Attorney Brad Koffel is representing a former Upper Arlington lawyer facing felony charges. Some of those charges include theft, forgery, tampering and money laundering charges for allegedly forging documents and collecting death benefits intended for a child. As of right now, she is poised to appear in Franklin County Common Pleas Court next Wednesday for arraignment.
State prosecutor's allege that the former attorney illegally changed a court document that was meant to appoint a Texas man as the legal guardian of his son after the boy's mother died. A Franklin County prosecutor said that the defendant altered the documents so that she would be named as the legal guardian in order to collect the deceased woman's Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) death benefits.
The prosecutor's office claims that the defendant's criminal activity took place between April 8, 2008 until April 19, 2013. Mr. Koffel stated that his client plans to plead not guilty at the arraignment. He also stated that his client is "deeply surprised by these allegations." Both Koffel and the defendant will need some time to process the allegations and decide on the best course of action.
It does not appear as if the defendant is currently in practice, but her employment history seemed to indicate that she was working toward becoming an experienced lawyer as she was recently out of law school. Ohio Supreme Court records indicate that, although she was admitted to practice law in 2005, she surrendered her license to practice in 2011 because of undisclosed disciplinary action that was pending. Should she be convicted of all her charges, she faces a maximum nine years in prison.
You can read the full article titled "Former Attorney Indicted on Felony Charges" in Upper Arlington News.