A local attorney has been indicted for stealing more $250,000 from the estate of an Army veteran, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.
The State of Ohio charges that Purcell served first as a guardian for disabled Army veteran John A. Kane, and then as administrator of his estate after Kane died in Columbiana County on March 15, 2012 at age 56.
Purcell used those positions to steal $262,920.24 for his personal use.
The case was referred to the Prosecutor's Office by Cuyahoga County Probate Court.
Kane's sister had filed suit against Purcell after discovering that her brother's funeral bills had not been paid.
On January 9, 2014, Purcell was found guilty in Probate Court of concealing assets belonging to the Guardianship of John A. Kane.
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