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Former Va. attorney charged with fraud and identity theft

Former Richmond lawyer Bradley Wein has been arrested on criminal charges that he raided funds of an elderly client, buying coins and other items for his personal use.

According to a federal indictment, Wein was hired by the woman to handle certain financial matters. He used her credit cards to purchase more than $27,000 worth of items for himself, according to the charges.

Wein faces a maximum penalty of 30 years for each of nine counts of mail fraud and a mandatory minimum of two years in prison for each of two aggravated identity theft counts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Wein reportedly moved from Richmond to Tucson, Ariz., recently.

The Virginia State Bar revoked Wein’s law license last month for failing to report his suspension to clients. He was suspended last year as a result of several matters, including accusations of taking loans from clients which were later discharged in bankruptcy.

By Peter Vieth

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