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Cape-wearing lawyer pleads guilty to theft

CHICAGO (AP) — A former personal injury lawyer in Chicago who created a cape-wearing character to drum up business has pleaded guilty to keeping secret from clients’ settlements he’d reached and keeping the settlement money for himself.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 64-year-old Jordan Margolis pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft as part of a plea agreement in which Cook County prosecutors agreed to drop more than two dozen counts of theft, forgery and other charges. He faces up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000 when he returns to court for sentencing next June.

Margolis advertised his services by donning a shiny blue bodysuit , orange skullcap and cape, and purple bandit mask. Calling himself “Excuseman,” he skewered people who “mess up and don’t fess up.”

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