Lawyer pleads guilty to stealing $2M from SI cemetery to fund lavish lifestyle

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A New York real estate lawyer has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $2 million from the United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island between 2012 and January 2014.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that Timothy Griffin will be sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison on the grand larceny charge.

Griffin had a law practice in Bronxville and was serving as acting president of the Staten Island cemetery. Prosecutors believe he stole from the cemetery to reimburse money he had been stealing from his clients between April 2009 and February 2014.

“This defendant not only stole from the clients of his law practice, but then stole millions from his charity in an attempt to disguise as theft,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office has zero tolerance for anyone who abuses the public trust by taking advantage of a position at a nonprofit.”

Prosecutors say Griffin spent his clients’ money to live a lavish lifestyle including a membership to Westchester’s Waccabuc Country Club, expensive cars and jewelry.As part of his plea, he will sign a confession of judgement in favor of United Hebrew Cemetery for $1,832,764.00

.Griffin faces separate charges for multiple counts of grand larceny for stealing from his clients. He is expected to plead guilty to the counts on Feb. 19 in Westchester County Court.