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Attorney accused of stealing $300,000 from friend's estate

July 21, 2011 | 12:18 pm

An attorney has been charged with stealing more than $300,000 in guns, jewelry and art from a friend who died, authorities said.

Leslie Scott McAfee was arraigned Wednesday on a felony complaint in connection with property and cash missing from the estate of William Sherinyan, who died of cancer in March 2010, authorities said.

McAfee pleaded not guilty.

A beneficiary named in Sherinyan’s will contacted police after receiving nothing from the estate, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors allege that McAfee unsuccessfully tried to be appointed the estate’s executor.

McAfee is charged with four counts of grand theft, 35 counts of grand theft of a firearm, six counts of perjury and one count of forgery, authorities said. The perjury charge stems from McAfee allegedly claiming to be executor of Sherinyan’s estate when McAfee re-registered several guns in his name.

Bail was originally set at $2.2 million but it was lowered in a Wednesday hearing to $100,000, said spokeswoman Jane Robison, of the district attorney’s office.

McAfee secured his released Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The state bar association lists McAfee as practicing law in Valencia. A separate, attorney-listing service places him in Burbank. He could not be reached for comment.

The state bar has no public record of previous discipline or administration actions against McAfee.

If convicted, McAfree faces a maximum 37-year prison term.


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