About a year after he forfeited his law license amid questions about missing client money, former Connecticut U.S. Attorney H. James Pickerstein has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Pickerstein, 69, of Fairfield, who had most recently been practicing at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Jan. 14 before Judge Victor Bolden. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Nardini said the amount of loss in this case was about $613,000. While the mail fraud conviction carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, Nardini said the advisory sentencing guidelines are for Pickerstein to serve 33 to 41 months. Both sides may argue for a sentence that is outside those guidelines.

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