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Former Columbus Attorney Admits Stealing From Clients, Taxpayers

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office
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65-year-old Paul Kormanik pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of theft from an elderly or disabled person, one count of theft and five counts of tampering with records.

A former Columbus attorney who served as a court-appointed guardian to nearly 400 Ohioans admits stealing from four of his wards and from taxpayers. 

65-year-old Paul Kormanik pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of theft from an elderly or disabled person, one count of theft and five counts of tampering with records.

Prosecutors say Kormanik took just over $40,000 from accounts belonging to three of his wards after they had died and moved an additional $6,368 in life-insurance proceeds he received as guardian of another woman to his personal checking account.
 
Kormanik also falsified applications for city-paid funeral expenses on behalf of his wards by concealing their assets.