A lawyer who stole more than a half-million dollars had his law license revoked Tuesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The court disbarred Brookfield attorney Thomas Bielinski after he was convicted of felony theft in April.
Bielinski pleaded guilty to stealing more than $542,000 from the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Milwaukee County treasurer. According to prosecutors, Bielinski purported to represent parties in foreclosure cases between 2007 and 2011. He stole surplus money that remained after sheriff’s sales of the foreclosed properties. He also forged documents and stole court records in an attempt to cover up the thefts.
The state Office of Lawyer Regulation filed a two-count complaint against Bielinski in July stemming from the criminal conviction. Bielinski did not contest the OLR’s allegations.
The OLR recommended that Bielinski’s law license be revoked, which Bielinski agreed to, and the state Supreme Court adopted on Tuesday.
“Attorney Bielinski has admitted to engaging in serious criminal conduct which consisted of an ongoing scheme to defraud the court and innocent parties solely to benefit himself financially,” the court wrote.
Bielinski made headlines last December when he was arrested for failing to appear at a plea hearing.
Bielinski was sentenced to five years in prison and remains behind bars.