Saturday, July 09, 2016

81-Year Old Attorney Wraps Up Career By Handing In Bar Ticket, Then Pleading Guilty To Fleecing Elderly Client Out Of Over $75K; Judge May Consider Jail "Buy-Out" Deal If Defendant Makes Good On Pilfered Loot Before Sentencing

In Batavia, New York, WKBW-TV Channel 7 reports:
  • A well-known lawyer in Genesee County admits he stole over $75,000 from an elderly client.

    Batavia Police charged Randolph Zickl, 81, with second-degree grand larceny. He double billed a woman as he worked on the estate for her late husband and withdrew money from a bank account. Investigators say the thefts took place over several years.

    When Zickl was arraigned [], he pleaded guilty to his crime. The judge is giving him until September 20th, his sentencing date, to make full restitution. If he does, the judge will likely consider a sentence of probation instead of jail time.(1)

    The case is being prosecuted by the Erie County District Attorney's office. According to WHAM 13 in Rochester, Zickl has two sons who are attorneys in the Genesee County District Attorney's office. [He] was arraigned before a judge from Erie County.

    Zickl has resigned from the NYS Bar Association.
Source: Lawyer admits stealing $75K from elderly client.

(1) The Lawyers’ Fund For Client Protection Of the State of New York manages and distributes money collected from annual dues paid by members of the state bar to members of the public who have sustained a financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a member of the New York bar acting as an attorney or a fiduciary.

For similar "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds" that attempt to clean up the financial mess created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in other states and Canada, see:
Maps available courtesy of The National Client Protection Organization, Inc.

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