Yonkers lawyer charged with stealing $82G from client

A real estate lawyer is accused of stealing $82,700 from a client who was selling an apartment in Yonkers.

Bruce Mogavero, a 54-year-old Eastchester resident, was arraigned in Westchester Conty Court today on a felony charge of second-degree grand larceny, according to the county District Attorney’s office. He is free without bail.

Prosecutors allege that Mogavero, whose office is on Xavier Drive in Yonkers, stole the money between March 1 and July 1 while representing a man selling his apartment at 485 Bronx River Road. The money was to remain in an escrow account.

Police are investigating Mogavero to see if he stole money from other clients.

Mogavero faces up to 15 years in state prison if convicted. He is due back in court Sept. 28.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.