Buffalo attorney admits stealing from second client

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo attorney now admits stealing funds from a second client.

David Widenor pleaded guilty Thursday to second degree grand larceny. The 45-year-old admitted that he stole $207,000 that was to be held in an escrow account pending the resolution of a civil matter and used the funds to take his family to Disney World and to pay off personal loans.

Widenor last appeared in court in April, when he pleaded guilty to third degree grand larceny. In that case, he admitted stealing $22,000 from an escrow account.

The funds were there pending a settlement, at which time he was supposed to send the money to his client. But the settlement was never signed and the funds were never sent to his client, meaning they still belonged to Vocal Technologies.

Widenor used those funds for his own personal use, including paying for his children’s education.

He will be sentenced in both cases in September and faces prison terms of five to 15 years for second degree grand larceny and two-and-a-third to seven years for third degree grand larceny.

As a result of his guilty pleas, Widenor was disbarred.

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