The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut reports that a former East Haven attorney has been charged with stealing more than $18,000 of the proceeds from the sale of a house owned by an estate he was retained to represent. Here’s the news release from federal prosecutors

Alfred J. Cronk, age 55, was charged with one count of Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony carrying a maximum prison sentence of ten years.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cronk arranged for the sale of the home of a deceased East Haven woman whose estate he was retained to represent. The proceeds from the sale were deposited into the attorney’s trustee account from which he misappropriated more than $18,000, the warrant alleges.

According to the warrant, Cronk surrendered his license to practice law in May 2013 following an investigation of complaints brought against him by other individuals to the state Judicial Branch’s Disciplinary Counsel for lawyers.

Cronk was released after posting a $20,000 non-surety bond and will be arraigned in New Haven Superior Court, G.A. No. 23, on March 25, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office in Rocky Hill.