Monday, July 31, 2017

More felony charges filed against disbarred attorney

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Five more people have come forward, claiming to have been victimized by a disbarred attorney who was originally arrested last spring for allegedly misusing money meant for a woman in Berks County.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced Friday additional felony charges against Patrick Bradley. Those charges include dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.

Bradley, 45, of Collegeville, was arrested on April 10 for the alleged theft and misappropriation of $146,917.01 in client funds. Publicity surrounding the case led to the discovery of five additional victims, with losses totaling $13,954.19, Steele said.

Bradley was authorized to use the money to pay the living expenses of a woman in a facility in Berks County, however, he instead used it to pay for his utility and cell phone bills, restaurant meals, gas, and retail purchases, Steele said.

"These victims believed they were paying for legal work by a reputable attorney who was in good standing and licensed," Steele said. "Instead, the defendant took money for work he was not authorized to perform, never fully performed or that he stole funds he was to safeguard for the benefit of an individual. He took advantage of good people for his own gain."

Bradley is free on $50,000 bail. He's due in court for a preliminary hearing on August 22.

In the meantime, Steele said there may be more than the 17 victims located, so far. Anyone with information concerning questionable legal interactions or use of their funds by Bradley is asked to call the Montgomery County detectives at 610-278-3368.

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1 comment:

Finny said...

Pile the charges on so this guy doesn't get out for a long time.