Lawyer to serve 4 months in jail for taking from client
By David Doege
of the Journal Sentinel staff
Last Updated: Sept. 1, 2000
An attorney was placed Friday on three years of probation including a four-month jail term for stealing money from a tube-fed multiple sclerosis patient while overseeing the patient's financial affairs.
Charles Glynn pleaded no contest to a felony theft count for stealing an unspecified sum from the now deceased man when the man was a patient at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The theft charge issued in a plea agreement covers thefts of between $1,000 and $2,499, but a criminal complaint indicates that investigators from the white-collar crime unit believe that a total of roughly $20,000 was stolen through overbilling.
Glynn, 38, of the 1400 block of N. Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa, provided investigators with his personal appointment calendars and billing statements, contending the amount of overbilling was far smaller. However, the calendars and statements were at odds with each other at times over whether legal services were provided as claimed.
"Even if all of the meetings on the calendar occurred, the defendant still took $2,390" from the victim inappropriately, according to the complaint.
The complaint also says that the victim's benefits as a veteran were suspended for a period because Glynn failed to provide necessary paperwork despite repeated warnings from the veterans agency.
The complaint says the theft occurred in 1994 and 1995 and the delay in issuing criminal charges was partly the fault of Glynn, according to Assistant District Attorney David A. Feiss.
"The investigation dragged on for quite some time because he was not forthcoming," Feiss told Reserve Judge Russell W. Stamper, who sentenced Glynn.
Glynn, whose license to practice law has been suspended, apologized "for the shame I brought the (legal) profession."
"I've lost that privilege (to practice law) because of my own actions and no one else's actions," he told Stamper.
"This is a sad day for me," said Stamper, who noted that he knew and liked Glynn.
Glynn is prohibited from applying for reinstatement of his law license
for the next three years and must perform 25 hours of community service.
Appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 2, 2000.