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Former law firm partner sentenced for embezzlement

Local News | Jul 01, 2013

Former law firm partner sentenced for embezzlement

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A former partner of a central New Jersey-based law firm is headed to federal prison for embezzling more than $885,000 from the firm.

Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Timothy Provost of Millstone Township received a 33-month sentence this week. He also must serve three years of supervised release once he’s feed and must pay $887,134 in restitution.

Provost had pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge.

He admitted that between April 2004 and January 2011, he wrote checks from the Freehold-based firm’s attorney trust and business accounts to himself and his personal creditors. He used the money to pay personal expenses, including his mortgage, his children’s tuition and horse stable expenses.

Provost had access to the law firm’s bank accounts so he could conduct real estate transactions on behalf of clients.