Criminal Justice

Lawyer charged with theft, accused of accepting $2K to represent inmate but not entering appearance

A Pennsylvania lawyer has been criminally charged with theft in Berks County for allegedly accepting a little under $2,000 to represent a jailed client but then performing no work on his case.

Investigators checked to see if David J. Delcollo had entered an appearance (they say he didn’t) before charging him with theft and related offenses, the Reading Eagle reports.

Authorities say a Reading robbery case has been dismissed against the inmate Delcollo was supposed to be representing, and the ex-client, Julio Arocho, is now expected to testify against his former attorney at Delcollo’s criminal trial.

Chief Berks County Detective Michael J. Gombar told the newspaper he can’t remember another lawyer being criminally charged there, but added that “no one’s above the law.”

Delcollo, who practices in Reading, did not respond to a message from the newspaper seeking comment.

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