Sentencing / Post-Conviction
Jury Says Retired Lawyer Jailed in $30M Client Art-Theft Case Must Pay $3.1M to Homeowner
Posted Aug 24, 2011 4:02 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A retired Massachusetts lawyer who served as what a judge called a "glorified fence" in a former client's record-breaking 1978 theft of major art works from a private home has been hit with a $3.1 million judgment.
Robert Mardirosian, 77, is serving a seven-year federal prison term after being convicted in 2008 of possessing stolen property. The client who committed the $30 million theft was shot to death a year later.
The Barnstable Superior Court jury award against Mardirosian is expected to be applied against assets he holds, including a home and a brokerage account, reports the Cape Cod Times.
Mardirosian has dementia, but the sentencing judge said it was important that there be some significant penalty for the crime he had gotten away with for 30 years, especially because he is a lawyer.
An earlier ABAJournal.com post details how the crime went down, as far as Mardirosian is concerned, and his defense arguments: