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May 21, 2013

Ex-attorney faces new set of charges

NEW CASTLE — A disbarred attorney, already jailed on theft-related charges, is facing a new criminal case.

Michael Frisk, formerly of Ellwood City and now serving time in the Lawrence County jail, is charged with forgery and other counts for allegedly taking money from an Allegheny County client.

Frisk is serving a jail term of seven to 14 months after being sentenced in January in four similar cases.

In the latest case, the district attorney’s office in Allegheny County contacted Ellwood City police, claiming Frisk had taken money from a client.

According to paperwork filed in the office of District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, Frisk had told a client that criminal charges would be dismissed if restitution totaling $1,143 was paid.

The client allegedly give Frisk a check in that amount, but charges in the case were not dismissed. The client eventually contacted police.

Because the alleged payment to Frisk was made in his law office in Ellwood City, the borough’s police department took charge of the investigation and brought charges of forgery, receiving stolen property and two theft counts.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28.

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