According to Morris County NJ prosecutor, the 47-year-old suspect committed the identity theft during a real estate closing and stole funds that were intended for the seller of the property.
The New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection learned of the alleged fraud and alerted the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in July.
The prosecutor’s office Financial Crimes Unit investigated the suspect and determined that he used another attorney’s name in a real estate closing that occurred in 2013. The suspect allegedly held in excess of $75,000 of the sale proceedings in a trust account. When the time came for the suspect to give the funds to the seller of the property, the suspect allegedly failed to disburse the money.
Officials believe that the suspect diverted the seller’s funds to a personal account.
The suspect, who resides in Livingston New Jersey, was reportedly disbarred in October 2012. According to the NJ Office of Attorney Ethics, the suspect was suspended and later disbarred because he failed to promptly turn over funds to a client and failed to comply with an ethics investigation.
Now the suspect has been charged with several crimes, including theft by deception, identity theft, and forgery.
After being placed under arrest and processed in the recent case, the suspect was released on his own recognizance. He has a pending court date to answer the charges against him.
Meanwhile, the suspect already has another criminal charge pending out of Florham Park NJ for allegedly committing check fraud in 2014.
For further information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Ex-Flanders Lawyer Charged in Theft of $75,000.”