Jersey City attorney admits taking $75,000 from estate

FREEHOLD – A suspended Jersey City attorney admitted Tuesday he misused more than $75,000 from the estate of his deceased cousin, a Sea Girt resident.

John Hamill, 65, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second degree Misapplication of Entrusted Property. Hamill entered his guilty plea before Monmouth County Superior Court
Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2016.

Hamill was arrested in October 2014, after an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office revealed he made numerous withdrawals from the estate of a cousin in Sea Girt.

Hamill
used the money for the payment of debts and personal expanses.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Hamill be sentenced to serve 180 days in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, as a condition of any probationary
period.

The plea bargain also calls for restitution in the amount of $109,422. Hamill, who is currently suspended from the practice of law, has also agreed to disbarment as a part of the plea agreement.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor William Somers on behalf of Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Hamill is represented by George Mardinly, Esq., of Rumson


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