FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 25, 2018
Former Sunset Park Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing
$150,000 From His Escrow Account
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Sunset Park attorney has been indicted for allegedly stealing funds in his escrow account.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant was entrusted to safeguard these funds, but instead allegedly stole the money and used it for his own purposes. We will now hold him accountable for his alleged criminal actions.”
The District Attorney said that the defendant, Robert Parker, 53, of Easton, Pennsylvania, was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which he is charged with two counts of second- and third-degree grand larceny and two counts of first-degree perjury. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on September 19, 2018.
The District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, between 2014 and 2018, the defendant, who had a law office in Sunset Park, allegedly stole a down payment of approximately $98,000 in connection with a real estate transaction and a settlement of $55,000 from a client, and rebuffed numerous attempts to contact him.
The case was referred to the District Attorney’s Office by the Grievance Committee.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sara Walshe, of the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michael Spanakos, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.