A former Bristol lawyer who allegedly stole more than one million dollars from an elderly woman he represented in an estate case is now facing 29 felony larceny charges.
According to Patricia King, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Roger Nielson, 65, went on interim suspension in 2001 and resigned in December of 2013.
His lawyer, attorney Donald Freeman, of Hartford, could not be reached.
According to the state judicial branch web site, in July of 2012, a Superior Court judge suspended him from the practice of law and the Statewide Grievance Committee was ordered to conduct an audit of IOLTA and trust accounts held by him.
In April 2013, Nielson resigned and waived the privilege of applying for readmission, according to court records.
The arrest stemmed from a complaint lodged with police in July 2012, filed by the administrator of the estate of a former client. He allegedly wrote 15 checks – from $1,000 to $150,000 – to himself drawn on the client’s account.
He was arraigned in Superior Court in Bristol on Friday and posted $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is May 30.
Former client Eunice Bossi hired Nielson in 2009 when her husband died and left his estate to her. She died in 2012.
Her niece, who was appointed executrix of her estate, filed a lawsuit against him for $800,000. She claims he took more than one million from her accounts in 2011.
Bossi’s niece alleges Nielson “exerted control” over Bossi by isolating her from her family.
He changed the locks on her home, took her checkbooks, screened her mail, changed the ignition on her car so only he had the key and told her she would have to go to a nursing home unless she let him manage her money, according to court documents. The lawyer is also accused of liquidating some of her savings bonds and selling some of her stocks.