White-Collar Crime

Ex-Attorney Gets 21 Months for Stealing $343K from Law Firm

A disbarred Georgia lawyer was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison yesterday for stealing a little over $343,000 from the law firm at which the then-attorney then worked.

Steven Zagoria, 59, was found guilty, according to prosecutors, of forging a partner’s endorsement on checks to the firm for attorney’s fees and then depositing the money into his personal account rather than the firm’s account, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was disbarred in January for the conduct, according to a Georgia Supreme Court opinion reprinted by Findlaw.

An Associated Press article says the crime was discovered by the unidentified law firm in an audit of its books.

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