Saturday, May 18, 2013

Disbarred Attorney Indicted For Allegedly Ripping Off 83-Year Old Woman Of $400K+ In Connection With Complex Real Estate Deal

From the Office of the Ohio Attorney General:

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced [] the indictment of a disbarred attorney who allegedly stole more than $400,000 from an 83-year-old woman from Morrow, Ohio.

    William G. Goetz, of Cincinnati, was indicted Tuesday by a Hamilton County grand jury on two counts of Theft from the Elderly, two counts of Money Laundering, and one count of Tampering with Records. If convicted, Goetz faces a maximum of 31 years in prison.
  • According to investigators, Goetz prepared legal documents and participated in a complex real estate transaction for the homeowner.

    He allegedly took more than $400,000 from the homeowner that was intended for future tax payments stemming from the land deal. Goetz is accused of depositing the funds into his business accounts for his own personal use.

    As part of the deception, Goetz also created a fake letter from the Ohio Attorney General's office to further his crimes.

    Goetz was disbarred by the North Dakota Supreme Court in 1991 for fraudulent dealings with his clients. He is not and has never been an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court sanctioned Goetz for unauthorized practice of law and fined him $30,000 in 2005.

    A warrant has been issued for Goetz's arrest.

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