BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Four disbarred lawyers continued practicing in order to fleece unsuspecting victims of tens of thousands of dollars to cover personal expenses -- including one who used $73,000 to pay off a gambling debt, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
He identified them as:
Lawrence Jaskot, 66, Lodi;
William E. Gahwyler, 53, Wyckoff;
Jonathan Greenman, 37, Fair Lawn;
Leonard H. Adoff, 59, Keyport.
The investigations were triggered by civilian complaints and information received from the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, Molinelli said.
Jaskot, was disbarred on Jan .7, "was utilizing monies, in excess of $75,000 from his Attorney’s Trust Account for personal expenses," the prosecutor said.
It included $56,500 to be placed into trust to cover unpaid state taxes following a house closing in April 2014, he said.
Gahwyler, whose license to practice law was suspended on February 22, 2013, "received approximately $15,000 from an attorney, which was to be placed into trust relative to a landlord / tenant matter," Molinelli said. Instead, he "placed the monies into his business account and then used them to cover personal expenses."
Greeman,, whose license to practice law was suspended on February 20, "continued to practice law and represented a client in a family court matter without informing that client of his suspension," he said.
Last October, he "received monies relative to a deed recording and realty title and transfer fees but did not complete the transactions," Molinelli said.
Adoff, who was disbarred last October, "utilized approximately $73,000 from his Attorney’s Trust Account to pay off illegal gambling debts," the prosecutor said. "In an effort to conceal his activities, [Adoff] filled out the memo portion of the checks he wrote from the account to make them appear as if he was paying 'commissions'."
Greenman and Adoff were ordered held on $15,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail.
Greenman was charged with theft by failure to make lawful disposition and unauthorized practice of law.
Adoff was charged with misapplication of entrusted property.
Jaskot and Gahwyler received Sept. 24 court summonses..
Both were charged with misappropriating entrusted property and theft. Gahwyler also was charged with unauthorized practice of law.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.