Jury Convicts Attorney of Scheme to Defraud

, New York Law Journal

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A Long Island attorney accused of engaging in a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme has been convicted of committing first-degree scheme to defraud but acquitted of the more serious charge of first-degree grand larceny.

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  • Hershel Siegel

    These are also B Felonies; same 81/3 to 25 years; albeit classified as Violent.

    ATTEMPTED murder in the second degree
    ATTEMPTED kidnapping in the first degree
    ATTEMPTED Arson in the first degree
    Manslaughter in the first degree
    Aggravated manslaughter in the first degree
    Rape in the first degree
    Criminal sexual act in the first degree
    Aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree
    Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree
    Assault in the first degree
    Kidnapping in the second degree
    Burglary in the first degree
    Arson in the second degree
    Robbery in the first degree
    Incest in the first degree
    Criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree
    Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree
    Criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree
    Aggravated assault upon a police officer or a peace officer
    Gang assault in the first degree
    Intimidating a victim or witness in the first degree
    Hindering prosecution of terrorism in the first degree
    Criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the second degree
    Criminal use of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the third degree

  • Hershel Siegel

    I didn‘t believe that Grand Larceny could be a B Felony (up to 8 1/3 to 25 years) so I pulled all of the B Felonies in NY:

    ATTEMPT to commit class A-I felony
    Conspiracy in the second degree
    Criminal facilitation in the first degree
    Aggravated vehicular homicide
    Criminal mischief in the first degree
    Grand larceny in the first degree
    Welfare fraud in the first degree
    Criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree
    Insurance fraud in the first degree
    Life settlement fraud in the first degree
    Health care fraud in the first degree
    Residential mortgage fraud in the first degree
    Bribery in the first degree
    Bribe receiving in the first degree
    Tampering with a witness in the first degree
    Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree
    Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree
    Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
    Criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
    Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree
    Promoting prostitution in the first degree
    Compelling prostitution
    Facilitating a sexual performance by a child with a controlled substance or alcohol
    Enterprise corruption
    Money laundering in the first degree
    Money laundering in support of terrorism in the first degree

    Am I the only one who sees incongruity? Some of it seems a bit harsh!

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