Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We reported earlier on the brazen attitude and extraodinary thefts by a Pennsylvania estate and long-term care planning attorney. Wendy Weikal-Beauchat, age 47, pled guilty to a series of crimes and on December 16, 2014 she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentencing judge ordered more than $6 million in restitution and the same amount in forefeitures. In ordering her immediate surrender at the end of the hearing, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III emphasized the betrayal of client trust that accompanied the now disbarred Gettysburg attorney's actions.
"Approximately 30 of Weikal-Beauchat's former clients attended the sentencing, 16 of which read statements to the court, the release states. Most emphasized the mental, as well as the financial, harm inflicted on them and their families by Weikal-Beauchat's fraud.
Weikal-Beauchat stole from clients who were members of the Great Depression and World War II generation and had undermined public trust in lawyers, said Judge John E. Jones III during sentencing. Jones said Weikal-beauchat's apology, which was presented in court for the first time Tuesday, was hollow, the release states."
Additional details from the Evening Sun news coverage are here.