Crime

Attorney stole more than $46,000. Was the sentence too lenient?

A suspended attorney has to pay back his former law firm in full.

It's not the only consequence for John Philip Boileau, 51, of Lock Haven. He was also placed on probation for five years and fined $1,000.

The attorney pleaded guilty in Clinton County to a felony theft charge, according to court documents. He admitted to stealing $46,318 from Roberts, Miceli and Boileau, a law firm in which he had been a partner.

Boileau was also suspended in April by the Disciplinary Board for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from practicing law for five years, according to state court documents, though he could have been disbarred. He consented to the five-year suspension and said in court documents he "could not successfully defend" himself.

Boileau has practiced law for 23 years, and was "remorseful" for his actions.

He was confronted about the missing funds in June 2015, and he allegedly acknowledged misappropriating more than $40,000, court documents said, and began to pay the firm back at that time.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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