Unprofessionals in Law

February 13, 2015

 

New York lawyer guilty of digging own grave

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Timothy Griffin, 55, hasn’t been having a good few days. After being sentenced to six months for tax evasion, it seems likely he will soon plead guilty to embezzling over $1 million from real estate clients’ escrow accounts.

That might have been enough for some people. But Griffin has also just pleaded guilty to stealing over $1.8 million from the United Hebrew Cemetery, of which he was acting president — money he claimed he was planning to use to pay back his other theft. Sort of like taking out a loan to pay another loan, except taking out twice as much so you can fund a lavish lifestyle on the side.

The bad news for the cemetery was that he was appointed as acting president after the previous incumbent managed to steal almost a million dollars, which probably means they’ll be suffering from some serious trust issues for the foreseeable future.

In his defence, Griffin explained that his judgement had been clouded by a decade-long drinking problem, and the fact that he had been struggling to provide for his wife and six children.

All we know is that when it comes to the question how low can you go, the answer is: at least six feet. JL

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