Suspended attorney gets probation on theft charge

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — Suspended local attorney John Philip Boileau, 51, of Lock Haven, was sentenced to five years’ probation, fined $1,000 and ordered to make full restitution of $46,318.50 by Jan. 2, 2018, at his sentencing Wednesday in Clinton County court.

The sentence was the result of a plea agreement between Boileau and the Office of Attorney General. Boileau previously worked for the Lock Haven law firm that was known as Roberts, Miceli and Boileau, LLP.

Police said he intentionally kept money that was meant for the firm and was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a third-degree felony. On Monday, Boileau presented the court with a check for $32,000 toward the restitution and said the remainder of the restitution would be forthcoming in two weeks.

Senior Judge John B. Leete of Potter County presided over the proceeding and ordered the remainder of restitution be paid by the first business day of January, 2018, which is Tuesday, Jan. 2. The judge took opportunity to scold Boileau, telling him his actions breached the trust of the law firm he was associated with and created a poor reflection on the entire law profession. The investigation included a review of records for bank accounts used by Boileau and other documentation. The alleged thefts occurred between May 2010 and June 2015.

Deputy Attorney General Megan V. Madaffari said the victims — Roberts and Miceli and Hartford Insurance– did not object to the plea agreement.

“They were deeply hurt, but are ready to move on.” Paying restitution immediately was a big factor in agreeing to the deal, she said.

Boileau’s law license was suspended last April for a period of five years, according to an order issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.