LANSING, MI – A Michigan attorney is accused of stealing money from a client who has been dead for eight years.
Grosse Pointe Park, 63-year-old Anthony Semaan has been charged with agent embezzlement between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000. This offense is punishable by 15 years in prison and / or a fine of $ 25,000.
Semaan allegedly stole funds from his late client’s trust that were intended for the Michigan Humane Society. Semaan drafted the victim’s trust in 2011 and when the person later died in 2013 he was responsible for distributing the funds as indicated in the trust.
“The victim’s trust showed very clearly how the funds would be paid out, and the defendant was required by law to obey Michigan professional codes,” said Dana Nessel, general of Michigan Attourney, in a statement.
“It is important to know that someone who has been able to grant the deceased’s desires may have taken advantage of this position. I am grateful to the Financial Crime Division in my office for further investigating these types of events and ensuring that the most vulnerable are protected. “
According to a press release, 50 percent of the victim’s trust was assigned to the Michigan Humane Society, but that payment was never assigned.
It is believed that he deposited a total of $ 262,732.68 in his attorney’s escrow / escrow account, distributed two payments to individuals named in the trust, but provided no money or notice of interest in the trust to the Michigan Humane Society .
Semaan was charged by Judge Barbara Scherr in the 16th District Court late last week. He is due to appear for a conference on probable reasons on April 15 at 9:00 am.