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Long Island Lawyer’s Adoption Scam

Kevin Cohen, Esq., was an attorney on Long Island. He was recently found guilty of stealing in excess of $300,000 from families he represented. He had promised these families to help them adopt children. Unfortunately, the children did not exist.

Mr. Cohen was found guilty of 37 counts, including 16 counts of second-degree grand larceny, 11 counts of third-degree grand larceny and 10 counts of third-degree forgery. Mr. Cohen now faces up to ninety-two years in prison for his crimes. He will be sentenced on December 7, 2010. As a result of his criminal convictions, he will receive a mandatory disbarment.

Mental Illness

Mr.Cohen’s defense was “mental illness”. He represented himself at the time of trial. He claimed he could not be criminally responsible for his actions due to the fact he suffered from a mental illness. Unfortunately for Mr. Cohen, the prosecution was successful. They were able to show that he was a bright, intelligent lawyer who knew exactly what he was doing.

Judge John Kase, sitting in the county court of Nassau County, ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support an insanity defense for Mr. Cohen.

From October 2007 to the time of his arrest in September 2009, Mr. Cohen was in charge of an adoption agency called Adoption Annex. He represented to the public that he was an adoption expert. He charged his clients large sums of money for his legal services. He had also fabricated forged records and had shown his clients fake sonograms and fake medical records to convince them he had a child who could be adopted.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Cohen’s bail was set at $500,000 and he was never able to make bail. Mr. Cohen deserves a long jail sentence !!.

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