A Brooklyn attorney who refused for more than two years to return a $30,000 down payment in a failed real estate deal, even after her client died and his estate engaged new counsel, has been sanctioned $10,000 and ordered to pay more than $40,000 in costs.

Solo practitioner Regina Felton eventually returned the $30,000, as well as more than $6,000 in interest, in April 2008, after spending 11 days of a six-month sentence on Riker’s Island for civil contempt of court.

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