The Journal News COMPLETELY LEGAL BLOG by Rebecca Baker - December 17, 2010
A Westchester County real estate lawyer who was charged in August with stealing more than $80,000 from a client is now accused of stealing $120,000 from two other clients. Bruce Mogavero, 54, of Eastchester was rearrested and arraigned in Yonkers City Court today on two additional felony counts of second-degree grand larceny, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office. Mogavero, whose office is on Xavier Drive in Yonkers, is accused of stealing $50,000 from an escrow account of a client he was representing in a divorce. The money came from a $455,000 check from a home sale in Tuckahoe that was supposed to stay in the escrow account until the divorce was settled. The theft allegedly happened between August 2008 and this April. Mogavero is also accused of stealing $70,000 from Wells Fargo bank, which had hired him as a settlement attorney for its bank branch in Bronxville, sometime between June 3 and August 19. Earlier this year, Mogavero was indicted for allegedly stealing $82,700 from a client who was selling an apartment in Yonkers. Prosecutors say he stole the money between March 1 and July 1 while representing a man selling his apartment at 485 Bronx River Road. Mogavero was released without bail following his arraignment this morning and is due back in court Jan. 12. He faces up to 15 years in state prison if convicted.