March 22, 2012
Payment Stopped, Attorney Struck
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department accepted the resignation of an attorney and struck him from its rolls.
The admitted misconduct:
With respect to the complaint filed against him, respondent states that Harvey D. Wolinetz (Wolinetz) alleges that respondent represented Eliyahu Weinstein (Weinstein) in several complex commercial real estate transactions in which Wolinetz was also involved. At Weinstein's behest, respondent advised Wolinetz that Weinstein had deposited nine million dollars into respondent's escrow account and that the funds would clear the next day. While the funds had in fact been deposited, Weinstein subsequently stopped payment on those funds, making them unavailable. Respondent never so advised Wolinetz. Never having been advised that the funds were no longer in respondent's escrow account, Wolinetz went forward with loan transactions related to the real estate transaction to his detriment.
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Ben Hager’s partner in crime, Eliyahu Weinstein is under indictment in the District of New Jersey for stealing hundred’s of millions of dollars. Ben Hager is mentioned throughout the indictment. You could see the indictment at the link below.
Ben Hager was bounced out of his firm, Mallow Konstam & Hager after Eli Weinstein stole checks from their attorney escrow account and used the checks to walk off with more than a half million dollars in trust money. If you have a pacer account, you could read more about it at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Mallow, Konstam & Hager, P.C. et al 1:10-cv-03469-DLC.
Posted by: Kanarek | Mar 23, 2012 1:34:18 PM