NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A suspended New Jersey lawyer has admitted he stole money from clients in two unrelated matters.
Richard Zuvich, a 64-year-old Metuchen resident whose practice was in Woodbridge, now faces a five-year state prison term and will have to pay $310,000 in restitution.
Middlesex County prosecutors say Zuvich admitted Monday that he took the proceeds of a client’s home sale and put the money into a trust account, then used the funds for his own personal gain without the clients’ authorization.
In the other matter, Zuvich admitted he negotiated an insurance settlement for a house that burned down on behalf of a client without her consent or knowledge, then stole the settlement money.
Zuvich was admitted to the state bar in 1980. But his law license was suspended in May 2017.