A disbarred attorney was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to stealing more than $900,000 from clients’ estate funds, authorities said.
Robert Wagner of Bellmore had pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree grand larceny in March, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
He was sentenced to one to three years in prison and ordered to to pay restitution in the amount of $597,024.
“This defendant swindled his clients, stealing more than $900,000 and used it to enrich himself and his business,” DA Singas said. “Our Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau has prosecuted more than 15 attorneys in recent years for scamming their clients and this sentence should send a clear message that lawyers who break the law will face serious consequences.”
Wagner was first charged with second-degree grand larceny in September 2016 for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from an estate he represented. At that time, he was released on $200,000 bail and required to wear a monitor-tracking device and surrender his passport; his attorney said that Wagner had repaid every cent of the money to the beneficiaries.
Wagner paid most of the beneficiaries their entitled bequests before the DA’s investigation began, with the last beneficiary receiving $100,000 subsequent to the investigation and prior to the defendant’s arrest.
But the first investigation and a review of bank records led to Wagner’s second arrest in November 2016. An administrator of a French estate had retained Wagner retained to facilitate the transfer of money from the decedent’s Suffolk County-based bank accounts to…
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