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Former Greenwich, Conn., attorney Roland R. Hicks, who was recently suspended from practicing law for 15 years, was arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly embezzling more than $1.2 million from clients. Hicks, 48, was arrested by Greenwich Police at his home in the Dayville section of Killingly, and was charged with four counts of first-degree larceny. He was held on a $500,000 cash bond and was arraigned Aug. 29 in Stamford Superior Court. The presiding judge reduced the bond to $250,000, and Hicks is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26, according to court officials. Hicks’ arrest culminated an eight-month joint investigation by the Greenwich Police Department and the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office. The investigation was prompted by allegations that Hicks embezzled funds entrusted to him by two clients, according to Greenwich Police. The investigation revealed between June 2000 and January 2003, Hicks, while maintaining his law office in Greenwich, allegedly misappropriated more than $1.2 million from two separate clients, police said. Attorney Glenn E. Coe, of the Hartford firm Rome McGuigan PC, who represents Hicks, did not return phone calls. In late July, Hicks was suspended from practicing law for at least 15 years by Hartford Superior Court Judge Vanessa Bryant. Hicks, who was admitted to the bar in 1999, failed to appear at the July 20 hearing. Hicks and Coe claimed to have not known about the scheduled hearing or the suspension. Hicks had been on interim suspension since Dec. 15, 2004, following an October request by the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. The disciplinary counsel’s office had been investigating grievances against Hicks involving allegations he mishandled nearly $2 million in clients’ funds. He was accused of violating the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the handling of $1.4 million that was entrusted to him for the purpose of creating a private annuity for a client. Hicks was also accused of violating the rules for failing to create a trust for a client and his handling of $218,754 that was transferred to his clients’ fund account for that purpose, according to the presentment filed by the disciplinary counsel’s office. Hicks made conditional admissions to violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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