against her.
The complaint, filed by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission revealed details on criminal charges brought against Reema Bajaj in 2011, including that she allegedly had sex in exchange for office supplies, and alleged that she lied in her sworn statement to the ARDC.
Before she became an attorney, between 2005 and 2008, Bajaj posted ads to adultfriendfinder.com under the name Nikita and accepted money from two responders in exchange for sex, according to the complaint.
The first responder met Bajaj at a DeKalb hotel and paid her $200 in cash in exchange for sex and $100 per appointment for their next approximately 25 encounters, the complaint alleges.
A second man met Bajaj in a story parking lot, paying between $25 and $50 in cash. Or equivalent store gift cards or DVDS for each of their 10-12 encounters, according to the complaint. In addition, the complaint alleges he also purchased $70 worth of supplies for her law office in Sycamore.
Bajaj pleaded guilty to misdemeanor prostitution last June and was sentenced to a term of two years of court supervision and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service, pay fines totaling $2,500, and undergo a psychological evaluation.
In September, Bajaj gave sworn testimony relating to the prostitution charges and claimed she “never charged for sex.”
“I guess I’m saying I pled guilty to it and I do not believe that he paid me for sex,” she said in her testimony when asked if she accepted $100 in exchange for sex.
The Illinois ARDC is now seeking disciplinary action against Bajaj for allegedly lying in that testimony and not revealing that she was working as a prostitute on her bar application.