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Attorney Admits Taking Estate and Trust Funds

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Louis area attorney admits in federal court that he embezzled funds from client estates and trusts.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says in one case, 46-year-old Steven Gartenberg diverted more than a hundred thousand dollars to his firm and himself.  The estate money was supposed to be paid to a church and a charity.

Prosecutors say in another case, Gartenberg was supposed to manage the assets of a mentally disabled client, but instead took more than two-hundred-thousand dollars for his own use.

When he’s sentenced in September, Gartenberg faces twenty years in federal prison.  Restitution is mandatory.

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