A Conshohocken resident, Aaron S. Friedman, was sentenced to 15 to 30 months in state prison on November 15th in connection to the theft of more than $980,000 from the estate of a cousin who hired the 63-year-old attorney to be the executor of his will. Friedman had pleaded guilty on August 23rd to the failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and access device fraud.
In addition to the jail time, Friedman received 10 years probation and was ordered to repay $981,023. The stolen money had been mostly designated to be donated to charities by Dr. Sheldon S. Farber upon his death.
The presiding judge, President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. in Bucks County, stated to Friedman, “You stole the legacy of a very generous and kind man.”
The investigation in Friedman began in 2017 when another attorney working on behalf of the estate contacted the Lower Southampton Police Department. The investigation discovered that Friedman had made 81 transactions from the estate’s bank account to himself or to his business.
Mugshot – Bucks County District Attorney’s Office