On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, it was announced that 62-year-old Thomas M. Murtha of Birmingham, Michigan had pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in relation to the theft of more than $1.3 million. Murtha previously resided in Newtown, Connecticut. Court documents and statements made in court proved that Murtha operated a law practice under the name Maher & Murtha LLC in Bridgeport. Starting in roughly November of 2011, the defendant stole at least $1.3 million from more than 20 people.
Some of the victims were law clients, while others were friends and family members. More than $516,000 of the stolen money was intended for the benefit for an individual with mental health issues. As a part of the scheme, the defendant submitted false or forged documents to victims. He also incurred charges on credit cards in the names of others without their permission or knowledge.
It was revealed that the defendant used some of the stolen money to purchase a $725,000 house in Birmingham, Michigan. Murtha resigned from the bar after three grievance complaints were filed against him. He was arrested on April 5, 2017. A multi-count indictment was returned against Murtha on August 16, 2017. The defendant is now scheduled to be sentenced on September 11, 2018. At that time, Murtha will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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