Easton-Area Attorney Charged with Defrauding Estate
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Angelo Perrucci, Jr., of Bangor, PA was arrested and charged by Indictment with wire fraud.
The indictment alleges that between on or about March 16, 2016 and on or about May 29, 2019, Angelo Perrucci, Jr., while serving as the administrator of an estate of a deceased Bergen County, N.J. individual, defrauded the estate of more than $300,000. During the more than three-year period in which Perrucci purported to serve as the administrator of the estate, he issued more than seventy checks to himself.
“As alleged in the indictment, this defendant – an attorney entrusted with the care of this estate – committed fraud and stole from the true beneficiaries of the estate,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Attorneys of any kind, public or private, take an oath to act in accordance with the law – not to use their law license to steal. My Office will continue to root out the type of conduct that is alleged here.”
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 100 years’ imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Mannion of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.