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Lawyer convicted of embezzlement avoids jail

A former Falls Church lawyer who admitted stealing from the assets of an elderly Arlington couple received a suspended four-year prison sentence last month.

Erin Weber Anderson – now known as Erin Marie Weber – was ordered to repay more than $275,000 she was accused of taking while she served as guardian and conservator for the victims, according to the prosecutor in the case, Lena S. Munasifi.

Anderson’s law license – which was summarily suspended earlier this year upon her guilty plea – was revoked by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board April 27.

A lawyer who took over management of the victims’ affairs said Anderson paid herself from the couple’s assets without clear authority to do so, while she neglected payments for an assisted living facility and a condominium owned by the couple.

The civil case over management of the accounts was resolved in 2010 when Anderson consented to an order that she repay the same $275,000 to the couple’s estates. An insurance company covered the obligation and then obtained a $309,000 default judgment against Anderson.

Anderson’s lawyer in the criminal case, Brendan D. Harold of Fairfax, declined to comment.

By Peter Vieth

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