Montco lawyer sentenced for defrauding clients

Posted: March 09, 2012

A 48-year-old Montgomery County man was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison on embezzlement and tax charges after pleading guilty in federal court last September.

Jeffrey Abramowitz, of Plymouth Meeting, was a partner in a Philadelphia law firm from 2004 until last year when he defrauded clients, including family members, his law partner and Korean emigrants who did not speak English.

Abramowitz's bilked his victims out of $2.1 million, according to a sentencing document. The funds should have gone to clients for settlements, but were used by Abramowitz for home renovations and his daughter's Bat Mitzvah. He also pocketed clients' legal fees without doing any work.

Abramowitz pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker ordered him to pay $1.6 million in restitution to his victims and $360,405 to the IRS. After parole, he will be on supervised release for three years.

- Bonnie L. Cook

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