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Former attorney avoids prison time for embezzling $737K

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former attorney from suburban Milwaukee will not go to prison for embezzling $737,000 from his old law firm.

Circuit Judge David Hansher rejected the prosecution’s request to send Brian Mularski of Bayside to prison for two years. Instead, Mularski will spend a year in jail with release privileges to work two jobs. He also gets 5 years of probation – but he’ll have to spend that time in prison if he commits another crime, or violates the terms of his release.

Hansher said he rejected prison time because Mularski has already paid back $238,000 – and the judge called it the largest restitution he can remember in these kinds of cases.

Hansher said he once sentenced a lawyer to two years in prison because he gambled away $2.5 million of a client’s money – and the lawyer never tried to pay it back.

Mularski diverted over 200 payments from the law firm of Eisenberg, Riley, and Zimmerman that were intended for insurance companies. The money went instead into a fund he controlled in the law firm’s name. It happened between 2006 and ’09, and the scheme was uncovered while Mularski was on vacation.

Prosecutors said he used the money for a variety of personal and business expenses. His attorney says Mularski now works for one of his previous victims, Global Financial Credit. And he has a second job with International Sports Management.