Disbarred Bronxville lawyer sentenced for stealing from client

A disbarred Bronxville lawyer was sentenced today to five years probation for stealing $82,000 from a former client.

Timothy Quinn, 75, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., pleaded guilty last year to second-degree grand larceny. He has paid $40,000 in restitution and must pay an additional $796 a month until the debt is covered.

Quinn, whose law office was at 65 Pondfield Road, stole the money from a Harrison man who had hired Quinn to help sell his home at 12 Bradford Ave.

Quinn accepted an $82,000 down payment in July 2008 from a couple buying the home that was intended for his client.  When the Harrison man went to collect the deposit at the closing two months later, Quinn had already spent it.

He pleaded guilty on June 15. The sentencing was postponed several times so Quinn could come up with the $40,000 lump-sum restitution that was part of his plea deal.

At the sentencing in Westchester County Court, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea noted that the victim, who had been a friend of Quinn, was more interested in getting his money than seeing Quinn serve jail time.

Quinn must reimburse the New York State Lawyers Fund for Client Protection, which covered his client’s losses. Quinn was disbarred in August.

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.