- Accused Philly Lawyer Is Arrested at Alabama Bus Station with Passport and Maps, Police Say
Accused Philly Lawyer Is Arrested at Alabama Bus Station with Passport and Maps, Police Say
Posted Nov 10, 2011 9:13 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Police acting on a tip Wednesday about a man at an Alabama Greyhound station with narcotics learned the suspect they were questioning was a lawyer wanted in connection with charges he bilked an elderly widow out of $1.1 million.
Dothan, Ala., police didn’t find any drugs, but they arrested Philadelphia lawyer Michael Kwasnik on an outstanding warrant, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dothan Eagle and the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Police said in a press release that Kwasnik and a companion had passports and maps, “items essential for out of country travel.” He also had a large amount of cash and several prepaid cell phones, according to New Jersey Attorney General spokesman Peter Aseltine, the Star-Ledger says.
Kwasnik was indicted on Monday on charges of stealing $1.1 million from a 92-year-old woman who hired the lawyer to manage her money. Arrest warrants were issued on Tuesday when Kwasnik failed to surrender to authorities.
He is also accused of operating a Ponzi scheme in a suit by New Jersey’s attorney general.
The police tip came from a cab driver who thought Kwasnik was acting in a suspicious manner.