In court documents, Brown Steiner admits to misappropriating a total of $400,000 from his clients mostly from real estate transactions. A civil judgement demands Brown Steiner pay the money back, but what if any criminal charges does he face?
Former attorney and East Rochester Justice Terrence Brown Steiner admitted to "misappropriating" tens of thousands of dollars from his clients -- some of them elderly and suffering from dementia.
A civil judgement demands Brown Steiner pay the money back, but what if any criminal charges does he face?
This case may appear to be another one of a judge misbehaving but there is one key difference, Terrence Brown Steiner immediately resigned from his job as a justice in East Rochester and gave up his law license. Despite admitting to stealing thousands from his former clients, it doesn't appear he's facing any criminal charges.
Our first call was to District Attorney Sandra Doorley. We wanted to know if her office will file charges or send this case to a grand jury. A spokesperson for the district attorney told me Doorley could not comment on a pending investigation.
In court documents, Brown Steiner admits to misappropriating a total of $400,000 from his clients mostly from real estate transactions. Gail Stell is one of five victims has been ordered to repay. We tried to speak with her.
Gail Stell is near 80 and a case manager for her at the retirement home where she lives told me Stell has no family and is suffering from dementia and she "barely remembers what day it is."
We also reached out the Judge Doran, who would have been Brown-Steiner's direct supervisor. But because he resigned, Doran had no authority over him.
Two of the clients listed in the restitution order have died. We spoke with two of Brown Steiner's clients who he represented in divorce proceedings, but neither wanted to appear on camera because both are independently seeking actions against him.