A former lawyer pleaded guilty in Allen County Superior Court to charges of corrupt business influence and theft, admitting to stealing money from his clients.
Daniel E. Serban, 53, will be sentenced in mid-May. He pleaded guilty to two of the four charges against him – Class C felony corrupt business influence and Class D felony theft.
Arrested and charged last September, Serban admitted Monday to failing to distribute money paid into Serban Law Office’s Trust Account to the appropriate clients or to those entitled by court order to receive it.
During the course of the investigation, Serban told officers some of the money he used to pay off the original client, after he was confronted, had been taken from money put into the trust account for an estate. He told investigators he forged the name of the estate’s personal representative on the check.
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Ex-Lawyer Admits Bilking Clients