Norwood lawyer pleads guilty to insur...

Norwood lawyer pleads guilty to insurance fraud scheme

There are 100 comments on the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly story from Aug 5, 2009, titled Norwood lawyer pleads guilty to insurance fraud scheme. In it, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports that:

A Norwood attorney faces prison time and fines after pleading guilty to a fraud and kick-back scheme that netted at least $1.2 million from an insurance company.

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Yankee in Texas

Kerrville, TX

#62 May 29, 2010
I'm sure God will forgive him; that's God's job. For the less divine, forgiveness precludes neither justice nor accountability. Jim should have considered the possible consequences to his wife and three children before he undertook to supplement his income in this particular way.
Anon

New York, NY

#63 Jun 6, 2010
Did A P get jail time?
jim is a piece of crap

Norwood, MA

#65 Jun 19, 2010
period end of story at least for now
jim is a piece of

Norwood, MA

#66 Jun 19, 2010
To know him is to hate him.
norwood business man

Norwood, MA

#67 Jun 19, 2010
ndlaw? hmmmm let me think? EGO is not jims name, liar is, crook is, slime is, dishonest is,unprofessional is, but how come it took so long to get this guy? God works in strange ways, Right?
Bubba Bob

United States

#68 Jun 19, 2010
leave him alone. he is a lawyer,,he has been trained in stealing and lieing. its all the poor guy knows
norwood

Boston, MA

#69 Aug 21, 2010
Alvin Pasternak out on bond?
norwood business man

Norwood, MA

#70 Aug 28, 2010
I WONDER WHO'S GIRLFRIEND JIM IS IN THE BIG HOUSE?
Stan

Danvers, MA

#71 Oct 5, 2010
Jim was a dick
In high school.
Concerned Citizen

United States

#72 Oct 12, 2010
Alvin Pasternak pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York to two felonies and he was sentenced to six months in Federal prison. Alvin Pasternak's sentence will subject him to supervision following his release from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. Alvin Pasternak's status may be monitored by the public at the Bureau of Prisons website. Alvin Pasternak is currently suspended in New York from the practice of law. Upon a finding that the Federal crimes that Alvin Pasternak committed have felony counterparts in the New York Penal Code, Alvin Pasternak will be disbarred retroactive to the time of his convictions for the Federal felonies.
curious

Boston, MA

#73 Oct 17, 2010
Stan wrote:
Jim was a dick
In high school.
How so?
He Will Never Learn

South Grafton, MA

#74 Nov 16, 2010
norwood business man wrote:
I WONDER WHO'S GIRLFRIEND JIM IS IN THE BIG HOUSE?
I think his boyfriends name is Bubba!!
He Will Never Learn

South Grafton, MA

#75 Nov 16, 2010
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Alvin Pasternak pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York to two felonies and he was sentenced to six months in Federal prison. Alvin Pasternak's sentence will subject him to supervision following his release from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. Alvin Pasternak's status may be monitored by the public at the Bureau of Prisons website. Alvin Pasternak is currently suspended in New York from the practice of law. Upon a finding that the Federal crimes that Alvin Pasternak committed have felony counterparts in the New York Penal Code, Alvin Pasternak will be disbarred retroactive to the time of his convictions for the Federal felonies.
Sounds like Alvin got off easy. That's too bad.
IN RE Alvin Pasternak

New York, NY

#77 Dec 29, 2010
On December 8, 2009, Alvin Pasternak pleaded guilty before the Honorable Leo Glasser, in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to mail fraud, in violation of 18 USC §§ 1341, 1342 and 3551, et seq., and filing a false tax return, in violation of 26 USC § 7206(1) and 18 USC § 3551 et seq.   Alvin Pasternak stated in his allocution that on November 20, 2006, he approved payment of $45,000 to one James Ciapciak based on a false invoice submitted by Mr. Ciapciak.   Mr. Ciapciak shared these funds with Alvin Pasternak.  Alvin Pasternak did not report these funds as income on his federal tax return.

On July 26, 2010, Alvin Pasternak was sentenced to two concurrent terms of six months imprisonment; Alvin Pasternak is now incarcerated and in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He was directed to participate in 100 hours of community service.   Alvin Pasternak made restitution in the amount of $830,000.
Alvin Pasternak Disbarred

New York, NY

#78 Dec 31, 2010
December 17, 2010

Accordingly, the motion to now strike the respondent's name from the roll of attorneys, pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(4)(b), is granted to reflect the respondent's disbarment as of July 26, 2010.

PRUDENTI, P.J., MASTRO, RIVERA, SKELOS and FISHER, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, the respondent, Alvin Pasternak, is disbarred, effective July 26, 2010, and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law;  and it is further,

ORDERED that the respondent, Alvin Pasternak, shall continue to comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 691.10);  and it is further,

ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, the respondent, Alvin Pasternak, is commanded to continue to desist and refrain from (l) practicing law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another,(2) appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, Judge, Justice, board, commission, or other public authority,(3) giving to another an opinion as to the law or its application or any advice in relation thereto, and (4) holding himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law;  and it is further,

ORDERED that if the respondent, Alvin Pasternak, has been issued a secure pass by the Office of Court Administration, it shall be returned forthwith to the issuing agency and the respondent shall certify to the same in his affidavit of compliance pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.10(f).

ENTER:

Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court
Curious

Falls Church, VA

#79 Jan 27, 2011
Anyone know why A.P.'s sentence was so much less (6 months vs. 41 months)? Did Jim have issues with the law outside of MetLife?
Comment

New York, NY

#80 Feb 18, 2011
It is a relief that Alvin Pasternak is in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons and not roaming the streets. It's good that his law license was taken from him.
He will never learn

South Grafton, MA

#81 Feb 23, 2011
Curious wrote:
Anyone know why A.P.'s sentence was so much less (6 months vs. 41 months)? Did Jim have issues with the law outside of MetLife?
Yes Jim did have issues outside of MetLife. He padded all of his bills. That includes all of the other insurance companies he has as clients. I'm suprised he wasn't investigated by all of his clients and given more time. MetLife was very lucky to have someone come forward and have them recover millions. I wonder how much graditute was given to those that came forward. Probably none.
boston

Norwood, MA

#82 Jun 26, 2011
jimciapicak.com dog blog! lol.....
boston

Norwood, MA

#83 Jun 26, 2011
oops! jimciapciak.com dog blog!

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