Thursday, December 28, 2017

Stealing From Widow Draws Disbarment

The New York Appellate Division  for the Second Judicial Department disbarred an attorney who admitted to willful misappropriation.

The respondent acknowledges in her affidavit that her resignation is freely and voluntarily rendered, and t hat she is not being subjected to coercion or duress by anyone. She acknowledges that she is the subject of a disciplinary charge pending before this Court, as set forth in a verified petition dated August 9, 2017, alleging willful misappropriation of money or property. The respondent acknowledges that she could not successfully defend herself against the allegations based upon the facts and circumstances of her professional conduct. Further, she acknowledges that she is fully aware of the implications of submit t ing her resignation, including that the Court’s acceptance and approval shall result in the entry of an order of disbarment striking her name from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law

The Huntington Patch reported on related criminal charges

The founding partner of a Huntington-based personal injury and medical practice law firm was arraigned Friday for stealing more than $800,000 from a widowed client's settlement fund, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Carol Schlitt, 58, of Huntington Bay, represented a widow in a wrongful death action involving the woman's deceased husband, the DA said. Schlitt held the money from the settlement of the wrongful death action in an escrow account and embezzled the money for her personal use, the DA said.

"Our investigation found that even after obtaining a significant fee in excess of $400,000, the defendant over a four year period siphoned off over $800,000 of the widow's settlement funds," Spota said in a press release.

The Schlitt Law Firm has an office located at 79 Wall St. in Huntington Village. The firm's website says it is currently down for maintenance and its Facebook page "isn't available right now."

Patch called the Schlitt Law Firm's number and left a message for Schlitt. Patch also sent an email to the Schlitt Law Firm requesting a statement regarding Schlitt's charges.

(Mike Frisch)

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