DA: Nassau attorney scammed client out of $1.2M
A disbarred Nassau attorney was indicted Thursday on charges she scammed a disabled client out of more than $1 million.
According to the Nassau District Attorney's Office, 67-year-old Janice Jessup represented a mentally and physically disabled client who was owed $1.2 million from the county through eminent domain to build the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury.
Officials say the homeowner never received any money.
According to the district attorney, Jessup fraudulently obtained a court order convincing the court that she was authorized to handle the money.
Authorities say Jessup, who now lives in North Carolina, spent some of the money on various personal and business expenses having nothing to do with this case.
Jessup refused to waive extradition to New York, but her attorney claims she drove to Mineola overnight and voluntarily surrendered to authorities.
Jessup was indicted on charges of first-degree grand larceny and scheme to defraud.