Legal Ethics

Wife of Jailed Ex-Judge Appeals Home Forfeiture, Seeks 3rd Circuit Ruling Protecting Her Interest


The wife of a retired Pennsylvania judge serving a federal prison sentence for insurance fraud is appealing a court order requiring that their home be forfeited to help pay restitution for the crime.

Joanne Joyce, 58, filed an appeal yesterday of a federal judge’s ruling last month that the interests of the insurance companies defrauded by former Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce, 62, trump her rights in the Millcreek Township home, reports the Erie Times-News.

Although he was convicted of exaggerating his injuries from a low-speed auto accident, she is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Retired Pa. Judge Convicted in Auto Accident Fraud”

ABAJournal.com: “Retired Pa. Judge Gets Almost 4 Years in Insurance Fraud Case”

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer Who Advised Auto Body Shop is Charged in Alleged Insurance Fraud”

Updated at 2:08 p.m. to link to subsequent ABAJournal.com post.

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