April 3, 2008
Theft Of Foundation Funds Leads to Resignation
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department accepted an attorney's resignation and ordered that he be struck from the rolls. The attorney was under investigation for conduct described in the court's order:
"Respondent...acknowledges that he is under investigation by the Committee based upon a referral from the New York State Attorney General's office into allegations that as Executive Director of the Fischel Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization, respondent intentionally misappropriated funds belonging to the Foundation for his personal use. Respondent allegedly deposited checks payable to the Foundation into his attorney trust account, and then transferred those funds into his personal account. Respondent admits that prior to the referral by the Attorney General's office, he settled any and all claims against him. Finally, respondent acknowledges that if charges were brought against him predicated upon the misconduct under investigation, he could not successfully defend himself against such charges."
An article from the New York Post describes the underlying conduct. (Mike Frisch)
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