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SOUTH KINGSTOWN- The Wakefield lawyer charged with embezzling almost half a million dollars from his clients in 2008 was sentenced to three years in prison for forgery, counterfeiting and embezzlement.
Nathaniel J. Nazareth, Jr., 53 pleaded no contest to five felony charges on June 24 before Judge William Carnes after skimming $500,000 from three clients in 2008. Nazareth was sentenced to a full sentence of 10 years with three years to serve, seven years suspended and seven years probation. Total restitution costs are $413,667. At Washington County Supreme Court, Nazareth was found guilty of forgery and counterfeiting, embezzlement of more than $100, embezzlement of more than $1,000 and two counts of unlawful appropriation of more than $1,000. While serving time, Nazareth will have work release, which was part of the plea deal.
The court dismissed several other charges, including one count of unlawful appropriation of funds of more than $1,000 and two counts of forgery and counterfeiting.
According to the September 2009 petition by the state courtâ€™s chief disciplinary counsel, the Wakefieldâ€™s lawyerâ€™s charges stems from three allegations in 2008. The state supreme court suspended Nazereth from practicing law in 2009.
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