Thursday, March 7, 2013
Warwick attorney, Janet Mastronardi, has been arrested for embezzling almost $150,000 from a client. She has been charged with embezzlement and unlawful appropriation. A review of her bank accounts revealed that she stole $144,989.21 of her client's money and, over a period of 11 months, wrote a series of 25 checks to herself. It is also alleged she closed two of her elderly client's investment accounts worth $224,058.57 and deposited her proceeds into two new bank accounts. The money was not listed on her client's probate account.
For the embezzlement charge, Mastronardi faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. The unlawful appropriation charge could add 20 years in prison and over $400,000 in fines.
See Dee DeQuattro, Attorney Arrested For Embezzling More than 100K from Client, abc6.com, Mar. 6, 2013.