The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a former Ridgefield resident and lawyer with stealing a woman’s inheritance, according to a press release.
The victim, who was not identified, inherited $31,565 from her grandmother’s estate in 1996 and had given the money to Diane S. Avery, now of Holland, Mich., to disburse to put in a trust account, the release states.
Avery was supposed to disburse the money to the woman periodically, but the payments stopped in April 2007, the release states. The woman tried to contact Avery but couldn’t reach her.
Avery was suspended from practicing law in New Jersey by the Office of Attorney Ethics in March 2008, according to the release.
Avery is charged with one count of theft by deception and one count of failure to make required disposition of property acquires, both third degree crimes.
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Former Ridgefield Lawyer Charged With Stealing Woman's Inheritance