Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department imposed disbarment of an attorney convicted of offenses relating to the following
The respondent admitted that between February 2006 and June 2011, he was a member of Congregation Aish Kodesh. In or about that time, the respondent was lay treasurer of the congregation. As such, he had authority to transfer monies between bank accounts maintained by the congregation. Admittedly, the respondent transferred $634,960 from accounts of the congregation to accounts under his control, for personal use, without authority. In mitigation, the respondent asserted that he had been unable to maintain his law practice due to a series of family illnesses and had used the funds to pay personal expenses, with the expectation that he would repay it.
On April 9, 2013, the Supreme Court sentenced the respondent, inter alia, to an indeterminate term of imprisonment of 1⅓ to 4 years, and ordered him to make restitution in the sum of $634,960.