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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Attorney Get 15 Years in Prison for Bilking Elderly Clients Out Of $13 Million (MORE, CLICK HERE)

Attorney Get 15 Years in Prison for Bilking Elderly Clients Out Of $13 Million
New York Lawyer
December 7, 2007

By John Pacenti - Daily Business Review

MIAMI -- Saying he would mete out a longer sentence if he could, U.S. District Court Judge Alan Gold handed down the strictest prison sentence possible under federal guidelines -- 15 years -- for one-time high-flying Miami attorney Louis S. Robles for bilking elderly clients out of more than $13 million.

Gold had previously rejected a plea deal worked out for Robles by the U.S. Attorney's office that would have resulted in 10 years behind bars for the 59-year-old lawyer, saying it was too lenient.

Besides serving 15 years in prison, Gold ordered Robles to pay $13.5 million in restitution and work 900 hours of community service in a nursing home. He must also relinquish his law license for good.

The attorney represented more than 7,000 asbestos clients from the late 1980s through February 2003. Federal prosecutors said he operated an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Clients -- many elderly and dying -- would not be paid until he misappropriated money from other clients. Nearly 4,400 clients were defrauded, the government said.

Robles pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud on Sept. 17 for misappropriating settlements in asbestos lawsuits, defrauding thousands of clients nationwide. He paid little or nothing to clients while living in the lap of luxury with two full-time servants, a private plane and a waterfront mansion on Key Biscayne.

The lawyer "abused the special trust that his clients placed in him," U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a statement late Tuesday. "Robles sought out clients who were dying and cheated them out of millions of dollars, so that he could finance his own extravagant lifestyle."


Anonymous said...

God Bless this Federal Judge, finally a Federal Judge does the right thing! Maybe this is a sign of things to come? Let's all hope! The Federal Prisons could be filled with these rat lawyers which is where they belong.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would go after some of the crooked New York lawyers, and clean up some of the crap that's been stinking up NY for years!

Anonymous said...

aside for the 13 million i hope he had to pay thier legal fees

Anonymous said...

Don't hold your breath waiting for a clean up in NY. The Commission on Judicial Conduct and ALL of the ethics committees are useless puppets of the party bosses.

Anonymous said...

a lawyer ran a scam with a $250,000settlement that we were to receive on my husband and me, when we went to other lawyers to go this bad apple, we were told we had to pay up front which we couldn't do, so this bum got away free, sometimes I think that they all worked together against us, we complained to everybody it did no good, so here we are

Anonymous said...

this bum should be sent to another country and put in their prison. It would be cheaper and this bum would enjoy it more

Anonymous said...

the secret problem is- that no matter what happens THE LAWYERS (and judges) GET PAID !

Anonymous said...

We need some U.S. Senators to get ivolved in this court corruption scandal.

Anonymous said...

don't give him any parole

Anonymous said...

Q. What's a lawyer gone bad?

A. A US Senator!

is not what we need.

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