Saturday, September 8, 2012
David R. Schnell, 53, was convicted of stealing almost $34,000 from a client’s estate. Erie County Judge Sheila A DiTullio ordered the disbarred lawyer to repay the money and serve six months in jail and five years on probation.
Schnell admitted to a gambling addiction, and expressed extreme remorse for betraying his client’s trust. He makes no excuses for his actions and only blames himself.
As a result of his gambling addiction, Schnell ran into other trouble with the law. He plead guilty to grand larceny for thefts from other estates in Niagra County. Currently, Schnell is serving two consecutive one-year sentences in Niagra County, and he has to pay the full amount back to the victims over 10 years.
See North Tonawanda Lawyer Sentenced For Stealing From Client, The Buffalo News, Sept. 8, 2012.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.