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New Jersey lawyer accused of theft crimes involving client funds


When most of our New Jersey readers think about theft crimes, they probably think about shoplifting and identity theft. But anytime someone is entrusted with managing funds for other people, there is the potential that a situation could arise wherein a suspicion of theft could pop up. For one New Jersey attorney, that type of situation recently resulted in two indictments.

According to a recent report, the attorney, a 56-year-old man from Pennsville, stands accused of stealing over $200,000 from his clients. The reports indicate that when clients paid this attorney for legal services he would not use the funds appropriately. The charges detail multiple instances over a four-year period in which this attorney allegedly stole varying amounts of money from the clients.

The charges this attorney is facing are relatively high-level theft charges, and as a result he could face prison time if he is convicted. Even though theft charges, especially for first-time offenders, don't usually result in the severe types of penalties that other, violent crimes might come with, the fact that this man was in a position of trust with his alleged victims would almost certainly play a role in any sentencing decision that a judge would have to make.

A theft crime defense in a case like this will be quite different than defense strategies in other types of cases. In this case, there are likely to be a great deal of financial records and documents to review, and even the effort of getting such records admitted into evidence may be difficult for the prosecution. As a result, the defense strategy in this case may, at least in part, includes a comprehensive review of all of the attorney's financial documents, including those not presented as evidence by the prosecution.

Source: nj.com, "Pennsville attorney accused of stealing $200K from clients indicted on theft charges," Alex Young, April 28, 2014

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