A Connecticut attorney, Anthony V. Zeolla was suspended for five years and ordered to pay restitution for taking people’s money in foreclosure defense cases and not appearing in court.

According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, Judge Antonio Robaina wrote that Zeolla had a pattern of deception that started in 2014 for failing to communicate to a client the scope of his legal representation and fees.

The court focused on three clients whom he reportedly had taken their money for foreclosure defense and then either never or rarely did he communicate with them

Robaina wrote “the court has considered his prior disciplinary history, the pattern of misconduct, the aforementioned failure to appeal and file answers in his disciplinary matters, the failure to address the issue of restitution and the failure to rectify the damage caused by his misconduct.”

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