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Newport Beach attorney accused of stealing $117,000 from widow

An Orange County attorney is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges that he siphoned off more than $117,000 from one of his widowed clients.

Redmond Peter McAneny, 55, is accused of securing a $117,000 settlement between his client, Deborah Slaybaugh, and her son and then stealing it. Slaybaugh's husband had changed the terms of his trust before he died, leaving it unclear who should receive his life insurance benefits.

McAneny received Slaybaugh's check and deposited it into her account, authorities said. After depositing the check, he allegedly began writing himself checks drawing funds from Slaybaugh's account until it was empty.

The lawyer faces felony embezzlement charges and up to four years in prison if convicted.

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Comments () | Archives (15)

HOW stupid must a lawyer...or anyone...be, to put the proceeds into the surviving wife's checking account..and then draw out that money by writing checks?? Yikes.
Can this article really be saying that? He needed to call the Bar ethics hotline before he started down that path....

Not surprised...Lawyers are predators

slime ball!

Sadly this seems to be the rule, not the exception.
Do law schools teach that anything you can get away with is "OK" ?
Take anything you can from the Elderly, if you can take it all they can't
hire another scum bag to try and get it back.

As if they DONT get paid enough this one wants MORE. He SHOULD be convicted and sent to jail and his license to practice REVOKED.

You know $117K is not that much life insurance, probably all this woman had after her husband passed. She should be entiled to this jerk lawyers assets. Too bad if he has a family. The victim here had a family too.

He isn't the only attorney that steals money from clients. I'm currently taking two attorneys to court over stolen money from the clients trust account. The Bar isn't interested unless it hits the newspapers. As they say, it's the 99% that give the others a bad name.

This is not news to anyone whos been around attorneys, their thieves soon or later they’d end up behind bar, their the degreased part of our society

He needs to be disbarred, sent to prison and his assets liquidated to pay her.

Trust no one

A crooked lawyer........shocker! Do what you know best. I guess $500 an hour wasn't getting it done quick enough.

Ken and Jeff, this is the exception not the rule. There are a few bad apples in any profession, but it is unfair and ignorant of you to tarnish the reputations of hundreds of thousands of honest and ethical lawyers because a few break the law.

@Lawyers Are soul-less: It would cost $500 an hour playing blackjack in Vegas if you applied the basic rule, played $50 a hand and tipped $5 a drink (2-3 per hour).

Why is he even being prosecuted? He was just doing what every lawyer is EXPECTED to do, lie and steal under color of their bogus laws and rigged courts.
Oh right, someone complained TOO loudly and that makes it tougher for the rest of them to sleeze their craft under the public's uneducated, ignorant noses.

Never trust a lawyer even your own. My father passed away in 2008 and
I was left everything in his Will. My father had a Pacific Life
Annuity with $150,000 in it and I was the beneficiary on it. A day
after my father passed the Judge granted a court order not allowing me
in my father's home which I was a joint tenant on. A few weeks later
the Judge made an order and had Pacific Life Annuity cashed out.
Pacific Life should have never done this and he though it has been
since 2008 they will not talk to me about it.

This was accomplished by my father's EX WIFE, they were divorced in
1999. I was told the EX shared half of her take with her lawyers. I
paid my lawyers up front of course. So the lawyers all got a piece and
I am sure the Judge was also paid off.

There should be a story about me in the paper. I have been a Aids
survivor now for 23 years and my father wanted me to have his estate to
help with the cost of my medical condition.

A Will means nothing and Judges do whatever they choose. I am very
disappointed in America and our corrupt Judicial system


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