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Lawyer Hired by His Embezzlement Victim Gets Lighter Sentence to Allow for Restitution

Posted Jan 8, 2013 7:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former Wisconsin lawyer Brian Mularski caught a break in a sentencing hearing on Monday partly because one of his embezzlement victims has put him on the payroll.

Accused of embezzling $737,000, Mularski pleaded guilty in October to theft of more than $10,000 in a business setting. On Monday, Judge David Hansher of Milwaukee County rejected a prosecutor’s recommendation for a two-year prison term in hopes that Mularski will be able to pay additional restitution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Hansher sentenced Mularski to a year in a local jail with work release privileges as a condition of a five-year probation term. If Mularski violates the conditions, he will go to prison for five years. Mularski has already repaid about $238,000, the story says.

Mularski has two jobs, one of them with Global Financial Credit, one of the victims of his embezzlement. According to prosecutors, Mularski diverted money from the law firm Eisenberg Riley & Zimmerman that was supposed to be paid to vendors and insurers.

Mularski’s lawyer said his client’s job with Global Financial is to offer health care insurance to personal injury victims waiting for settlements or awards.

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