West Chester lawyer faces up to 23 years in prison for accepting payments for incomplete work
West Chester and New Jersey lawyer sentenced to up to 23 years in prison for stealing money from clients for incomplete work and using the identities of his ex-wife and former beautiful -mother to open credit cards and take out loans. , the authorities said.
Joshua Janis, 40, was working as a lawyer for a West Chester law firm in 2013, and when it was discovered he was stealing money from the firm and its clients, he was fired, according to the District Attorney Deb Ryan.
He then opened his own law firm, where he repeatedly accepted payments from clients for legal work he never did over the next two years, Ryan said.
Clients paid Janis to handle civil litigation, personal injury cases, child custody, divorce, abuse protection and criminal defense, Ryan said.
Janis’ ex-wife began receiving credit card bills from companies where she did not have accounts and found out that he opened credit cards and took out loans on her behalf after their divorce, Ryan said.
Janis also reportedly used her former mother-in-law’s name to open credit cards, Ryan said.
“Eight years after the start of the accused’s criminal actions, he finally goes to jail for victimizing people who hired him to represent their legal interests. He stole money and caused irreparable legal and emotional damage. to victims of all ages in a callous and depraved way, “says Ryan.
“More than that, it robbed them of the much-valued trust between a client and their lawyer, tarnishing the profession. The victims, including his ex-wife and former mother-in-law, are to be commended for fighting to reclaim their lives. the damage it caused.
A jury found Janis guilty in December 2020 of 34 counts of defrauding victims who were her clients, Ryan said.
On a separate date, Janis pleaded guilty to 31 counts of identity theft, forgery and other charges stemming from cases involving his ex-wife and former mother-in-law, Ryan said.
Janis was sentenced by Judge Patrick Carmody to 11-23 years in prison on several counts of theft, identity theft, fraud and other charges.
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