Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Disbarred California Attorney Surrenders To Authorities For Allegedly Embezzling $500K From Clients

From the Orange County Register on 2/27/2015:

A disbarred Tustin attorney who was listed as a fugitive turned himself in this week to face multiple felony embezzlement charges.

Peter Rimel, 52, is facing 27 felony charges, including grand theft, money laundering, theft from an elder and aggravated white collar crime over $500,000 for embezzling large amounts of money from his client, an elderly man who “treated Rimel like a son,” according to court documents.

Rimel, who had been missing since the charges were filed in November, came into Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday accompanied by his attorney, said Deputy District Attorney Demetra Lewis, who is prosecuting the case.

Rimel pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to appear again in court on May 18. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and must prove that the money came from a legitimate source before he can post bail, Lewis said.

His attorney, Gregory Lee, was not immediately available for comment. Rimel was disbarred in August 2014, state records show.

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