Charles J. Broida, an attorney from Columbia, Maryland, pleaded guilty to stealing over $28,000 from a client. Broida received a six month suspended jail sentence and was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service. The state's attorney charged Broida with one count of theft. Broida, in connection with his representation of an estate, stole investment dividends instead of distributing the dividends to the widow of the decedent. The widow thought that the dividend checks were going into an account that would be reassigned to her, but found out later that she had no access to the account or funds. Shortly after her discovery, she filed a complaint with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.
Former Frederick attorney, Richard A. Brennan, is now facing jail time after pleading guilty to mail fraud and tax charges. Brennan first opened his practice in 2006 with the main focus of providing clients with debt-settlement services. Brennan allegedly misappropriated clients' funds intended to pay off their debts, and used the money for his own needs. Over a three year period this caused his clients to lose about $2.9 million. In 2007, the Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division investigated him for these allegations. The Attorney General and Brennan came to a settlement in which he would pay $200,000 in fines and costs and repay clients harmed by his scheme. Unfortunately, Brennan never followed the terms of the settlement and never returned any of the money to his clients.