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Ex-Richmond lawyer sentenced to 3+ years in prison

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Jun 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-08 13:32:11-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A judge sentenced Bradley Douglas Wein, 51, to 45 months in prison and two years of supervised release after the former Richmond attorney gave forged documents to another lawyer representing him in a separate case.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride announced the sentence today in a joint press release.

It read that in 2005 an “elderly client” hired Wein to handle legal and financial matters.

Wein was later arrested for mail fraud and identity theft after he allegedly racked up $27,000 worth of credit card charges under his client’s name.

During his trial Wein said he had permission to use the cards. He gave his defense attorneys faked letters where he claimed to have disclosed which purchases were his “personal” purchases, the release stated.

Wein’s attorneys filed the letters in court. That led to Wein’s indictment on and eventual conviction for obstructing an official proceeding. He was acquitted of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.