Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lawyer Without Clients Has License Revoked

An attorney convicted of felony theft has had his license revoked by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The court summarized the criminal charges:

The criminal complaint alleged that Attorney Bielinski stole $542,261.61 held in trust by the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Milwaukee County Treasurer by falsely claiming to represent people entitled to such money.  The criminal complaint further alleged that Attorney Bielinski unsuccessfully tried to steal an additional $84,784.64.

The criminal complaint alleged that between 2007 and 2011, Attorney Bielinski fraudulently purported to represent persons involved in mortgage foreclosure cases in which surplus funds remained after sheriff's sales and he claimed the funds on their behalf.  The criminal complaint alleged that Attorney Bielinski filed 47 fraudulent claims with the Milwaukee County circuit court, 43 of which were approved and paid and 4 of which were denied.  Attorney Bielinski's financial records showed he had no legitimate law practice at the time and his fraud scheme was his primary source of income.  In order to commit these thefts, Attorney Bielinski engaged in a series of identity thefts, false notarizations, forgeries, and thefts of court records.  He filed forged documents with the Milwaukee County circuit court and thereby tricked judges into signing orders to pay him surplus funds.  After receiving payment, Attorney Bielinski often sanitized the records by removing his fraudulent pleadings and forgeries from the official court record.

(Mike Frisch)

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