Facing foreclosure on a family home or bankruptcy due to ever rising basic costs is a scary option, but help is available. However, one must consider from where the help is coming. A New York Criminal Lawyer accounts what happened when one attorney decided to help himself instead of his clients.
In Chicago one attorney with the help of his wife decided to defraud clients by promising to help with foreclosure and bankruptcy issues. Clients turned to this Chicago attorney for help in their hour of need and were taken for granted, money stolen, and homes foreclosed on even though payments had been made to the attorney. The attorney was using his client’s money to fund his own goals.
A Lawyer would be one option for representation and given the circumstances this may be the way that the Chicago attorney should precede. The attorney is charged with one count of mail fraud, six counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count of obstruction. His wife is charged with one count of obstruction, two counts of perjury, and one count of bankruptcy fraud. His wife is charged as an accomplice, even though she supposedly did not deal with the clients directly. However, the attorney’s wife lied by completing documents stating that one client had completed a credit counseling course that the client had not completed. The couple told clients that funds paid would be used to make mortgage payments or to complete Chapter 13 bankruptcy plans, but the funds were instead used for the couple’s own benefit, alleges a Criminal Lawyer in New York. It is said that a doctor makes the worst patient and this also holds true for attorneys. This Chicago based attorney should get help from a local Lawyer immediately.
If convicted mail fraud can carry a penalty of up to twenty years with restitution and a 250,000 dollar fine. Bankruptcy fraud in Brooklyn and Staten Island also carries a fine of 250,000 dollars and a maximum penalty of five years. Perjury only has a sentence of five years maximum in prison. The wife is charged with perjury because she allegedly lied under oath when asked if she had the power to speak on behalf of a client. The couple has been indicted by the Grand Jury, but has not yet gone to trial. Trial dates have not yet been released nor have any discussions of a plea or cooperation on behalf of the couple.
Criminal charges can be a difficult pill to swallow, whether guilty or not the legal system takes time to work and having talented representation is a must. The best representation may be a New York Criminal Attorney. Do not face charges alone, when the time comes make sure your representation can be trusted.The Office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates can offer you support and guidance as well as a free consultation when you contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW. We have offices in New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx and in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.