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Legal Guardian Indicted On Theft, Records-Tampering Charges

An attorney who served as a legal guardian for hundreds of people in central Ohio has been indicted on charges alleging theft, records-tampering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The Franklin County prosecutor says 65-year-old Paul Kormanik is accused of taking large amounts of money from his wards and obtaining free funeral services for some clients by concealing their accounts. The indictment announced Wednesday against Kormanik includes two previous felony theft charges to which he pleaded not guilty in October. The nine new counts include felony charges of theft from an elderly or disabled person, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. A court official says no court date has been set. Kormanik's attorney Richard Kline declined to comment Wednesday.