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Gary Nielsen back in court

Attorney convicted of stealing a client's money now charged with fraud

Local attorney Gary Nielsen was back in court Monday charged with more financial crimes from 2008.

Nielsen was convicted of a second-degree felony last July for stealing money from a client to start a new law firm with his son and son-in-law.

He was sentenced to a year in jail plus 72 months of probation. He was released from jail in December.

Matthew Bates with the Summit County Attorney’s Office said the judge likely released him so he could work and repay the people from whom he took money.

Last November, another associate of Nielsen’s, Robert Sacks, told police he had been defrauded. In December of 2008, Sacks loaned Nielsen’s firm $150,000 with the firm’s office furnishings serving as collateral. In 2010 Sacks and Summit County detectives learned the furnishings had been rented.

On April 19, Nielsen confirmed the facts, and on May 11 was again arrested and charged with communications fraud.

If found guilty, Nielsen will need to be sentenced for this separately. Because the crime predates the July 2010 sentencing, it will not be considered a violation of his parole, Bates said.

Andrew Kirk


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