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

December 15, 2010 |  8:15 am

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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