CINCINNATI - A disbarred attorney stole more than $400,000 from an 83-year-old Morrow woman, according to a Hamilton County grand jury indictment disclosed Wednesday.
William G. Goetz, of Cincinnati, was charged with 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.
A warrant has been issued for Goetz's arrest.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment.
"Prosecutor Deters and I both believe that we need to prosecute those who prey on the elderly," said DeWine. "The amount of money that this man allegedly stole from the victim is staggering."
According to investigators, Goetz prepared legal documents and participated in a complex real estate transaction for the woman. He allegedly took more than $400,000 from her that was intended for future tax payments stemming from the land deal and deposited the funds into his business accounts for his personal use.
As part of the deception, Goetz also created a fake letter from the Ohio Attorney General's office to further his crimes, officials said.
Goetz was disbarred by the North Dakota Supreme Court in 1991 for fraudulent dealings with clients, offiicials said. He has never been an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. In 2005, the Ohio Supreme Court sanctioned Goetz for unauthorized practice of law and fined him $30,000.
Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or by calling 800-282-0515.
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