Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lawsuit: Attorney Fleeced His 82-Year Old Dad Out Of $80K In Proceeds From Sale Of Long Island Condo While Representing Him At Closing

In New York City, the New York Post reports:
  • A former parking-violations judge once accused of swindling the city also victimized his own father, the dad claims in a lawsuit.

    A decade ago Allan J. Patricof landed a sweetheart gig as the city’s highest-paid Parking Violations Bureau judge, raking in $110,472 in 2006 and $84,687 in 2007.

    At the same time, he was billing the city for hours he didn’t work, investigators charged. Patricof — whose wife, Rochelle, was a deputy at the city Finance Department, which oversees parking judges — was asked to return $8,645.

    Now his dad, Jules Patricof, 89, says Allan, 54, also stole $80,000 from him.

    Jules, who lives in Florida, asked his lawyer son to oversee the sale of a Long Island condo Jules wanted to unload.

    All Allan Patricof did was show up at the April 2014 closing for the Valley Stream property, which had no mortgage and should have netted Jules the $129,000 sale price.

    Instead, Allan sent his pop a check for just $32,632 without “explanation as to why the check was $96,368 less than the $129,000 sale price,” according to court papers.

    Allan charged a whopping $7,500 for “legal fees,” paid $6,450 to a real-estate agent and shelled out $2,677 for maintenance and stock transfer fees, but “a total of $79,741 is completely unaccounted for,” Jules claims in the Manhattan federal court suit against his son.

    When his dad asked for his cash, Allan Patricof allegedly “only provided non-specific, undocumented and false claims of renovation expenses. In reality, [he] has wrongfully and illegally pocketed the money, which was deposited into his attorney escrow account.”

    Jules Patricof is seeking $1.5 million in damages from Allan and hints in court papers his son has caused additional harm with “wide ranging” fraud that the dad doesn’t detail.

    Allan Patricof, who denied wrongdoing as a parking judge, declined comment. The Finance Department absolved him of wrongdoing but reassigned him when the allegations resurfaced in 2009, according to reports.