A disbarred New York lawyer is headed to prison for stealing money he was supposed to manage for incapacitated children, mental patients and elderly people.
Steven Rondos was sentenced Tuesday in a Manhattan court to five to 15 years in prison.
Rondos was court-appointed to assure his victims' money was used for their benefit. Some were medical malpractice victims who had won money in lawsuits.
Prosecutors say Rondos stole more than $4 million from about two dozen people and used the money for luxuries including a $31,000 television, a $99 umbrella and a $1.4 million home in Ridgewood, N.J.
The 45-year-old Rondos pleaded guilty earlier to charges including grand larceny. He has said depression was a factor in his crimes.
Defense lawyer Frank Rothman says Rondos planned to appeal his sentence as too harsh.
NY Atty Gets Prison for Theft of Money He Managed