White Collar Crime

Disbarred NY lawyer admits embezzling $207K in trust funds


A Buffalo, New York, lawyer already disbarred on embezzlement charges has admitted embezzling $207,000 more in client escrow funds.

David S. Widenor, 45, used the money to pay off personal loans and on family trips to Disney World, the Buffalo News reports.

Widenor, who pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny Thursday, could be facing up to 15 years in prison on the latest charges, prosecutors said.

He previously pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for embezzling $18,550 in escrow funds from another client for which he still faces sentencing. Prosecutors said he spent that money on personal expenses and his children’s education.

Widenor remains free without bail. County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka said he hopes Widenor makes restitution before he sentences him next month.

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