Albion attorney charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud

Posted 29 January 2018 at 5:43 pm

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office

Kevin Allen

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Albion attorney, Kevin R. Allen, following a two-week investigation into allegations of fraud, grand larceny and other misconduct.

Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke reports that Mr. Allen, 31, of Gaines Basin Road was charged with Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, Petit Larceny, and Scheme to Defraud 2nd Degree following the investigation into complaints of misconduct from two separate clients.

One client alleged that Allen was paid for attorney services to commence divorce proceedings and was then advised the divorce was finalized when in fact, the process had not been started. A second client reported that Mr. Allen was hired to bring a civil lawsuit against certain companies on behalf of the client as well as assist in collecting monies owed from a divorce. To date, Allen has allegedly collected more than $57,000 from the victim and had not filed any claims on behalf of his client.

It appears that Allen allegedly engaged in behavior that violates the established rules for professional conduct by attorneys as well as the N.Y.S Penal Law, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said.

Allen was arraigned by Town of Albion Justice Joseph Fuller and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff at the Orleans County Jail on $10,000 bail. Allen is scheduled to return to the Town of Albion Court on March 14 at 9 a.m.

Anyone with concerns or additional information on this case or other cases should call Investigator Jeffrey Gifaldi at 585-590-4125.

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